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Old 11-09-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Other than Keystone (co-ed K - 12) and San Antonio Academy (Boys only K-8), all non public schools in San Antonio are religious. Coming from MA, I found that hard to believe in the nation's seventh largest city, but it's true.
Just one more clue that the "7th largest city" title has no bearing on anything, and is largely a myth when compared to other cities with similar populations.

San Antonio's offerings are closer to a town of half a million, at best...and is a hybrid of hispanic and anglo cultures. Mostly hispanic. Therefore, the schools are going to reflect that demographic.

A good secular education can be found in some of the more exclusive areas' public schools. Alamo Heights, Stone Oak (depending). Heck, Boerne has great schools.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Currently, what are considered the best private schools in town for elementary and middle school? I am more interested in secular schools than religious.
There really aren't many private secular schools in the entire state of Texas. This is not unique to San Antonio. FWIW, that is one big reason why my kids go to public school. One way to measure how pervasive religion is in a private school is to ask if there is a statement of faith -- if there is, you will want to read it over and see if you agree with it. If there isn't, it probably is fairly open in its views.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Just one more clue that the "7th largest city" title has no bearing on anything, and is largely a myth when compared to other cities with similar populations.

San Antonio's offerings are closer to a town of half a million, at best...and is a hybrid of hispanic and anglo cultures. Mostly hispanic. Therefore, the schools are going to reflect that demographic.

A good secular education can be found in some of the more exclusive areas' public schools. Alamo Heights, Stone Oak (depending). Heck, Boerne has great schools.
Not exactly true. Granted those sides of town might have more parental involvement, resources, money, etc. That does not diminish the education you can receive at a Title 1 campus which I teach at. Education has nothing to do with what side of town you live on. It has everything to do with motivation, work ethic, etc. I work on a really poor side of town within the NISD and the majority of our kids are on free lunch. With that being said we consistently rank higher on tests than other campuses on "exclusive" areas of town. I know b/c I see the numbers every week. So I think it is unfair to categorize one side of town as having a good educational opportunity as opposed to a poorer side of town.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: The "original 36" of SA
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Other than Keystone (co-ed K - 12) and San Antonio Academy (Boys only K-8), all non public schools in San Antonio are religious. Coming from MA, I found that hard to believe in the nation's seventh largest city, but it's true.
What about the Montessori schools like Kriterion and Monte Vista (both pk-8), or the Discovery School (pk-early elem), or the Circle School (pk-8)? I'm sure I'm missing some, but none of these are faith-affiliated.
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Old 11-09-2011, 12:31 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Not exactly true. Granted those sides of town might have more parental involvement, resources, money, etc. That does not diminish the education you can receive at a Title 1 campus which I teach at. Education has nothing to do with what side of town you live on. It has everything to do with motivation, work ethic, etc. I work on a really poor side of town within the NISD and the majority of our kids are on free lunch. With that being said we consistently rank higher on tests than other campuses on "exclusive" areas of town. I know b/c I see the numbers every week. So I think it is unfair to categorize one side of town as having a good educational opportunity as opposed to a poorer side of town.
If you read my post, you can see it says:

A good secular education can be found

I didn't use the word "exclusively".

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