A Look at San Antonio’s Top Private Schools

With enrichment programs and high-performance standards that are defining qualities among all of the city’s private schools, these campuses stand out within the San Antonio private school arena.

Antonian College Prep 

Location: Loop 410/ West Ave. 

Nearby Neighborhoods: Castle Hills, Balcones Heights Mission Trace Elm Creek Whispering Oaks Park Forest, Shavano Park Hunters Creek Summerfield Huntington Place

A highly athletic school, Antonian College Prep has 30 athletic teams (in which 80% of the students participate!). Antonian's athletic program is ranked #1 among all 6A private schools in San Antonio, and ranks among the top five private schools in the state for most wins and championships. In the classroom, Antonian has been named one of the Top 50 Catholic Schools, sending 98 percent of its graduates to college. Many graduates go on to prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Rice and Notre Dame.

The Atonement Academy 

Location: Loop 1604/ Red Robin (Between Babcock and Kyle Seale Pkwy.) 

Nearby Neighborhoods:  Red Robin, Sonoma Ranch Shavano Park, The Presidio Steeplebrook, The Dominion, Crownridge Legend Hills Grey Forest,

Only two decades ago,  The Atonement Academy started with only 66 elementary students. Now educating almost 600 students from pre-k through high school, the school continues to grow and maintains a wait list for those desiring to get in. The school emphasizes Catholic and classical traditions, as well as the arts. All students learn Latin, participate in one of the school’s 10 choirs, and attend Mass daily at Our Lady of Atonement. 

Central Catholic 

Location: IH-35/ N. St. Mary’s St. 

Nearby Neighborhoods: Tobin Hill, Westfort, Dignowity Monte Vista Alta Vista, Olm os Park, Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills

As the oldest all-boys school in the state, Central Catholic has a tradition of excellence, along with a number of distinguished alumni. With a motto of, “the leader that builds leaders,” Central Catholic requires all of its 547 students to participate in the Junior ROTC program for their first two years. Central Catholic is one of only two private schools in San Antonio with a Junior ROTC program. 

Cornerstone Christian Schools 

Location: Loop 410/ Vance Jackson 

Nearby Neighborhoods: Castle Hills Balcones Heights Mission Trace Elm Creek Whispering Oaks Park Forest, Shavano Park, Hunters Creek Summerfield, Huntington Place 

Founded as a “Christ-centered and God-honoring institution," Pastor John Hagee established  Cornerstone Christian Schools on 49 acres in 1993. Today, over 1,000 students in grades K-12 learn faith-based principles and the importance of academic work while discovering lifelong spiritual growth.

Keystone School 

Location: McCullough Ave./ Craig Pl. 

Nearby Neighborhoods: King William Monte Vista Alta Vista Terrell Hills Alamo HeightsOlmos ParkCastle HillsDignowityMonticello Park, Tobin HillWestfort

One of the most prestigious schools in San Antonio, Keystone has been called “the best school in the world” by the College Board. Offering nothing but accelerated courses to a small student base of only 437 students, one-fifth of Keystone’s seniors are recognized as National Merit finalists each year. One of San Antonio’s few non-religious private schools, Keystone prides itself on its both ethnically diverse and multi-talented student body.

Saint Mary’s Hall 

Location: Loop 410/ Starcrest 

Nearby Neighborhoods:  Alamo HeightsTerrell HillsMarymontForest OaksMacArthur TerracesRegency PlaceHills of Park North

A historical educational institution, Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) has been educating young San Antonians for more than 125 years. The school, both in the past and currently, boasts diversity within the Saint Mary’s Hall community and the education focused on knowledge, self-confidence, and respect for others. The school’s over 1,000 students from pre-K through grade 12 are strongly encouraged to participate in community outreach programs. In addition to philanthropic encouragement, SMH’s college prep offers 25 Advanced Placement courses that provide university-level instruction and credit.

San Antonio Christian Schools 

Location: Hwy 281/ Redland Road 

Nearby Neighborhoods:  Redland Ranch, Stone Oak Summerglen Fossil Springs Cavalo Creek Encino Park Hollywood Park Hill Country Village Bulverde Creek Roseheart

With more than 1,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade, San Antonio Christian Schools’ curriculum carries a strong focus on the value of service, providing students with the opportunity for both local and international mission outreach programs. But it’s not just about philanthropy. With calculus and high-level math, a national-award-winning journalism program and a high achieving art program, the standards within all programs are high at San Antonio Christian.

TMI- The Episcopal School of Texas

Location: IH-10/ Camp Bullis 

Nearby Neighborhoods: The DominionCrownridgeShavano ParkAnaqua SpringsSteeplebrookForest Crest The Presidio

The only other school in San Antonio with a junior Junior ROTC program, TMI serves as a co-ed college prep day and boarding school for nearly 500 students. Unlike Central Catholic, TMI’s Junior ROTC program participation is voluntary. However, as a key point of excellence for the school, one third to one half of the student body choose to participate in it. In the last seven years, out of ninety graduating cadets, twenty-seven were selected for admission to highly competitive military service academies. Twenty others were offered ROTC scholarships, and all went on to colleges such as West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Yale, US Merchant Marine Academy, Notre Dame, Rice, Vanderbilt, Tufts, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Tulane, Clemson, Citadel, and Baylor. High academic achievement for those not in ROTC is expected as well, earning an impressive 100 percent rate of the graduates going on to attend college. Of these graduates, many are offered scholarships. In 2014 alone, TMI graduates were offered over $9 million in college scholarships.

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