Fall is a great season to buy a home for those who may be looking for a good deal.
Typically, once the summer ends, Sellers get more motivated, meaning they are more likely to lower their prices a bit and offer more room to negotiatel. And because many families want to be moved and settled before school starts, there is often more inventory with less competition, giving Buyers a nice upper hand.
Some real estate experts even believe that the week between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 is one of the best times to purchase a new home. This year, estimates suggest that the last week of September could see nearly 50 percent more active listings than any other time in 2022.
So, if you are looking for a new home, we’ve rounded up some of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio to buy a house.
Terrell Hills: This quiet neighborhood located just north of downtown San Antonio is consistently ranked as one of the top neighborhoods to buy a house and raise a family. Residents say that it is a very safe place to live and extremely family friendly with great schools and entertainment around the area. The median home value is about $616,000– nearly double that of the national average– and more than 85 percent of residents own their own home in Terrell Hills. There are plenty of older model ranch-style homes but several of the homes in Terrell Hills are multi-story newer model homes with a modern feel.
Helotes: This historical and charming suburb has grown into one of the most desirable suburbs in San Antonio. It sits on the northwest side of San Antonio, just outside of Loop 1604, making it an ideal home for families and military personnel. Almost 95 percent of Helotes residents own their own home and the median home value is just over $340,000. Residents there say they love the variety of beautiful, yet diverse, housing options.
Cibolo: Located on the Northeast edge of San Antonio, this small suburb is considered to be one of the best places to live in Texas. Cibolo has more of a rural feel with nearly 90 percent of residents owning their own homes. The median home value is much lower than Terrell Hills, averaging about $297,000. Buyers get a mix of newer and older model one-and two-story homes with a lot of big yards and open spaces.
Schertz: Neighboring Cibolo to the left, Schertz is another favorite area to buy a home for young professionals and families. Only about 85 percent of Schertz residents own their own home and the median home value is just under the national median at $303,000. It is considered to be one of the most diverse suburbs and one of the best suburbs to raise a family in Texas, making it an ideal option for home buyers. In Schertz, you’ll get ranch-style homes mixed with two-story family homes. Windcrest: This rural-feeling suburb is great for home buyers looking for their forever-home. Many residents in Windcrest are retirees who own their own home. Like Schertz, the median home value is just under the national average at $298,000. There are plenty of small businesses and neighborhood parks to compliment the mix of housing options. Many of the Windcrest homes are single-story residences though some parts of the area are seeing new construction with more modern-style housing.
Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more details on these communities or many others, and the housing market in the San Antonio area.
Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
There is just something about that first day of Fall on Sept. 22 that screams “pumpkin everything” and to me, there is just nothing more festive than a pumpkin-spiced coffee.
Starbucks has had a strong-hold on the pumpkin-flavored drinks since it launched its first Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2003. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best and if you are someone who wants to go somewhere more local or just need to switch up your favorite coffee spot, San Antonio has plenty of places to curb that PSL craving.
It doesn’t matter whether you are one of those people who have been grabbing a Starbucks PSL since August or if you have been waiting until it was officially autumn because either way, it’s still hot enough in Texas you may want to grab that coffee iced.
One of the locals’ favorite South Side coffee shops, Folklores Coffee House has some of the best options for pumpkin lattes. Instead of the traditional PSL, Folklores offers several seasonal drinks including the Pumpkin Banana Cream Latte, a Dirty Pumpkin Latte and even a Pumpkin Churro Latte if you want to have a puro San Antonio coffee.
If you need a traditional yet basic pumpkin spice latte, try Halcyon which offers up the “Not Your Basic Pumpkin” drink that includes pumpkin pie puree into their recipe or one of Merit Coffee’s locations that has a Harvest Spice Latte with a homemade syrup with Mexican vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and oat milk.
Drink Tank offers customers another puro San Antonio option with their Pumpkin Spice Horchata Latte. The name says it all on this one.
You can also try Berry to Bean for their Pumpkin Pie Chai, a divine sip or get their Flannel Latter made with ginger, honey and cinnamon for a drink that makes you want to grab your sweater.
But if pumpkin isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy some seasonal drinks that include other great flavors of fall.
