Academy of Learning in Retirement


Through volunteerism, the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR), believing in lifelong learning, recognizes and utilizes its members’ wealth of experience and abilities to achieve educational stimulation in the arts, history, literature, languages, and sciences.


  • How It Works & Membership
  • Courses & Registration
  • ALIR FAQs
  • SUMMER 2022 COURSE CATALOG (Click here)

    The Academy of Learning in Retirement The Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR) began as an extension of the University of Texas at San Antonio, with Dr. John and Marci Lane as its catalysts. Their founding vision of an all-volunteer learning academy, offering a variety of classes to an over-50 crowd, was realized in 1989, when ALIR opened its doors to 61 members at the Institute of Texan Cultures under the aegis of UTSA. In 2005, growth and space considerations necessitated a new campus home and happily, North East Independent School District (NEISD) welcomed ALIR to its Community Education Department in the spring of 2006. In 2020, as a 501(c)(3) corporation, ALIR had a student body of more than 650 intellectually curious, over-50, San Antonians. In 2020, a new era for lifelong learners opened, with ALIR offering a full slate of online courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2021, thoughtful planning allowed the careful re-opening of in-person classes. ALIR will continue to offer ZOOMbased online classes to those who are limited in mobility as well as for those who prefer online learning. Important

     

    Dates for Summer 2022 Monday, May 9 Summer catalog released, and online fee payment opens

    Monday, May 16 Online Registration opens for summer classes

    Tuesday, May 31 Instructors’ Meeting Wednesday,

    June 1 Orientation for new students

    Monday, June 6 First day of summer classes Monday, June 27 3-week classes (B) begin; 6-week classes (B&C) begin

    July 4 – July 8 NO CLASSES, Fourth of July break

    Monday, July 25 3rd 3-week classes (C) begin Friday,

    August 12 End of summer term New this Summer –

    For greater flexibility, our summer term will consist of three 3-week sessions; there are no classes on Fridays as NEISD (and Rhonda) are closed.

     

    Mission Statement


    Through volunteerism, the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR), believing in lifelong learning, recognizes and utilizes its members’ wealth of experience and abilities to achieve educational stimulation in the arts, history, literature, languages, and sciences.
     

    Contact

    Classes are held at 8750 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, Texas. There’s ample free parking.
     
    For questions or more information, contact Rhonda McRae, ALIR Facilitator, at (210) 407-0167, or visit www.neisd.net/Page/875  and click on ALIR.