Press Release

P21 Announces Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2019

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, Feb. 14, 2019

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has highlighted 18 early learning centers, K–12 schools, districts and beyond school programs in the U.S. as 21st Century Learning Exemplars for 2019. Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design, a high school located in the Zona Cultural district in downtown San Antonio, earned this award for outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career, and life. Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design is the only San Antonio school that has received this recognition since the program’s inception in 2013.

The following organizations are among a select few that received the recognition this year:

Early Learning

Goddard School Broadview Heights (Broadview, OH)
Goddard School Simpsonville (Simpsonville, SC)

K–12 Schools

Canyon Crest Elementary (Fontana, CA)
Elon Elementary School (Elon, NC)
EVSC New Tech Institute (Evansville, IN)
Kairos Public School Vacaville Academy (Vacaville, CA)
Kensington Elementary School (Waxhaw, NC)
Moreno Valley High School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Saint Ambrose School (Brunswick, OH)
Santiago Charter Middle School (Orange, CA)
Valley View High School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Vineyard STEM Magnet (Ontario, CA)
Vista Heights Middle School (Moreno Valley, CA)
Wolf Springs Elementary School (Overland Park, KS)


Lennox School District (Lennox, CA)
Vicksburg Warren School District (Vicksburg, MS)

“Since 2013, P21’s 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program has been identifying and elevating examples of quality 21st century learning. Each year innovative education models are showcased to help other educators do better for every student,” said Karen Garza, President and CEO of Battelle for Kids.

As part of celebrating the best practices from these awardees, Battelle for Kids will develop a case study brief for each exemplar site and release it to the public for free download. There will be a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April 2019. The 21st Century Learning Exemplars, P21, and Battelle for Kids will also share insights and updates via this Twitter hashtag: #P21Exemplar

About Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design

Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design engages students (grades 9-12) in an empowering education. Located in the heart of the Zona Cultural district in downtown San Antonio, HFA: Alameda School is the city’s only tuition-free high school that focuses on art and design as essential components of a world class education. The school excels 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. Developed and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute ( – a nonprofit organization that is redesigning how we learn and lead), HFA: Alameda School’s educational approach emphasizes working in partnership with San Antonio arts and community organizations to provide students with real world learning experiences.
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About Battelle for Kids

Battelle for Kids is a national not-for-profit organization committed to collaborating with school systems and communities to realize the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student, without exception. Formed in 2001, the organization’s leadership in 21st century education now encompasses early learning, during school (K–12), and beyond school experiences. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) joined Battelle for Kids in 2018. P21’s members and partners have been pioneers of 21st century learning since 2002. EdLeader21, also a network of Battelle for Kids as of 2017, started its industry-leading network in 2010 and now has more than 220 member districts and schools across 45 states. As the premier leader in 21st century education, Battelle for Kids innovates and partners with its networks, association and business partners, and school system leaders to design and implement educational experiences that prepare all students to become lifelong learners and contributors in an ever-changing world. The organization’s approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, families, businesses, community, and others—to create enduring impact for every child.

Media Contact:

Kimberly Ratcliff
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications
Battelle for Kids
(614) 441-1452

Lisa Kreinbring
Director of External Relations
HFLI for Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design
(248) 259-4066