The Bulverde/Spring Branch Area has a highly educated population with more than one-third holding at least a bachelor's degree and less than 10 percent lacking a high school diploma or its equivalent. This makes the area's population more educated that the San Antonio MSA, the state and the nation.
The Bulverde/Spring Branch Area is served by the Comal Independent School District (CISD), a Texas Education Agency (TEA) "Recognized" district, which offers first-class instructional programs in a family friendly environment and serves as the largest employer in Comal County with over 2,300 employees.
Operating on a $125.8 million budget in fiscal year 2012-2013, CISD covers a 589 square mile area spread over five counties (i.e. Comal, Bexar, Kendall, Hays, and Guadalupe counties) and serves approximately 18,590 students. There are 27 schools within CISD and due to the dramatic population growth that has occurred in the area over the past ten years, 12 of those schools are located within the Bulverde/Spring Branch Area and serve approximately 7,468 students. Elementary schools in the area include Arlon Seay, Bill Brown, Indian Springs, Johnson Ranch, Kinder Ranch, Rahe-Bulverde, Rebecca Creek, Specht and Timberwood Park. Middle and High Schools include Smithson Valley Middle School, Spring Branch Middle School and Smithson Valley High School.
To accommodate projected growth, citizens in CISD passed two bond issues in 2005 and 2008 totaling close to $400 million that has allowed for new schools, renovation and upgrading of existing schools, and future growth. In fact, because of CISD's bond efforts, the district received the 2010 Economic Impact Award through the Austin-San Antonio Business Journal Corridor Growth Summit for creating more jobs through bond projects, new schools, and for keeping up with community growth. CISD attracts and maintains quality, professional teachers and provides a low student to teacher ratio (currently 15.5:1) in classrooms. With test scores well above state and national averages, over $10,900,000+ in scholarship offers and 7 national Merit Semifinalists in 2011, CISD is one of most sought out school districts in the region.
Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School
CISD in collaboration with Alamo Community Colleges has implemented Alamo Colleges-Memorial Early College High School on each of its high school campuses. The mission of AC-Memorial Early College High School is to inspire, empower, and motivate each student to graduate from college or earn a marketable skills certificate in their area of study. Students are immersed in a college culture where they can earn a High School Distinguished Achievement Program Diploma as well as up to sixty hours of college credit towards an associate’s degree and/or baccalaureate degree at no cost to the parent or student. The focus is to provide opportunities for students to become scholarly “thinkers” and “problem solvers” by implementing various instructional practices that are supported school-wide. Services that provide ongoing instructional support/resources, counseling services, aligned college curricula and college advising/planning towards a career pathway will be available.
Centre for Emergency Health Sciences
Quality education is a top priority for the Bulverde/Spring Branch Area. As a community, we are actively recruiting higher education and skills training partnerships. For example, our local Emergency Services District created a credentialed extension campus by partnering with UT Health Science Center San Antonio, USC University of Southern California, Acacia Medical Mission and Our Lady of the Lake University to form the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences offering multi-discipline continuing education, AHA & DSHS certifications, specialized medical workshops, research opportunities and a compassionate experienced faculty. In addition to the
educational component, the partnership with Acacia Medical Mission also assists the medically uninsured/underinsured of Comal/Blanco Counties with
health screenings and health care.
Other Regional Higher Education Campuses
The Bulverde/Spring Branch Area is centrally located among some of the finest public and private colleges and universities in the Central and South Central Texas Regions.
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