CAST Schools are partnership schools, co-created by industry, civic leaders, and other external partners, who participate in decisions about curriculum, budget and school governance. In addition to their critical role in the school design, our partners provide mentorship, real-world work experiences, internships, and job opportunities, shaping the career readiness of students and helping them seamlessly transition into college or the workforce while nurturing a homegrown and committed source of talent.
Southwest Independent School District (SWISD) was established in 1951 to educate the rural population of Bexar Country. The southwest region of the city has grown and the district now serves nearly 14,000 students under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, who attended and graduated from schools in the very district where he works now.
CAST STEM is the second free, public high school in the CAST network. Open to students across Bexar County, CAST STEM allows students to explore careers in engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy & power, and global logistics. College coursework and industry-recognized certifications are embedded within the high school program at CAST STEM and supported by employer partnerships as well as two-year and four-year higher education partners. CAST STEM students will be prepared for careers in advanced manufacturing, energy operations, drone pilots, aerospace, logistics and more. Like all CAST graduates, CAST STEM students are guaranteed a job interview upon graduation.
At CAST STEM, our core higher education partners are Texas A&M-San Antonio (TAMUSA) and Palo Alto College.