Magnet, school choice programs open world of opportunities (video)


There are magnet schools and special programs across Dallas ISD to help satisfy almost any career goal, passion or interest students have. One such school is Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, which gives elementary school students a taste of the arts.

Lanier band teacher Shunnesse Allen said that fourth-graders at the school attend various classes on a rotation. They hold and play a variety of instruments to find the one that suits them, then they make the choice.

“When they go to middle school, they are usually at an advanced level,” she said of the budding musicians.

The school also offers art, dance and theater components.

“We are the best kept secret in Dallas if your child is inclined in the arts and they just want to learn how to play an instrument or be in the fine arts department at our school,” Allen said.

Learn more about Lanier here.

Parents and students interested in magnet schools and public school choice programs in Dallas ISD are encouraged to attend the Magnet and Public School Choice Fair, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ellis Davis Field House.

Visit these links for more information about magnet schools and schools of choice.

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