La Panaderia downtown has their signature Mexican Hot Chocolate that is to die for. It is made with traditional Mexican ingredients like piloncillo and Chocolate Abuelita to give it a unique and rich flavor that will have you begging to drink it cozied up next to a bonfire.
Cinnamon is also a hugely popular fall flavor and Mildfire Coffee Roasters offers a cinnamon roll latte that is made with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Who doesn’t want a coffee that tastes like a warm, homemade cinnamon roll?
A new personal favorite of mine is the Maple Praline iced latte from Shotgun Roasters that brings a true appreciation of the Fall. If you are wanting that pumpkin flavor though, they do have their Sweater Weather made with their house made pumpkin sauce or the Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Take a trip to the Southeast Side to Poetic Republic for their multitude of fall drink choices from their Mellow Latte with pumpkin spice syrup, their Maple Pecan Latte or their Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte.
Really, you can’t escape the pumpkin spice explosion that happens every year, so order up!
Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more details on these locations, or the housing market in the San Antonio area.
Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
La Cantera is a bustling area filled with tons of restaurants, bars and entertainment, a perfect place for all ages. Whether you go for a shopping day or need a staycation, La Cantera has plenty to keep you occupied.
The district is home to some of San Antonio’s largest attractions, like the biggest open-air mall in the area, a giant amusement park and natural areas to suit all types of activities. Located on the NorthSide of San Antonio, the La Cantera area sits in between Helotes and Stone Oak and is just a stone’s throw from downtown or Boerne. It is also right off of the highway, so it is easily accessible for all travelers.
It is also one of the top places to live for young adults due to its proximity to the University of San Antonio Texas campus. Many post-grad young professionals tend to stay in the area at one of the luxury apartment complexes around La Cantera because they are still close to many major workplaces like USAA and the Medical Center while still being able to enjoy fun amenities.
Not only is La Cantera a great place to visit, but many of the places are also dog friendly so your four-legged friends can join in on the fun!
Here are some of our favorite things to do at La Cantera:
Go on a shopping spree: The Shops at La Cantera are the most popular attraction in the area as the open-air mall offers everything from shopping to restaurants to entertainment. Even if you don’t want to spend too much money, it is a good place to just go for a stroll around to do some window shopping. Or if you are looking to buy for all your needs there is an assortment of typical retailers mixed in with luxury stores like Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Quay Australia.
Grab a bite to eat: There are plenty of places to eat in the La Cantera District whether you want fine dining at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille or just want to grab some bar bites at Yard House. There are a number of really cool locally owned places inside the shopping center like Whiskey Cake and Palenque Grill that offer some unique dining options and great ambience. If you don’t want a full meal, there is an abundance of other options from ice cream sandwiches to crepes and everything in between.
Have a day of play: Right next to The Shops at La Cantera is Six Flags Fiesta Texas to take the family or your friends to a day of rides and games. The giant Six Flags amusement park has dozens of different rides to take you upside down, sideways and every direction in between. They also have a water park open in the summer and they just opened Six Flags Fright Fest for the Halloween season to add some spooks to your fun!
Take a hike: Just a few miles from La Cantera are two great hiking areas to visit: Eisenhower Park and Friedrich Wilderness Park. Both areas are great places to take a break and disconnect in nature. Eisenhower has miles of trails with both paved and off-road options for any type of hiker and as a reward, Eisenhower has an observation tower that offers breathtaking views of downtown San Antonio. Friedrich is another great option for hikers of all skill levels to check out.
Sip some margs: One of the coolest places around the La Cantera area is the Tiny Cantina located in The Shops at La Cantera. It’s an outdoor kiosk that acts as a bar specializing in signature margaritas. You can get a margarita flight and try out their three popular flavors (cucumber, mangonada and strawberry swirl), grab a shot flight or get a normal margarita to sip while you shop or to sit and enjoy. And don’t worry, if you aren’t a tequila fan, they do have beer and non-alcoholic beverages available too.
Go on a staycation: If you need a little R&R, have yourself a self-care night or weekend, the La Cantera Resort and Spa offers a luxurious experience to have some fun and relax. Check out the golf course, the spa or the five heated pools on the resort property. Every room and suite also has views of the Texas Hill Country for an added experience.
