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posted Aug 15, 2013, 11:59 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Aug 15, 2013, 11:59 AM ]
Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design Charter High School to Move to New Home in Historic Casa de Mexico Building Next to Alameda Theater

SAN ANTONIO – August 15, 2013 - Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design (“HFA: Alameda School”) will move to the historic Casa de Mexico Building next to the Alameda Theater on 318 W. Houston street this month, making it the only high school located within central downtown San Antonio. HFA: Alameda School’s location in a public urban space will play in integral role in the school’s curriculum and mission to provide engaging, hands-on experiences as a means of preparing students for 21st century college and career opportunities. 

Founded in 2009 with broad community support, HFA: Alameda School is San Antonio’s only tuition-free college preparatory high school that focuses on art and design as essential components of a world class education. The school engages students, instills professional expectations, and prepares them for the future through strong academics, a college-going culture, career preparation, intensive art and design instruction, and real-world experiences that focus on innovation and creativity.

Families find that HFA: Alameda School is different from other college preparatory high schools. At this small school, students are provided a personalized learning experience by qualified teachers who are invested in each student’s academic success.

“What we have found at HFA: Alameda School is a school that truly believes that all students can learn and a school that supports its students 110% in all their endeavors. The school is not only interested in how well the student performs academically, but they are also interested in the whole child and in producing productive, intelligent, thoughtful, capable adults,” said Angelina Olivares, mother of 2013 graduate, Martin Olivares.

As a result, HFA: Alameda School’s campus has met and exceeded all four accountability standards under the new TEA ratings for school districts and campuses. For the Class of 2013, 98.5% of seniors graduated on time, with 100% being accepted to college and earning over $750,000 in scholarships. HFA: Alameda School students also achieved an average composite ACT score of 21 and average combined SAT score of 1320. TAKS scores also reflect significant academic achievement for the Class of 2014 with the following passing rates: ELA – 98%, Math – 88%, Social Studies – 100% and Science – 94%. 

Class of 2013 graduates were admitted to over 40 colleges and universities, including Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin, St. Mary's University, College for Creative Studies, Memphis School of Art, and Watkins College of Art Design & Film.

HFA: Alameda School students have won national awards in design and visual arts; state championships in theatre, visual arts and choir; and regional and district championships in volleyball, science, and math. This year, Gerry Vara received a national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal, and was the only high school student in San Antonio to receive this prestigious award. 

HFA: Alameda School’s curriculum is aligned with state standards and provides students with a strong academic foundation in the core areas of math, science, social studies, language arts and art/design. Additionally, students can earn college credit without leaving the high school campus through Advance Placement (AP) courses and through its dual credit program with the Alamo Community College District. HFA: Alameda School students also visit college campuses, receive one-on-one college and career advising, and engage in internship opportunities through local community partnerships. 

The move to the Casa de Mexico this month will further enhance students’ engaged, real-world educational experiences by placing them in close proximity to several businesses and community organizations such as Bromley Communications, a community partner providing HFA: Alameda School students internships.  Additionally, the newly renovated building and modern design will provide students a unique learning atmosphere while the renovation of the historic Alameda Theater will help showcase its award-winning theater department.

HFA: Alameda School is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year.  As a public charter school, all enrolled students attend HFA: Alameda School tuition-free.  Families can download an application at the school’s website: or stop by its current location at 439 Arbor Place. For more information, please call (210) 226-4031 or email Jessica Sanchez at