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Step 1 - Admissions Guidelines

Non-Denominational Statement

Because San Antonio Christian School (SACS) is not associated with a local church and is self-described as non-denominational, families occasionally assume that SACS is generic in its biblical position and teachings.  In order to avoid any misunderstandings, it is important to know that SACS is a conservative, evangelical, protestant Christian school.  We hold to the inerrancy of the Bible (John 10:35b; 2 Peter 1:20-21) and believe that all who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, God incarnate (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9), are eternally saved (John 1:12-13; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 5:13).  Therefore, we are not as concerned about specific church affiliation as we are about one’s relationship with Christ and that there is a growing relationship with Him evidenced by regular family involvement in church.  During the interview process, applicants will be asked to share their faith in Christ and their walk with Him.  We trust this information will help you understand what SACS is and who we represent.

Admissions Policy Statement

Christian school admission policies fall into two broad categories: 1) open-enrollment schools (sometimes called missional or evangelistic schools), meaning there is no belief or lifestyle requirement for parents who want to have their child attend the school, they must only agree to their child being instructed according to the stated mission, vision, and beliefs of the school, and 2) closed-enrollment schools (sometimes called discipleship or covenant schools), meaning that a family desiring to enroll a student in the school must give evidence of their Christian beliefs and lifestyle.

San Antonio Christian School (SACS) falls into the second category.  It is the philosophy of SACS that we exist to partner with Christian families specifically seeking to educate their children in the context of a biblical worldview.  As a school founded in Christ, we believe we must have families dedicated to Him and view Jesus as being central to the education process.  Accordingly, SACS only admits families/students who evidence a heart inclination toward God’s Word, biblical principles, and the exaltation of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3 – NLT)

Admissions Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE: We are not an SEVP-certified school, therefore we do not provide the necessary documentation to enroll international or exchange students.

1. Profession of Faith/Church Involvement

All Parents (including joint custodial parents and legal guardians) with whom the student lives, to include step-parents, must have a personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation with evidence they are in a growing relationship with Christ by regular family involvement in a Bible believing local church.

2. Student Discipline

Students having been expelled or under suspension at another school are not eligible to enroll at SACS. It is the desire of SACS that such a student return to their former school as soon as possible and place themselves under the proper authority of their school; once reconciliation and submission to school authority has taken place the student may then apply to SACS stemming from a desire to receive a Christian education.

3. Student Academics

SACS provides an academically rigorous college preparatory program.  Students must be on grade level as measured by standardized test scores and grades.  Students with poor standardized scores or grades will not be admitted to SACS until such scores have improved as determined by the school administration and admissions office.

4. Seniors

Enrollment of new 12th grade students is restricted by school board policy to only those students relocating from out of town or state. Twelfth grade students must be transferring from a Christian school with good references and grades. The only exception would be a Christian family relocating from an area where no Christian school is available. All seniors must be approved by the Board of Directors.

5. Student Desire

SACS realizes it is normal for students to have mixed feelings about changing schools. The admissions director will evaluate such uncertainty.  However, any prospective student who does not want to attend or has a resistant spirit concerning attendance will not be accepted.

6. Student Profession of Faith/Church Involvement

Obviously, not every student attending a Christian school is born again.  However, as a student progresses through SACS, there should be a heart that is inclined toward the things of the Lord. It is important that the family, church, and school – who work together to this end – have a unity of spirit about each child’s salvation and maturity in Jesus Christ. It is critical that there is agreement with this philosophy prior to enrolling at SACS. New students applying for grades 9 – 12 grade must have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior with evidence they are in a growing relationship with Christ by regular family involvement in a Bible believing local church.

7. References

Applicants are to provide three letters of reference: Personal, Academic, and Pastoral. An assistant pastor, youth pastor, elder, deacon, or Sunday school teacher who personally knows the parents and student may substitute for the head pastor. All references are requested through our online application via email, and all responses are returned automatically to your application packet via email. All you must do is to enter the names and email addresses of your references.

