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By D Magazine |

The Dallas Independent School District’s vanguard, academy, and magnet schools offer students a flexible curriculum. Admission is open at all vanguards and academies except the Center for the Academically Talented and Gifted. Students are- generally admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, but ethnic balance is considered. An application must be completed for admission to one of the magnet or career development centers. Enrollment is limited in most schools. For more information, call the DISD at 824-1620, ext. 381. Five elementary schools offer specific programs > attract students from throughout the district.

The descriptive information printed here was provided by each school.

Center for the Academically Talented and Gifted. K.R Polk, 6911 Victoria. 75209.358-4576. For the above-average or unusually curious student, this school’s curriculum features subjects not usually taught in elementary schools. Admission procedures begin in January. Parents should talk to the home school principal by February 1 for their child to be considered for the next school year. Grades 4-6 only.

Center for Expressive Arts. Sidney Lanier. 1400 Walmsley, 75208. 742-3661 Self-expression and creativity are encouraged through general music, instrumental music, dramatizations, dance, and art.

Center for individually Guided Education. Maynard. Jackson, Vanguard. 2929 Stag Road. 75241. 371-4346. The main thrust is academics. Enrichment programs include piano, band and strings, an. music, computer. Classes stress self-direction, initiative, and responsibility.

Fundamental School. Mark Twain. 724 Green Cove Lane. 75232. 371-5304. It’s back to basics here with a structured, traditional approach emphasizing the “three Rs” Independent study and homework are stressed. Also, concentration on high-level thinking skills in all classes.

LL. Hotchkiss Montessori Academy. (K-8) 6929 Town North Dr., 75231. 348-3730. Learning by self-discovery. The Montessori method places the responsibility for learning on the student, who actually learns from his/her environment, not from the teacher. The teacher serves as a dynamic link between the class environment and the student, and it is through this link that learning takes place.

The next group includes academies-special schools for 7th and 8th graders.

Career Exploration Academy. Longfellow. 5314 Boaz.75209. 357-5711 The traditional, basic middle-schoolprogram is offered here, along with opportunities to explore many career options. Resource speakers and visits to area businesses let students see the working world firsthand.

Classical Academy. Oliver Wendell Holmes. 2001 E. Kiest Blvd . 75216. 375-2535. Courses are available here that are not found at any other middle school in Dallas. Humanities (for foreign languages), music instruction, art classes, a computer program, and an outstanding gymnastics program enhance basic subjects.

Environmental Science Academy. T.A. Edison (formerly Sequoyah). 2940 Singleton Blvd.. 75212. 637-1340. This school attracts the nature lover classrooms are often fields, streams, and hills. In addition to language and math skills, students study horticulture, bacteriology, botany, and other environmental sciences.

Exploratory Arts .Academy. W.E. Creiner Middle School, 625 S. Edgefield, 75208. 943-1196. Artistically talented students are encouraged to develop their individual interests through studies in visual arts, gymnastics, theater, dance, and choral and instrumental music. Regular and honors middle-school programs are also offered.

Fundamental .Academy. William Hawley Atwell. 1303 Reynoldston Lane, 75232.376-7321. As the name implies, basic subjects are emphasized. Elective courses include Spanish, French, computer literacy, orchestra, band, and music. Students are grouped heterogeneously but honor classes are available in mathematics, language arts, and social studies.

High school students, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to attend magnet schools. Enrollment is limited in most schools. A pre-enrollment period is held each year for the coming year.

Arts Magnet. 2501 Flora St., 75201. 220-9121. Students have the option of attending this school full rime to take academic courses or attending part time and taking academics at a DISD school. The school offers a strong academic college preparatory program. Intensive preliminary training is given in the visual arts (painting, printmak-mg. sculpture, ceramics, weaving, jewelry making, and others) and the performing arts (dance, music, theater).

Business and Management Center. 2218 Bryan St., 75201. 953-1123. This magnet operates in an administrative and office setting in the Central Business District. On-the-job training is emphasized; paid internships are available for grades 11 and 12 (students work half a day).

Career Development Center. Skyline, 7777 Forney Road. 75227.388-5731. An 80-acre campus encompasses 24 areas of study. The building complex includes a television studio, computer center, airplane hangar, media center, greenhouse, and other special-purpose areas. Sky-line is an extension of D1SD high schools. Students may attend on a part-time basis for 3-hour career-education courses or may transfer to the school full time.

Education and Social Services Magnet. 1738Gano St.. 75215. 421-0966. Designed for students who want to explore careers in psychology, social services, education, and child development. Students volunteer/work in the on-site preschool and elementary school and in agencies and schools throughout the community. AD students study basic counseling skills.

High School for Health Professions. 4515 Boss Ave,, 75204.823-6200. Introductory and advanced programs prepare students for various health careers such as pre-medicine. pre-dentistry. pre-veterinary. licensed vocational nursing, nursing, medical technology, bioscience. medical assisting, dental assisting, dental technology, medical/ surgical supply technician, and hospital administrative and support services. Emphasis is also placed on academic preparation for college.

Lincoln Humanities/Communications Magnet. 2826 Hatcher St., 75215.421-7121. This alternative program offers a challenging liberal arts education to help prepare students for college. Courses include philosophy, literature, languages, journalism. radio/TV/film. fine arts, history, anthropology, and social sciences.

Public Services: Government and Law. 912 S. Er-vay St.. 75201. 748-9991. Students interested in careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and public affairs will enjoy this curriculum. Courses are geared to both career-und college-bound students. Social-science internships are often available after 3 years in the magnet program.

Talented and Gifted Magnet High School. 2200 Den-nison Street. 75212. 637-0110- Serving students from all sections of Dallas, the TAC holds the highest SAT score averages for the Metroplex. Students considered must rank in the 80th percentile or above in reading and math on national achievement tests.