Let out your inner kid: What is more fun than taking the kids (or the kids at heart) out for a day of play? There are tons of options to choose to get out and moving while still having fun. You can take a trip to Topgolf to play some fun golf games year-round! With a full restaurant and bar, Topgolf is ideal for all ages! Nearby, there is also Andretti Go Karting and Games for the trifecta of go karts, arcade games and Laser Tag. Need we say more?
Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more details for local spots, or the housing market in the San Antonio area.
Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
Fall is in the air, which means it’s almost time to start breaking out sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes (though since it’s still 90 degrees in Texas you may want to make that an iced latte).
If you ask me, some of the most fun seasonal activities happen during autumn: pumpkin carving, apple picking and cozying up around a bonfire. One of the best parts about fall has to be the leaves changing colors, taking in the splendor. There is just something special about seeing the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows replace the normal green coloring on trees.
While most people think that you have to be up in New England to see the most spectacular views, Texas foliage offers some gorgeous leaf-changing views if you know where to look. Texas woods are filled with oak, maple, mesquite and cypress trees that produce an abundance of colors once those summer temperatures drop.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel far from San Antonio to see the cascading colors, so you can take just a quick day trip or a mini weekend getaway to enjoy the autumn atmosphere.
The only downside to leaf-peeping in Texas is that you’ll have to wait a little later in the season than most places, you won’t get the full fall foliage colors until late October or November.
Typically, the Hill Country is going to be your best bet for some good leaf-peeping spots. The vast rolling hills and abundance of state parks and natural areas guarantee some spectacular spots and as an added bonus, most places are within an hour or two of San Antonio.
Guadalupe River State Park is less than 40 miles outside of San Antonio and the 13 miles of hiking and biking trails means you’re sure to be rewarded with some scenic views of the yellow cottonwoods, red sumacs and orange cypress trees along the trails. The best time to go is late October.
If you want a harder hike for a more rewarding view, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers an incredible fall foliage view at the top of its trails. The giant dome that gives the park its namesake means you get a beautiful 360-degree of the kalidescope of colors.
Stay in town and visit Brackenridge Park for a nice stroll amongst the foliage. The historic park, located just north of downtown is home to the San Antonio River, the Japanese Tea Garden, the San Antonio Zoo and more so you have some unique sites to see with the changing leaves. The walking trails take you along the river to get some really nice views.
The other in-town favorites also include Eisenhower Park and McAllister Park on the north side of San Antonio, it is like getting a Hill Country view right here in the city. The parks have multiple walking trails that include wooded dry creek beds and rocky canyons to compliment the changing leaves. And, Eisenhower Park has a lookout tower in the middle of the park to give a birdseye view of the reds, yellows and oranges.
Lost Maples State Natural Area is a Texas-favorite park year-round, but it is also the most well-known place to watch the leaves change. Though it is a bit of a drive—about 100 miles from San Antonio—the picturesque combination of the canyons, Sabinal River and the leaves easily makes the drive worthwhile. Hold off on making the trip though, the best time to see the colors is in the middle of November.
Happy Fall y’all!
Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more details on the parks, areas to visit, or the housing market in the San Antonio area.
Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
The Pearl District is one of San Antonio’s hottest spots with an abundance of bars, restaurants and shops nestled in a quaint outdoor area. It has a youthful and vibrant feel, with open space and plenty to see and do.
Located close to downtown, the Pearl has everything you could need for a retreat: Farmer’s Markets on the weekends, nightlife with some great cocktail and wine bars, some of San Antonio’s most fabulous eats and a luxury hotel with a scandalous past.
Its infamous history started after Otto Koehler, who was known as one of the wealthiest men in the Southwest, took over as the president of the Pearl Brewing Co. in 1902. By 1914, he was married to one woman and dating two others, all named Emma.
It was actually one of his mistresses who shot and killed the San Antonio mogul. His wife Emma took over the brewery and ran the business until her death in 1943. The brewery briefly closed at one point, but construction of the 22-acre complex around the brewery began in the late 2000s with Hotel Emma and the Food Hall opening in 2015.
Now the area is a great place for visitors, and as a bonus, it is pet and kid friendly, so everyone can be included in a trip to the Pearl. It is free to stroll around the Pearl and take in the sights or treat yourself to a nice dinner, drinks and sweet treats.
