History

San Antonio's bold SA2020 Plan calls for our city to orchestrate one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.

Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design (HFA: ASAD), San Antonio's only college preparatory art and design high school shares this vision through our commitment to graduate 100 percent of its students and send 100 percent of those graduates on to a college or university.

HFA: ASAD opened at James Bowie School on August 26, 2009 and exudes a vibrancy that extends beyond our colorful student-painted walls and into the community that is our campus. Our school is a partnership led by local arts organizations and Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit organization founded by Ford Motor Company Fund and The Henry Ford and dedicated to creating public schools in public spaces.

Today, HFA: ASAD students have the unique opportunity in San Antonio to attend a college preparatory high school that embraces art and design as a core subject and equips students with a process for developing possible solutions to real-world problems. Highly qualified teachers, a small school structure, small class sizes, a culture of tolerance and respect, and a hands-on approach support teaching and learning growth. Learning extends out into the community, incorporating San Antonio's people and its resources. Visits to college campuses, guest speakers, including professional artists and designers, and exploration of local cultural institutions help students create real world connections. Student and staff artwork is visible throughout our school, and projects are showcased at public exhibitions. Competitive sports programs and school-wide projects provide a well-rounded student experience. All of our students attend HFA: ASAD tuition-free.