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CAST Insights highlights reflections from our network. Learn from our educators, students and partners as they work to reinvent schooling in order to maximize options for students.

Mya Pacheco

Catelyn Vasquez, Partnership Development Specialist for CAST Lead High School interviewed Mya Pacheco, a rising CAST Lead Freshman.   Q&A with Mya: Catelyn: Today we are joined by Mya Pacheco. Hi Mya. Mya: Hi C: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? M: I come from Heritage Middle School. My favorite subject would

See how the network continues to mentor CAST students in a time of social distancing. The Centers for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) is a network of schools committed to providing every student with an educational experience that sets them up for their futures. Students at CAST map a pathway to their dream career through


Series of Conversations Between the CAST Community and San Antonio Leaders.

CAST LIVE is a series of conversations between the CAST school community and San Antonio leaders. Guests share their story of hope and resilience while answering questions from both students and educators.

CAST schools are a network of 5 partnership schools in three school districts. CAST Tech, CAST Med and the Advanced Learning Academy are based in the San Antonio Independent School District. CAST STEM is based in the Southwest Independent School District. Our newest partner, East Central Independent School District, is home to CAST Lead, which

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In partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, CAST schools hosted a special edition of CAST LIVE with Dr. Barbara Taylor. The Q&A session focused on answering questions from students regarding COVID-19. Dr. Barbara Taylor Dr. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and the Assistant Dean for the MD/MPH Program at UT Health

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Cassidy Fritts, Visual Arts Instructor at SAY Sí, joined us for CAST LIVE where she guided CAST students and educators through a step-by-step walkthrough on how to make their own MINI ZINE. Her personal story of hope and resilience taught us about the power of art as a mechanism for reflection, connectedness and healing. Her

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Math teacher Oscar Garcia works with students Mikaley Kester, left, Kailey Nenque-Cazares, Daisy Hernandez and Celeste Rodriguez at CAST Med High School last November. Northside ISD now is planning the network’s fifth high school with an emphasis on training future teachers. Photo: Billy Calzada /Staff Photographer The next CAST Network school is shaping up to

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CAST Schools to receive up to $300,000 and technical support provided by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation CAST Schools is among the 20 school districts (or networks) selected as blended learning demonstration sites in the second cohort of Raising Blended Learners. CAST will receive up to $300,000 in grant funding plus additional in-kind technical

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Joci Awards

    Shared from the 5/14/2020 San Antonio Express eEdition Dancer Kaben Benavides had been looking forward to returning to the stage of the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre this month for her second — and last —spin as a finalist for Las Casas Foundation’s Performing Arts Scholarship Program. Instead, the Advanced Learning Academy senior has

ALA Virtual Prom

May 13, 2020 – Two hours before prom was supposed to start, Carla Garcia was still getting ready. One family member helped with makeup and another was responsible for curling the high school senior’s hair. As the time of the event neared, Carla put on her coral two-piece, floor-length dress with a bejeweled sleeveless top

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Mike Villarreal

MAY 4, 2020 — The Urban Education Institute at UTSA is leading a change in student success throughout the city of San Antonio. The institute has partnered with the Centers for Applied Science and Technology for a new research project that will focus on incorporating improvement science into the network schools. CAST schools partner with


December 9th, 2019 — It was a trip to remember, to a place, and a time, our country should never forget. “I feel angry and sad because some of this stuff I experience.” Emotional, powerful, and needed. If you are looking to sum up a trip through the deep south, those three words are a

Events at CAST Schools

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Dr. Margaret Mauze

        Mental Health During a Pandemic: COPING with COVID-19 Join CAST Schools for a Q&A Session with Dr. Margaret Mauzé, Pediatric Psychologist. Friday, May 29, 2020 12 pm – 1 pm About Dr. Margaret Mauzé Margaret R. Mauzé, PhD, ABPP is a Board-Certified Pediatric Psychologist.  She graduated from Georgetown University as an

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