Here are some of our favorite things to do around the Pearl:
Bring a picnic to the green area: Located right smack in the heart of the Pearl is a giant AstroTurf area surrounded by tables where visitors can lounge and relax. This is one of the best reasons to go to the Pearl because you can bring a blanket, some snacks and a beverage or two (up to you if it is an adult beverage or not) and simply sit and enjoy being outside. No purchase necessary, though several of the restaurants have alcohol and food to-go options if you don’t want to bring your own. Every week during the summer, the Pearl hosts a Thursday night dance party and there is a splash pad for the kids.
Walk the Riverwalk: In my opinion, the Pearl area is one of my favorite spots to start a stroll on the Riverwalk. A little less touristy and crowded than the downtown portion of the river, it is a great spot to take the dog, grab your partner or friends and enjoy some time outside. The river is also easily accessible with multiple pathways near Hotel Emma to take down to the river’s edge.
Check out the shops: The Pearl is home to many boutique shops in and around the district for whatever you may be shopping for. If you are looking for a collection of locally owned shops, this is the place to go. From crystals at Ruby Road Gems to local authors’ works at The Twig Book Shop to some puro San Antonio merch at Feliz Modern Pop there are plenty to check out.
Grab a bite to eat: As previously mentioned, the Pearl is a hot spot for some seriously good and unique restaurants. The Pearl is like a Texas-version of Epcot with flavors from around the world: try a French cuisine at Brasserie Mon Chou Chou or Bakery Lorraine, The Boiler House or La Gloria for authentic Texas foods, Mi Roti to take a trip to the Caribbean or Tenko Ramen for some Japanese flair. On the outskirts of the Pearl is one of San Antonio’s favorite bar restaurants Down on Grayson that specializes in fun cocktails and elevated American cuisine.
Try the Three Emmas: Everyone has to stop into Sternewirth inside Hotel Emma at least once to try their signature cocktail the Three Emmas. Named after Koehler’s three lovers, this cocktail is the perfect excuse to check out the cozy atmosphere at Sternewirth. If you’re lucky you may even get a seat inside one of the empty silos that used to hold the brewery’s product.
Sip some vino at High Street: While there are plenty of places that serve wine around the Pearl district, one of my favorite wine bars to go to is High Street wine bar. A small indoor-outdoor bar nestled in a corner of the Pearl surrounded by greenery; it makes you feel like you’re in a private vineyard in the Hill Country. The selection of wine is abundant, and the wait staff is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.
Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, can provide more for local spots, or the housing market in the San Antonio area.
Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
As a parent there is nothing more important than knowing that your child is safe and happy, so picking the right daycare for your child is not a decision taken lightly.
Studies have even shown that daycare is an important piece of children’s development and kids who attend high-quality childcare develop skills for success; such as problem-solving, emotional and communication skills.
But it can be hard to know where the best place to send your child might be. So, we did the work for you.
Below, we have rounded up some of the highest-rated daycare centers in San Antonio. All of these daycare centers have a 4.8-star rating and above, with multiple Google reviews:
Heimer KinderCare: 5 stars
14230 Cross Cyn
This daycare caters to kids between 6 weeks and 5 years old throughout the week. A nationally accredited day care, the Heimer KinderCare offers programs for every stage of childhood. As an added bonus it has buses to Coker, Thousand Oaks and Wetmore elementary schools.
Kids’ Campus ChildCare: 5 stars
7271 Wurzbach Rd.
Kids’ Campus has been in the Medical Center area for more than 40 years and there are now parents who went to the daycare when they were kids. Much of the learning at Kids’ Campus is hands-on learning that includes fitness, problem-solving, stimulating sensory development and more. Parents say they feel safe and confident leaving their kids at Kids’ Campus.
Dulcinea Spanish Learning Center: 4.9 stars
9950 San Pedro Ave.
For parents wanting a bicultural and bilingual setting for their children, Dulcinea is a great place to go. They specialize in organized play activities to stimulate and have fun. The daycare also offers free meals and snacks for students. Parents say the daycare is like a big, happy family.
