Academy of Achievement @ SA Info

In 1998, states began to administer testing as a requirement for graduation.  Each year students who had finished all or more than their required credits would not be able to graduate because they failed to pass one or more state exams. Established in 2013, Academy of Achievement @ SA (initially named SA Leadership Excel Academy) was created to address this problem. In addition, the Academy of Achievement @ SA recognized the local trend of older individuals who had been able to secure an entry level job without a diploma now being required  to secure the credential or vacate their position(s).  These individuals needed an alternative to the GED, which was usually difficult to attain within the timeline given by their employer.  As a private non-profit school that receives no state funding, our academy has been able to assist over 900 students earn a high school diploma in order to retain employment, enter college or training and move forward with their future.

Board of Directors

Non-Profit Volunteer Board Members:

  • Dr. Santos Hernandez, Chair - Academia
  • Jose O. Gallegos, Vice Chair - Business
  • Estela Salazar, Secretary - Healthcare
  • Oscar Saldivar, Treasurer - Accounting
  • Cynthia V. Solano - Academia
  • Delia Bazan - Member - Community-at-large
    • Dr. John A. Soto, Academy of Achievement Superintendent - Nonvoting member
    • Dr. Rebecca G. Soto, Executive Director - Nonvoting member

Your Future Starts Here!


               Academy of Achievement @ SA meets requirements set by Texas Legislature House Bill 944. 

Member affiliations include:

  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Small Businesses
  • National Council of  Nonprofit Organizations
 A Few of Our Community Partners:


SA Youthbuild

SA Housing Authority

Texas Workforce Commission

Department of Rehabilitation Services

San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind

San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Awareness 

Battered Women's Shelter

Guadalupe Home

NXT Level Youth - City of San Antonio