In Bulverde Spring Branch, we care about our kids. We know school choice can be one of the toughest decisions a parent can make. By offering excellent options for every age of youth and young adult, we ensure families find the best place for their child’s learning.
Education has the power to change a life, both the life of a child and the life of a community. Education provides our youth with the tools they need to be successful and competitive in the workplace. Our schools create students who are knowledgeable, confident, self-dependent citizens.
Bulverde Spring Branch offers top-notch learning opportunities at every level. With a variety of educational options available ranging from an excellent public school system to private schools and nearby colleges and universities, residents have plenty of choices to achieve their educational goals.
Excellence is the hallmark of the Comal Independent School District (CISD). Its boundaries span nearly 600 square miles, encompass five counties, and are home to 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and an early college high school/school of choice.
In Bulverde Spring Branch, 93.6 percent of residents are high school graduates, with many holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. Comal ISD provides a strong foundation for the next generation to follow suit, and the district’s test scores rank above the state and national averages. In fact, one student was named a 2018 National Merit Semifinalist, and nine were named National Merit Commended students. A record 17 Comal ISD students earned distinction in the National Hispanic Recognition program.
Along with high academic standards, CISD promotes a well-rounded educational experience for students. Personalized learning approaches include Gifted and Talented, Dual Credit and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs. In addition, a broad range of Advanced Placement courses are offered, spanning subjects from chemistry and computer science to English literature and microeconomics.
Numerous school-sponsored, extra-curricular activities support a healthy, family-centered lifestyle. The district also has an extensive Community Education program for adults and school-age students in the region. Affordable courses offer opportunities for professional development, participation in group activities and cultural enrichment.
Comal County is growing, and as the population of the region climbs upward, student enrollment is keeping pace. In fact, admission is growing at an average of 4.5 percent per year, making ongoing district and community planning a must.
To meet the demands of its growing student population, CISD opened two new middle schools in 2018. One relieved overcrowding at Canyon Middle School; the other relieved student congestion at Spring Branch and Smithson Valley Middle Schools. Currently two new high schools are under construction. High School #4 will be located in Garden Ridge to relieve overcrowding at Canyon High School. High School #5, located next to Pieper Ranch Middle School, will relieve overburdened Smithson Valley High School. The two schools are scheduled to open in August 2020 and August 2021 respectively.
Community partnerships strengthen educational opportunities, and the Comal Education Foundation helps support the district, working to enrich learning and expand educational opportunities so all CISD students can excel. The organization’s funding is received through donations from corporate partners, parents, CISD employees, private grants and other community organizations.
The Comal Independent School Districts (CISD) boundaries span nearly 600 square miles, encompass five counties, and are home to 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and an early college high school/school of choice.
Alternative Education Options
Parents seeking an independent school for their family can turn to private and preparatory institutes. Hill Country Montessori provides toddler through middle school programs built on the Montessori model of respect, sharing and trust.
Bracken Christian School offers K-12 students a quality education within the context of a biblical worldview. Another area Christian school, Gloria Deo Academy, serves K-12 students with a program that follows a university-style schedule.
The Living Rock Academy in Bulverde seeks to instill an understanding that both academic and spiritual growth are life-long processes and continue past formal education. In addition, the school utilizes the latest technology from Apple to offer an innovative learning experience
The region is also home to a thriving homeschool community. The Hill Country Christian Homeschoolers is an active support group with over 200 families taking part in a number of social and educational opportunities including field trips, weekly park days, academic classes and more.
Students looking to the future are in luck. Advanced education is available just around the corner. In fact, 26 higher education institutions are located in New Braunfels and San Antonio, including Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center, Texas A & M University-San Antonio, and University of Texas at San Antonio.
Workforce and technical training are available in nearby New Braunfels. A partnership between Alamo Colleges, New Braunfels 4B Economic Development Board and the Seguin 4A Economic Development Board, brings access to learning opportunities at the Central Texas Technology Center. The facility provides an avenue for area residents to attain entry-level and advanced technical skills through a variety of short-term workforce training programs, college core courses, occupational training, ESL and GED classes.
Health and Science
Redefining healthcare is the non-profit Health, Innovation and Science Centre (HIS Centre). Once under the umbrella of Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services, the Centre offers experiential learning and research through three core areas.
The Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS) offers focused procedural and training efforts from the point of injury to the operating room. Participants are military and civilian healthcare professionals, including first responders, law enforcement officers, nurses, mid-level practitioners and physicians. Regional high school students and teachers also attend.
Community Health Programs take a prevention-driven approach to health and offer health knowledge. Last year programs served the needs of 408 uninsured and underserved community patients.
The Centre’s Wellness on Wheels mobile medical clinic and educational facility offers community wellness checks and/or medical assistance at events and locations throughout Bulverde Spring Branch.
The leaders of tomorrow are formed and inspired today. However, their leadership can only start by acquiring life lessons and having potential. Public and private schools in Bulverde Spring Branch, as well as advanced learning institutions, provide our students with the academic and life skills they need to become well rounded, self-sufficient citizens.