Author: Lawana Porter

If your artistic middle schooler adores performing and has vowed to pursue a career in music or dance, he or she now has new academic options in Dallas ISD. Based on the success of the collegiate academy model, the district is launching two new fine arts collegiate academies in August 2019. The programs, at W.T. White and Wilmer-Hutchins high schools, will feature extensive performance options for students and training and career pathways for those who want to become arts educators. Each campus is now recruiting incoming ninth-graders for a cohort of 50 students for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline…

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Parents looking for a school for their gifted child now have two additional options available in Oak Cliff. The district will open Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented and Gifted and Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted in August 2019. Both will cater to gifted students who need a challenging academic environment to reach their full potential. Admission is based on academic achievement, and applications are required. Mills is accepting applications for incoming first- through sixth-graders, and will eventually expand to eighth grade. Twain is accepting applications for students entering grades one through five. Applications will be…

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The new North Lake Collegiate Academy is opening in August as a joint effort of Dallas County Community College District and Dallas ISD. The new program—open to students anywhere in Dallas County— will put a tuition-free high school diploma and college degree within reach of more area students at a substantial financial savings to their families. The new academy will offer courses and career pathways in public service, criminal justice and business administration. Rising ninth-graders have until Jan. 31 to apply at www.dallasisd.org/yourchoices.  Parents and students can obtain details at an information sessions planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24,…

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It’s a rare family that can boast of saving more than $100,000 in college tuition. One family that can definitely make that claim are the Edwards of Oak Cliff whose triplets—Michael, Morgan and Moriah graduated with their high school diplomas and tuition-free associate degrees from the Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy in 2014. Like all Dallas ISD collegiate academies/early college high schools, Gilliam offered the Edwards triplets the opportunity to realize a savings of $40,000 each in college tuition. That’s the estimated cost of two years of tuition at a four-year college or university. The savings were just part of…

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Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy is a magnet middle school that challenges students academically while encouraging them to identify and explore career options. Longfellow offers the same middle school academic curriculum available in all Dallas ISD middle schools, and also helps students prepare for the future with pre-AP classes, courses for high school credit, career and technical opportunities, internships, project-based learning, computer science, and more.   The Longfellow staff invites families to bring their students and their questions to a special application open house from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the campus at 5314 Boaz…

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The two newest members of the Dallas ISD collegiate academy family are now accepting applications in advance of opening their doors next August. Skyline Collegiate Academy will open on the Skyline High School campus in southeast Dallas, and North Lake Collegiate Academy will be housed on the south campus of North Lake College in Irving.  Both schools are making their debut with information sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, Skyline Collegiate Academy, 7777 Forney Rd., Dallas  75227 Thursday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, North Lake College…

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Parents, community members, school staff and students recently marked the opening of the new Anne Frank Early Childhood Center with a ribbon-cutting. The celebration is the first of several planned to mark the growth of Dallas ISD’s school choice and early learning programs. Board of Trustees President Edwin Flores thanked the North Dallas community for its strong support for district schools, which he said has contributed to improving academic achievement. Chief of Staff Pamela Lear said the classroom addition and the growth of choice programs across Dallas ISD are signs of the district’s commitment to high-quality education. She called prekindergarten…

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High school juniors and seniors who want to attend college, but are unsure of exactly how to make that happen, are in luck. Hundreds of representatives from colleges near and far are coming to Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to help you make your dreams of attending college come true. The free annual Districtwide College Fair and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Showcase is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St. and nearby D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School. Whether you want to stay close to home or are determined to venture across…

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Melisa Simon is starting her first full year of teaching at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School in Pleasant Grove. A graduate of Dallas ISD’s W.W. Samuell Early College High School, she credits that program for a large measure of her success as a first-generation college graduate who is degreed and beginning her career at the age of 20. “I’m looking forward to welcoming my new students. I’m excited and ready to give them all that I can.” Simon said she never set out to become the youngest teacher in Dallas ISD. She learned about the district’s first school-within-a-school early college…

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W.H. Adamson High School senior Sergio Armendariz is a tall, slender young man with a soft voice and polite manner. He’s quick to open doors for others and defers to his coach in conversation. But when he begins talking about his love for track and field and cross-country, his eyes light up, he sits a bit taller and leans in. Recently named Dallas ISD’s male Student Athlete of the Year in recognition of his accomplishments as a scholar and athlete, 18-year-old Armendariz is a proud, lifelong resident of Oak Cliff and has attended Adamson High School for four years. For three…

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