Eighth-graders from Billy Earl Dade Middle School who will attend James Madison High School next year as freshmen got a firsthand look at the school and the programs it offers on Friday, March 4.
After a pep rally-style orientation that included performances by the school’s cheerleaders, drill team and band, students could talk to students and staff members who are involved in the various programs. One major change will be that next year, Madison will offer a Collegiate Academy program.
Principal Gayle Ferguson Smith said that Madison’s student population is one of its benefits; it is the smallest Dallas ISD high school, and that allows each student more opportunities to participate in activities. Of the school’s 450 students, 200 of them are student-athletes.
With the most-recent UIL realignment, she said Madison won’t face any other district school in athletic or academic competitions. That means students will compete against smaller, more rural schools. That gives Madison an even better chance to continue its long tradition of excellence.
“This is a great place to feel at home,” she told the students. “Everyone knows everyone.”