San Antonio’s School and Universities
San Antonio is well known for its commerce, its employment opportunities and, of course, its pro-business climate. But it is also a popular place for relocation because of its excellent system of public, schools, private schools, technical schools, colleges and universities.
The San Antonio Independent School System
The San Antonio school system, overall, includes a student population of 281,216, which attend 495 schools among 44 public school districts and 108 private schools. Spending for each student among San Antonio’ s public schools is an impressive $6,657 per year, thereby reflecting San Antonio’s commitment to quality education.
In addition to its per-student spending, the San Antonio public school system is also aware of the importance of student-teacher ratio and therefore has a student-teacher ratio of just 13:1; the ratio in San Antonio’s private schools stands at 10:1. These small ratios better ensure that the students of San Antonio schools receive the most attention and guidance from the teachers, and students don’t simply fall through the cracks of the school system.
In addition, the high school population in San Antonio is relatively low, ensuring that high school students receive the most attention to ensure their success at post-high school education. In fact, the average student body population in San Antonio high schools stands at about 645. The average middle school student body population is about 519, while the average elementary school population stands at about 460.
The San Antonio Independent School District is the third largest public school system in Bexar County, yet it features many of the same benefits as smaller districts. The SAIDS provides a “comprehensive instructional program and related services for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including a college preparatory curriculum.” There are also several magnet programs and specialized school options for middle and high school students.
Students in the SAIDS also have several other learning opportunities, such as career and technology education, bilingual education, special education and a number of extracurricular opportunities.
San Antonio’s Colleges and Universities
San Antonio offers a tremendous variety of post-high school training and education. In addition to its eclectic atmosphere, temperate weather and sunny skies, and its plethora of employment opportunities for recent college graduates, San Antonio is home to hundreds of colleges, universities, technical schools and training programs. It is no wonder that tens of thousands of students from all over the world flock to San Antonio each year to take advantage of its beautiful climate and affordable post-high school education and training opportunities.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, for example, is the largest university in San Antonio, as it boasts more than 30,000 students and three campuses. Trinity University is a nationally renowned university that boasts highly acclaimed programs and a student body of less than 3,000.
In other words, whether your preference is a large university or a small, intimate college, San Antonio has it all.
San Antonio is also home to a number of technical schools and junior colleges, thereby affording quality education to students, regardless of their career goals or expectations. Just some of San Antonio’s colleges and universities include:
- Alamo Community College District (includes Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College)
- Baptist University of the Americas
- National Autonomous University of Mexico
- Northwest Vista College
- Our Lady of the Lake University
- Palo Alto College
- San Antonio College (SAC)
- St. Mary's University
- St. Philip's College
- Texas A&M University-San Antonio
- Texas Lutheran University (in Seguin)
- Trinity University
- University of Mexico in San Antonio (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)
- University of Texas at San Antonio
- University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center
- University of the Incarnate Word
- Wayland Baptist University