Education has become the critical factor in determining economic success. For individuals — and for communities. 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), San Antonio’s only college preparatory art and design high school shares this vision through our commitment to graduate 100 percent of our students and send 100 percent of those graduates on to a college or university.
HFA is a partnership with local organizations and Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit organization founded by Ford Motor Company Fund and The Henry Ford that envisions, designs and delivers programs to empower people become more innovative, creative and resourceful in how they think and learn.
HFA opened on August 26, 2009 and initially occupied James Bowie School through an unprecedented partnership with San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). In exchange for occupancy and maintenance costs, HFA shared its curriculum and professional development. “It’s exactly the kind of creative, unprecedented collaboration that can help propel the troubled SAISD into a brighter future while also breathing new life into inner-city neighborhoods.” (My San Antonio Editorial. Robert Rivard. June 14, 2009).
In August 2013, HFA moved to the Casa de Mexico in the heart of the Zona Cultural district, adjacent to the historic Alameda Theater. Capital improvements continue to be made through generous grants from Ford Motor Company Fund. Today, our school exudes a vibrancy that extends beyond our colorful walls and into the community that is our campus.
Today, our students are engaged in an empowering education. HFA is San Antonio’s only tuition-free high school that focuses on art and design as essential components of a world class education. We excel at developing not only students’ academic knowledge and skills, but also their potential as critical thinkers and innovative problem solvers — all in a vibrant, accepting atmosphere where students and teachers work together.
Last year (2016-2017), our students Met Standards on their STAAR scores with distinction in ELA/Reading, Science and Post-Secondary Readiness. But that’s just one indicator of achievement. They are winners in many design, visual arts, and performing arts competitions at the state and national level. They complete internships in local workplaces. 100% of our graduates are accepted to a college or university each year and they are pursuing degrees at more than 40 institutions around the country.