District currently accepting applications for transformation schools


The city of Dallas is buzzing about a brand new school opening in the fall. After a rigorous proposal process, CityLab High School is set to launch in August of 2017 with 100 incoming ninth-graders.

With its focus on urban planning, environmental science, and architecture, the school has found a natural home in the Pegasus Complex in Downtown Dallas. Here, students will be able to easily use the city as a lab to ground their learning and explore the diverse social fabric and neighborhoods of Dallas.

CityLab High School is one of five Transformation Schools that are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The other schools are Solar Preparatory; Eduardo Mata Montessori; D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School; and the Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) at Fannin.

These schools offer specialized academic programming, similar to Magnet Schools but without academic entry requirements, because all children deserve a best-fit school that taps into their individual interests, learning styles, and aspirations. Transformation Schools are open enrollment for all students, regardless of academic ability. Transportation will be provided districtwide within certain parameters.

Solar Preparatory School for Girls

  • Single-gender STEAM school accepting new Kindergarteners; will grow to a full K – 8th grade
  • Secured prestigious $450,000 national grant from NewSchools Venture Fund

Eduardo Mata Elementary

  • Montessori school accepting new Pre-K3, Pre-K4, and Kindergarteners
  • Recognized as “Best Dallas ISD Innovation” by Dallas Observer in 2015

D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School

  • Project-based learning STEAM school accepting new 6th graders
  • Earned 4 state distinctions for student performance

Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA)

  • Personalized Learning and Entrepreneurship high school accepting new 9th graders
  • Earned 2 state distinctions for student performance

CityLab High School

  • Brand new high school accepting new 9th graders with a focus on Urban Planning, Environmental Science, and Architecture
  • Located in renovated downtown Dallas building

Families can apply online www.dallasisd.org/choice, or in person at the following locations:

  • DISD Administration Building, 3700 Ross Ave., Room 102A
  • Eduardo Mata Elementary, 7420 La Vista Dr.
  • Solar Preparatory School for Girls, 2617 N. Henderson Ave.
  • A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School, 9339 S. Polk St.
  • Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) at Fannin, 4800 Ross Ave.

To learn more about and apply for any of these Transformation Schools, visit the Public School Choice website.


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