By 2020, San Antonio has orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.

San Antonio provides access to quality education for all students no matter where they live in our city. The city is propelled forward by an approach where students learn, teachers thrive, parents engage, and citizens contribute to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century in a way that rivals any city in America. This San Antonio approach to education develops citizens who are thinkers, problem-solvers, and lifelong learners, prepared to tackle our society’s greatest challenges and proud to call San Antonio their home.


It’s no secret that San Antonio has prioritized education and made significant investments in this area in recent years. When the SA2020 vision was created, education received more attention than any other Cause Area as a foundational area of concern and opportunity for improvement. A better-educated community means a better community overall.

Although momentum and enthusiasm are high, education is one area where it can take an entire generation to start seeing progress. We won’t be able to see the effects of Pre-K and early childhood initiatives on high school graduation and college readiness until we see this first round of students through to the end. That’s why it’s so important to measure progress at key intervals – such as third grade reading – to ensure we’re moving in the right direction. Identifying small victories along the way helps inform and shape strategies to make steady improvement across the community.

Adults with College Degrees

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The number of adults with college degrees has experienced small fluctuations in recent years, within the margin of error, making it essentially flat. Therefore, our static college attainment rate, coupled with a flat college enrollment rate and a declining professional certificates total, creates a significant challenge to our economic vitality. Although we have made progress since 2010, our attainment rates are not accelerating at a fast enough pace to achieve our 50% target by the year 2020. This is an important goal since 65% of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2020 and nationally, only 40% of Americans ages 25-64 in 2013 held a two- or four-year degree. We are continuing to make PROGRESS towards the 2020 goal of having 50% of the 25+ population have an associate's degree or higher. However, the annual changes are not at a rate great enough to meet that goal by 2020. Further, the margins of error associated with these estimates makes it hard to interpret year-to-year changes with certainty.

Call to Action: 

  • Learn more about SA2020 education partners, then give your time, talent, energy, or dollars to one (or more).
  • Attend and participate in school board meetings.
  • Run for the school board.
  • Get resources for completing your college degree from café college.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Help your child with their homework.
  • Attend your child’s parent teacher conference.
  • Adopt-a-school.
  • Offer a paid internship (or two or three) at your company. Find out more about SA Works and sign up.
  • Become a mentor.


Updated December 2016

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