Mi Casa Child Center: 4.8 stars
4820 Brandeis St.
This NorthSide daycare offers students from birth to elementary-age to learn in a curriculum that blends traditional learning with play-focused settings. The daycare’s mission is to help students tackle emotional and social challenges in a respectful and kind environment while allowing students to safely learn from their mistakes. Parents say the teachers are the best and form lasting relationships with their kids.
Boss Babies Learning Center: 4.8 stars
4707 San Pedro Ave.
Boss Babies prides itself on running a compassionate and loving daycare. Don’t let the name fool you, Boss Babies isn’t just for the little tykes—they serve students up to 12 years old. They even offer childcare on Saturdays for parents that work weekends. Parents say the teachers are caring and each student gets sent home with a daily report, so parents know how the day went.
Candence Academy Preschool: 4.8 stars
10014 Wildhorse Pkwy.
Found on the North West Side, Candance Academy offers research-based programming for early childhood learning programs for kids. Candance serves children from 6 weeks up to 12 years old. There are multiple playgrounds on the property and staff provides meals and snacks for the kids. Parents call Candence Academy a hidden gem with great teachers and staff.
The Pillars Christian Learning Center: 4.8 stars
11087 Bandera Rd.
For parents who are looking to include Christian values, Pillars is the place to go. They pride themselves in providing a loving and personalized environment with a firm foundation of faith. Parents say their students get excited to go to daycare every day.
LeafSpring School at Sonterra: 4.8 stars
322 E. Sonterra Blvd.
LeafSpring offers daycare from birth through middle school-age students plus summer camps for their students. This NorthSide daycare develops curriculums based on learning through play and leadership. Parents say the teachers are a positive impact and truly care about their students.
Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for additional information, or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
In other parts of the world, high school football is sometimes nothing more than Friday night plans but in Texas, it is almost a religion. There just is nothing like joining a roaring crowd cheering on your hometown players underneath those bright stadium lights.
There is no shortage of football hype in San Antonio and several schools in the area have nationally recognized football programs with dozens of alumni going onto the NFL. Big names like Trey Darilek, Bruce Collie, and Darryl Grant plus dozens more have all come out of San Antonio high schools.
We rounded up the public high schools in San Antonio with the top-rated athletic programs for football players:
- Bryon P. Steele II High School: Located in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, Steele High School is one of the best schools for athletes in the San Antonio area. Football experts say Steele plays “big-time” football and the program has gotten really good quickly. Not only does Steele take the top spot in San Antonio, it also the 10th best high school for athletes in Texas. It also has some famous alumni such as running back Malcolm Brown, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and linebacker Ryan Simmons.
- Judson High School: One of the school’s favorite traditions is the Friday night football games according to student surveys. And attending games is fun, as the football team is known for winning. Located in Judson ISD, the school has made it to the championship game 11 times, winning six championships since 1983. They also hold the all-time Texas state record with 44 consecutive winning seasons since 1977.
- Reagan High School: At Reagan, football games and other sporting events are among students’ favorite activities at school. Like Steele, Reagan located in Northside ISD, has produced some famous names like Green Bay Packers linebacker Ty Summers, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond and former NFL quarterback Trevor Knight. If you’re looking for a big Friday Night Lights kind of crowd, Reagan is a great pick.
- Churchill High School: This North East ISD school is a hub for NFL players with several big names coming from the school. Former NFL players include Glenn and Lyle Blackwood from the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks respectively, Houston Oilers quarterback Cody Carlson and player and coach Alex Van Pelt. While it has been several decades since the football team won a state championship title, Churchill continuously has winning seasons.
- Alamo Heights High School: More than half of Alamo Heights students say that the football games are their favorite school tradition and it’s not hard to see why. The Harry B. Orem Stadium that sits behind the high school offers the perfect setting for some exciting games. Though AHHS has won just one football state title, they have had some big names come out of their program like Superbowl champ Patrick Bailey as well as Shawn Worthen.
Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for additional info, or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
It is officially back to school with many school districts welcoming students back into the classroom this
There are a lot of educational opportunities in the Alamo City. hundreds of publics schools
across 17 school districts, so there is a lot to consider when you think of where you want your child to
Last week, we gave you a list of some of the best school districts in the city, but with hundreds of
schools in some districts alone, it is hard to know what is the best of the best. Fear not, we decided
we couldn’t leave you wondering and compiled a list of the best public schools in the city too.
