Our Mission


The Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) is a San Antonio-based network of schools focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options students while preparing them for college, career and life.

Core Pillars


Industry and other community leaders are equal stakeholders in school design and governance; they collaborate and work alongside students and co-create everything from projects to school curriculum and schedule.


As a community, we help all students reach their full potential. Our schools are intentionally diverse and integrated, and our enrollment practices create schools that reflect the communities we serve. We use data to drive continuous improvement and to ensure that every child’s needs are seen and met.

Youth Voice and Agency

Students act as co-creators and co-problem solvers at the school and beyond, offering ideas, posing new questions and authentically engaging in their education. Student-led learning promotes effective collaboration, development of leadership skills and the development of self-management, goal setting, self-advocacy, and student agency.

Authentic Learning

Student learning is connected to real-world needs outside the school walls; students travel to the workplace and design relevant projects for real audiences, with competitions, presentations, and other authentic exhibitions of learning.

Our Schools

I want to learn more about the following CAST School:

The Advanced Learning Academy is built around four commitments in service of its bold vision for a transformative educational model: Deep Learning, Individuality, Flexible Design and Connection. ALA seeks to nurture students who will become global problem-solvers, tackling the world's most pressing issues through project-based learning.

Principal: Kathy Beiser

Address: 637 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78205 (Fox Tech Campus)

Phone: (210) 738 - 9763

School District: San Antonio ISD

Explore the world of retail, hospitality and tourism, and ecommerce. CAST Lead students will have the opportunity to redesign what the future of these industries look like, working with higher education and industry partners including Whataburger, Visit San Antonio, CE Group and more, ultimately reinventing an industry of the future.

Principal: Dr. Wendy Fuller

Address: 7284 FM 1628, San Antonio, TX 78263

Phone: (210) 634 - 7302

School District: East Central ISD

Prepare for meaningful careers in medicine, public health and biomedical research at CAST Med to add to the pipeline of much-needed doctors, medical practitioners and researchers in the San Antonio area. CAST Med offers a dual language track, project based learning and a partnership with UT Health San Antonio and UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine, individual doctors, and medical groups. CAST Med is located at Brooks on San Antonio’s South Side.

Principal: Dr. Eddie Muzquiz Rodriguez

Address: 2601 Louis Bauer Dr., San Antonio, TX 78235

Phone: (210) 228 - 3380

School District: San Antonio ISD

Explore careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power, and global logistics at CAST STEM. Near San Antonio's Toyota plan, students undertake hands-on projects informed by industry partners such as CPS Energy, Toyota, Zachry, H-E-B and HOLT CAT.

Principal: Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer

Address: 11914 Dragon Ln., Bldg. 800, San Antonio, TX 78252

Phone: (210) 622 - 4810

School District: Southwest ISD

Coding, cyber security, user experience, gaming and entrepreneurship are just some of the career pathways at CAST Tech. Located downtown, students are immersed in San Antonio's tech district with a direct link to industry partners that include H-E-B, Jungle Disk, Rackspace, Frost, and USAA.

Principal: Dr. Melissa Alcala

Address: 637 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone: (210) 554 - 2700

School District: San Antonio ISD


All courses at CAST Schools are project-based, which means students learn by doing hands-on activities that are relevant to the real world.

Two years
college credit

Students can earn up to two years’ (42 college credit hours) of college credit plus industry certificates, which saves time and money in the future.

open to all

CAST Schools are tuition-free and open to students across the San Antonio area who are entering 9th grade.

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