CAST Schools in the News. The latest articles and stories on the CAST Schools Network and affiliated schools.

By Ryan Sprott, July 28, 2020 Schools around the world are now facing pressing questions, such as: ●    How can we deliver quality instruction while some students work from home and some are at school? ●    How will students collaborate meaningfully when following social distancing protocols? ●    How can we seamlessly shift back and forth

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Ravae Shaeffer

Southwest ISD welcomes new CAST STEM Principal San Antonio, TX – On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Southwest ISD (SWISD) officially announced Ravae Villafranca Shaeffer as the new principal for the District’s CAST STEM High School. Through a rigorous selection process, SWISD maintained its commitment to students, parents, and staff by seeking input through an open-ended

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SA Express News CAST Teach Photo

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