These lists of the top three schools for elementary, middle and high school comes from Niche, an online
platform that creates in-depth profiles on every school and college in America. Every year, they publish a
list of the best schools in the area for the year.
Looking at factors such as state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher
quality and more Niche ranks the schools using data from the U.S. Department of Education to analyze
key statistics along with millions of reviews from students and parents.
- Wilderness Oak Elementary School – Located in the North East ISD, Wilderness Oak serves over
600 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. About 80 percent of students are proficient in
math and reading. Parents say the staff are caring, compassionate and welcoming.
- Hardy Oak Elementary School – Similar to Wilderness Oak, Hardy Oak also serves more than 600
students in North East ISD. Hardy Oak has slightly better test scores with more than 80 percent
proficient in math and reading. Parents say that everyone on campus goes above and beyond
for their students.
- Woodridge Elementary School – Located in Alamo Heights ISD, Woodridge serves nearly 900
students from 1st to 5th grade. Parents say that the school offers lots of support and community
involvement for the students. It earns itself an A rating with 64 percent of students proficient in
reading and math.
- Alamo Heights Junior School – Alamo Heights is known for its great teachers who serve just over
1,100 students. At least 65 percent of 6th to 8th graders are proficient in reading and math.
Parents say one of the best things about Alamo Heights is the teacher involvement with
- Jose M. Lopez Middle School – There are 1,300 6th through 8th graders at Jose M. Lopez with more
than 75 percent proficient in reading and math. Jose M. Lopez has slightly bigger class sizes with
19:1 student-teacher ratio compared to other schools what have less than 16:1 ratio. But
parents say that the North East ISD school is a very academics focused school with lots of
opportunities for students.
- Bush Middle School – Also in North East ISD, Bush Middle School serves nearly 1,000 students
with a 17:1 student-teacher ratio. The students are at least 70 percent proficient in math and
reading and most parents and students agree that teachers give engaging lessons.
- Reagan High School – Located in North East ISD, Reagan High School earns high marks for its
teachers, clubs and sports for its 3,400 students population. At least 60 percent of students are
proficient in math and 84 percent are proficient in reading. Parents and students say there are
lots of activities to get involved in and many students enjoy going to the different sporting
- Johnson High School – Also in North East ISD, Johnson High School earns high marks for their
academics, diversity and activities. The 3,100 students are at least 78 percent proficient in
reading and math. Students and parents say that the school community is very welcoming and
- Brandis High School – This high school with 2,800 students is found in Northside ISD. Most of the
students are proficient in reading and math and the school’s extracurricular activities are highly
rated. Students say their favorite school activities are the football games and pep rallies. Many
also praise the support from teachers and staff.
Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for more details on each community these schools are located, and others or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
Five Top Rated School Districts in San Antonio
It’s August already, which means stores in San Antonio are filled with notebooks, backpacks and supplies as students prepare to go back to school.
Many districts are starting earlier than usual this year with start dates ranging from Aug. 8 to Aug. 23.
In San Antonio there are 17 public school districts within the county limit, with more than 470,000 students enrolled in school in the 2020-2021 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency.
Ahead of the start of school, Niche—an online platform that creates in-depth profiles on every school and college in America—publishes its list of the best school districts in the area for the year. Looking at factors such as state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and more Niche ranks the districts by using data from the U.S. Department of Education to analyze key statistics along with millions of reviews from students and parents.
Many of the highly rated districts in San Antonio wow their students and families with impressive teachers, high academic scores and an abundance of extracurricular activities that allow for opportunities outside of the classroom.
These are some of the top ranked public school districts in San Antonio:
- Alamo Heights ISD:
Given an A+ rating from Niche, Alamo Heights ISD shines with high-quality teachers and college prep plus an abundance of opportunity for academic and extracurricular opportunities. Alamo Heights ISD has about 4,900 students with a 15 to 1 student-teacher ratio. It has a 97 percent graduation rate and more than 60 percent of students are proficient in math and reading.
