Great Hearts Texas, a high performing public charter school network, is adding two new school campuses in San Antonio and Irving, Texas, its Chief Executive Officer announced today. Great Hearts believes that a classical, liberal arts education—forming the mind and the heart—should be made available for all children.
Network-wide, 100% of Great Hearts graduates attend a 2- or 4-year college and 84% of the Class of 2014 received merit-based scholarships totaling $30.35 million. The average SAT score at Great Hearts is 1820, which is more than 300 points above the national average. The average ACT score is 27.2, which exceeds the national average by more than 6 points.
The Texas State Board of Education first approved Great Hearts in late 2012. In July 2014, the Texas Education Agency approved Great Hearts’ Texas expansion into the Metroplex. Great Hearts opened its first Texas campus (grades K-9) in August 2014, located in Central San Antonio at Temple Beth-El.
Great Hearts’ first North Texas campus will be located at 4250 North Belt Line Road, in Irving, Texas. Great Hearts Irving will open with grades K-7. The second Great Hearts San Antonio campus, expected to open in August 2015, is at 17223 Jones Maltsberger Road. Great Hearts Northern Oaks will open with grades K-7.
“Our two new Texas campuses will build on the great welcome Great Hearts public charter schools have received in San Antonio and North Texas,” said Great Hearts CEO Dan Scoggin. “Our second San Antonio campus will help address the 2,400 family waiting list and the demand for additional high-performing public schools in the fast-growing north side of San Antonio. Community leaders, families and employers in Irving have been especially enthusiastic about Great Hearts and we are excited about opening our first high-performing North Texas campus in this hard-working, diverse and growing community.”
Great Hearts Texas is a sister network to Great Hearts Arizona and its nineteen schools. These schools have an 11-year history of exceeding private and public schools with outstanding academic outcomes, comprehensive arts and athletics programs, and the moral formation of its students. The total enrollment in the Phoenix area is 9,600 students with an overall demand of 11,000 students currently on a waiting list to enroll.
Great Hearts Academy 10th grade students recently outscored peers in every country on the influential Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) triennial international survey evaluating education systems worldwide. Two hundred and forty seven students from four Phoenix-based Great Hearts Arizona campuses participated in the PISA-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Test for Schools. Great Hearts Texas students did not have the opportunity to participate in this PISA test since its first San Antonio campus opened just last fall.
The results provide insight into how Great Hearts academies stack up against their domestic and international peers:
The Great Hearts student average on the reading test (577) outscored every country in the OECD group as well as the partner PISA countries.
On the science test, the Great Hearts average (580) was second only to Shanghai, China.
On the mathematics test, the Great Hearts average (570) was surpassed only by Shanghai and Singapore. Of special note, the Great Hearts Veritas Prep students (587) outscored even Singapore.