8. Partnership

It is the philosophy of San Antonio Christian School that we exist to partner with Christian parents desiring an environment where congruence can exist for their children between home, church, and school. There are specific standards of behavior expected of families and students at SACS to live a life consistent with God’s word. The school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in opposition to the philosophy, mission, or purpose the school endorses.

9. TEA Age Requirements

SACS adheres to the Texas Education Agency guidelines for entrance age into Pre-Kinder, Kindergarten, and First grade. A student must be at least four (4) years of age on September 1st of the school year for Pre-Kinder, five (5) years of age on September 1st of the school year for Kindergarten, and six (6) years of age on September 1st of the school year for First grade. (TEA §29.151 and §29.153)

Step 2 - Complete Online Application

Complete Online Application which includes the following:

      • Application Fee (non-refundable)
      • Validated Immunization Record
      • Copy of Official State Birth Certificate
      • Copy of Official Court Documents (if applicable)
      • Release of Records Form (1st-11th grade students only)
      • Pastor Reference Form
      • Personal Reference Form
      • Academic Reference Form
  • The Admissions Process is not complete until Step 2-4 are complete.

Step 3 - Assessment & Transcript Review

Once a student has a complete application, the next step is an assessment for PK-9th grade and Transcript Review for 10th-12th grade.

      • Pre-Kinder – We will administer an in-house developmental assessment for all incoming Pre-Kinder students to determine developmental readiness.
      • Kinder-1st – We will administer an in-house developmental and academic assessment for all incoming Kinder-1st grade students to determine grade readiness.
      • 2nd – 9th – We will administer the ERB ISEE assessment for all incoming 2nd-9th grade students. The ISEE  is designed by experts to measure both reasoning and achievement skills.
      • 10th-12th – We will have our High School Guidance Department do a Transcript Review. This review will be an evaluation of report cards and standardized testing (PSAT, Aspire, ACT or SAT). If we do not have this information, we may require an ERB ISEE assessment.

The Admissions Office will contact PK-9th grade applicants to get assessments set up. For 10th-12th grade applicants, once the Transcript Review is complete, we will contact the applicant to schedule the interview.

  • The Admissions Process is not complete until Step 2-4 are complete.

Step 4 - Interview & Notification
      • Once the assessment (grades PK through 9) and/or Transcript Review (grades 10-12) has been completed, you will be contacted for an interview with the Director of Admissions.
      • Admission interviews are required with both parents in attendance or the single parent with whom the student lives, of students applying to PK through 12th grade.
      • Additionally, students applying for grades 6 through 12 will need to accompany their parents to the admission interview.
      • Applications, testing scores and Transcript Reviews are reviewed by the admissions committee of each school and senior applications will also be reviewed by the Board of Directors (per admissions guidelines, senior applications are limited to out of state/city students with good references and grades transferring from another Christian school)
      • After the interview with the Director of Admissions you will be notified of your student’s enrollment status.
      • If the decision is to accept, an enrollment card with instructions will be included with the decision letter and parents will have 10 days from the date the decision letter was written to respond.
      • If an applicant is qualified to attend SACS, but there are no places currently available, the applicant will be placed in a “wait pool.”  Wait pools are not prioritized lists.  If a space does become available, the Admission Committee will select the most qualified candidate from the pool.
  • The Admissions Process is not complete until Step 2-4 are complete.

Once an application is submitted and a student(s) is accepted, the enrollment fee, POE fee (6th-12th grade), tuition and the TPP fee (optional) will be due to finalize enrollment. If planning to pay monthly payments, please know that tuition starts in June for all families and if a student is accepted as late as August, the tuition owed to enroll would be for June, July and August. Please see the tuition and fees information in the right-hand menu for more info.



PLEASE NOTE: We are not an SEVP-certified school, therefore we do not provide the necessary documentation to enroll international or exchange students.

If you have questions, please contact:

Kelly Morlan
Admissions Coordinator
Office: (210) 248-1646
Fax: (210) 340-0461

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