Number of schools: 5
Location: North Central San Antonio
- Boerne ISD:
Praised for its academics, activities and college prep, Boerne ISD is one of the best school districts in the area. Serving about 10,000 students, almost 70 percent are proficient in math and reading and nearly 100 percent graduate from high school. Students say that the community environment and the teachers makes Boerne ISD a desirable place.
Number of schools: 12
Location: North of San Antonio
- Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD:
With an overall A rating from Niche, SCUCISD gets its top marks in diversity of the district as well as the clubs, activities and sports opportunities that the district provides. SCUCISD serves about 15,700 students from pre-K to 12th grade. Most students are proficient in reading and math with 96 percent of the seniors graduating high school. Students praise the community-feel of the district and say there is an abundance of opportunities for students to find what they love to do.
Number of schools: 16
Location: Far Northeast San Antonio
- North East ISD:
The second largest school district in San Antonio, NEISD serves more than 60,000 students and is known for its diversity and college readiness. With an A- rating from Niche, many students say NEISD has great opportunities inside and outside of the classroom to learn and grow. More than half of students are proficient in reading and math and 92 percent of seniors graduate high school.
Number of schools: 72
Location: North and northeast San Antonio
- Northside ISD
The largest school district in San Antonio, NISD is also one of the top rated due to its diversity, staff and activities offered to students. There are more than 100,000 students served in NISD with most of the students proficient in reading and math. Students praised the teachers and academic pathways available.
Number of schools: 121
Location: North, northwest and west San Antonio
Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for more details on any of these great school districts, and others or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392
San Antonio has seen some major population booms in recent years, it was ranked as the fastest
growing U.S. city in terms of numeric population growth in 2021-2022, according to data from the U.S.
Census Bureau. During that time, more than 13,000 people moved to San Antonio, drawn in by its
affordable housing and boom of major companies setting up shop in the Alamo City.
Because of this, San Antonio has really made itself an attractive option for young professionals who
want to move to a city with plenty to do and new employment opportunities. In San Antonio, the
median age is 33 years old, making it a great place for young people to settle. But the question becomes,
where are all the young people moving to in San Antonio?
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular neighborhoods for young professionals:
1. Tobin Hill-
Located just north of downtown, Tobin Hill is consistently rated one of the best places for young
professionals due to its proximity to much of the city’s most popular attractions and nightlife. It is
located next to the Pearl district and just outside of downtown, so there it is close to plenty of
restaurants, bars, coffee shops and hiking areas. Here, there is definitely no shortage of things to do.
A small percent of residences are made up of families with children so it is a great place for
singles and young couples.
Like Tobin Hill, Lavaca is a great place for young professionals who want an urban feel and who want to
be close to what’s happening in San Antonio. Located next to the historic King William district and just
southeast of the heart of downtown, Lavaca a solid option. Home prices in Lavaca vary almost as much as each
individual home, depending on updates and upkeep. Most residents are between the ages of 20 and 35 years old.
3. Terrell Hills-
Close to downtown and Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills is another great neighborhood for young
professionals who want a close community feel with high-end attractions like museums, upscale
restaurants and boutiques, and plenty of parks nearby. It is also close to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort
Sam Houston military base for those whose military careers have brought them to the Alamo City. There
are tons of youngsters here who want to be in a dense suburban setting, surrounded by other young
4. Oakland Estates-
For young professionals working in the medical field or some of San Antonio’s biggest companies like
USAA, Oakland Estates is a great spot to set up roots. Oakland Estates has an urban feel to it while being
close to San Antonio’s collection of hospitals and medical centers, plus is close to plenty of shopping and
restaurants at the Rim and La Cantera. There are also lots of parks to explore nearby and it is only about
15 minutes away from downtown. About 1/3 of residents are between 25 and 40 years old.
5. La Cantera-
Not all young professionals want to live downtown and many flock to residences in La Cantera for its
more low-key atmosphere that still offers plenty of options for nightlife, events and proximity to many
of San Antonio’s top attractions. It is also close to UTSA and major employers like Valero and USAA,
making it an easy commute for the post-grad individuals and workers alike. Plus, the La Cantera area is
close to Camp Bullis for the young professionals in the military sphere.
Reach out to Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty, a Top Producing agent in San Antonio, for more details on any of these great neighborhoods or to sell your home, and find your dream home in the San Antonio area. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392