Royal Academy of Excellence Celebrates Grand Opening

Today, Royal Public Schools (RPS) celebrated the opening of its first tuition-free, public charter school, Royal Academy of Excellence (RAE), while also commemorating the 100th anniversary of their building serving the Southside of San Antonio as a school.

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Community supporters and families enjoyed an official ribbon-cutting ceremony complete with speeches from RAE students and parents, Brackenridge Foundation Board Chair Victoria B. Rico, RAE Principal Rebecca Hines, and RPS Founder Dr. Soner Tarim. Royal students participated through art and science exhibits, music and dance performances, and school tours.

The school and district was also presented with an official City of San Antonio certificate to celebrate the grand opening of the first Royal Public school and commemorate its building’s 100th anniversary of serving the southside of San Antonio as a school presented by District 3 Councilwoman Phyllis Viagran. Additionally, a representative from Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office presented a Congressional Certificate of Recognition.

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Royal Public Schools  is a new college-preparatory public charter school district that opened its first elementary school, Royal Academy of Excellence in San Antonio in August 2021. The charter district was founded by Dr. Soner Tarim, an accomplished education advocate and national leader in STEM education.

“At Royal Public Schools, we are committed to educating the whole child, ” said Royal Public Schools Founder and CEO Dr. Soner Tarim. “We are not just teaching — we are changing lives by developing thinkers and doers. Our STREAMS-360 curriculum sparks curiosity and exploration in formative years, which ignites a real love of learning in students that will serve them beyond high school.”

Royal Public Schools utilize a cutting-edge STREAMS-360 curriculum developed by Dr. Tarim to expand the STEM program with reading, writing, the arts and social-emotional learning in a “whole child” approach.  The curriculum is unique to Royal Public Schools.

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“Our goal is to offer a small, safe, and supportive learning environment where unique electives like Robotics and hands-ons projects bring joy into their school day,” said Principal Rebecca Hines. “Our individualized approach and integration of social and emotional curriculum allows us to truly be a source of support for these students in a way that develops a strong school culture.”

Currently, Royal Academy of Excellence is enrolling students for grades K-5 for the 2022-2023 school year.

About Royal Public Schools

Royal Public Schools is a tuition-free, K-12 high-performing public charter school that provides rigorous, challenging, and exciting educational programs while focusing on STEM subjects with social and emotional support. Royal Public Schools strives always to put students first. Royal Public Schools uses a cutting-edge STREAMS 360 curriculum that includes social and emotional learning to change the way students learn and succeed. Royal Public Schools opened its doors in 2021 to K-2 and is now enrolling K – 5 for the 2022-20223 school year. For more information, visit or call (210) 531-0300

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