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CHAMPIONS OF OUR OWN SUCCESS
San Antonio Preparatory Charter School Newsletter
A proposed 5th - 12th grade public charter school for the families of San Antonio, Kirby, & Converse.
MARCH 21, 2019

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OUR MISSION

San Antonio Preparatory Charter School provides a college preparatory education through high quality instruction and rigorous curriculum in a challenging and supportive learning environment, ensuring all students in grades 5-12 are ready to graduate college and succeed in the career of their choice.

Dear Friends and Supporters of San Antonio Preparatory Charter School,
 
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community
and world better than you found it.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

 
San Antonio Prep (SA Prep) is committed to improving the lives of our students, impacting our community and changing the world. This newsletter welcomes you to the SA Prep family, to the core beliefs upon which SA Prep is built, and to the work that will deliver the education that every child in our community deserves. These bi-weekly updates will inform you of our work and we encourage you to share them with colleagues, friends, and family.

On March 15, 2019, SA Prep passed TEA’s Phase 1 Evaluation (Education Plan) and has moved into Phase 2 Evaluation (Finance, Operations, and Governance Plan). As we move closer to authorization, we would like to give a sincere thank you to all of the organizations and families that trusted and supported us in a number of ways. This would not be possible without your support of our vision and mission. Thank you.

In commitment to our students’ potential,

Stephanie Hall Powell
Lead Founder and Proposed Executive Director, SA Prep
(210) 535-4666

OUR MODEL

 
High-Expectations
“From the barrios of East L.A. to military schools, from the tough streets of Harlem to prep academies for the wealthy elite, the schools that set the bar high and hold everyone to the same level are the schools that get results. . . .When disadvantaged inner city schools adopt the same mindset and inclusive requirements as elite private institutions, they get the same results.” (Alex Thomas. The Quad. “The Secret to Education Excellence: High Expectations.”) Additional research on schools that are showing what is possible for all students indicates that “when teachers had a fixed mind-set, the students who had entered their class as low achievers left as low achievers at the end of the year. When teachers had a growth mind-set, however, many of the students who had started the year as low achievers moved up and became moderate or even high achievers.” (Carol S. Dweck. “Mindsets and Equitable Education.” Principal Leadership. 2010)

Every member of the San Antonio Prep team – Board members, administrators, teachers, and support staff - will hold our students to high standards in academics and behavior because we know they can reach those expectations when we teach them well, support them every day, and believe in them without reservation, and when we explicitly design the school’s academic, operational, staffing, and financial models around those expectations. We know that achievement builds self-esteem. We know that living out high expectations also means long hours and consistent discipline, in which all students know exactly what is expected of them at all times. Being a school that truly lives out high expectations also means that we have structured and joyful classrooms in which all students feel physically, socially, and intellectually safe and where teachers implement a consistent, school-wide behavior system. High expectations in our community will provide students the supportive environment that will give them the needed confidence to be life-long learners.
 
OUR TEAM
Board Member, Dr. Milton Harrisis the Executive Director of the 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. He serves as the Chairman of Van Courtlandt Foundation and is a small business owner. He has over four years of experience as a professor of finance and business.  Dr. Harris served 20 years in the USAF and is a Real Estate Broker, serving as owner of MB Harris Properties, LLC., a real estate investment company. He received the San Antonio Black Achievement Award for Business in 2007 and was recognized for community leadership and entrepreneurship by Top Ladies of Distinction in 2017.  He was awarded mentor of the year by 100 Black Men of San Antonio, Inc. in 2017.  Dr. Harris earned a Doctor of Business Administration in Finance from Walden University, an MBA from Webster University, and a BS in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University. 
Board Member, Rhapsody Vogt, is a hardworking, trustworthy, passionate and energetic Senior Realtor at Vivid Realty.  Rhapsody is the Local San Antonio Secretary of Women's Council of Realtors.  Rhapsody is proud of her diverse work experience, starting with eight years at Hartford Insurance sales and ten years in public education (6 yrs teaching and 4 yrs administration). She also currently works with the Outreach and Recruitment Office at San Antonio College to help all students meet their college potential.  Rhapsody holds multiple degrees, including a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, a MBA in Organizational Management, a Master of Education in School Leadership, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Transformational Leadership. Rhapsody is a native to San Antonio and knows the demands of growth and the need for high quality education for all.
STAY CONNECTED
Stay connected and updated by visiting our website at www.saprep.org and signing up for our newsletter.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  Spread the word by sharing our website, posts, and upcoming events, including Saturday, April 6th at Walmart!  Come and learn more about our proposed school!

Walmart | 4096 N. Foster Rd. 78244 | 10:00am-12:00pm
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