When the 2018-2019 school year kicks off Aug. 20, many Dallas ISD families will notice what’s new this year.
This is a continually updated list of what’s new this school year.
Career Institutes and Collegiate Academies
Dallas ISD will operate career institutes at five high schools this school year. The career institutes will help give students the potential to earn a livable wage immediately after graduating high school.
Meanwhile, Dallas ISD and the Dallas Community College District are in the planning year to, along with the Dallas Community College District, operate collegiate academies at Skyline High School and North Lake College. Under the proposal, the 2018-2019 school year would serve as a planning year and then open to incoming freshmen the following school year. Dallas ISD and the DCCCD currently operate 23 collegiate academies where students can get up to 60 hours of college credit—or an associate’s degree—at no cost to them while still in high school.
IGNITE Middle School opening in August is the district’s newest Personalized Learning transformation campus. A Personalized Learning campus will provides individualized instruction, not only based on each student’s academic needs, but also on their interests and goals.
Arlington Park Early Childhood Center and Anne Frank Early Childhood Center, which are funded through the 2015 Bridge Project, will exclusively serve 3- and 4-year-olds.
Racial Equity Office
Dallas ISD this school year will have its first ever Racial Equity Office, which will help strengthen the district’s socio-economic and educational parity for its students.
Social and Emotional Learning
Dallas ISD continues ramping up its focus on Social and Emotional Learning, which helps students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be successful in school, work and life. About 120 campuses this school year will incorporate SEL practices into the classroom.
With Dallas County residents voting in 2017 to dissolve Dallas County Schools—the taxpayer-funded agency that Dallas ISD contracted with to bus students—Dallas ISD is operating its own transportation this school year.