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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. Enrolment is limited in most schools. For more information, call the DISD at 824-1620.

The descriptive information printed here was provided by each school.


Center for the Academically Talented and Gifted. KB. Polk campus. 6911 Victoria, 75204. 904-1163. For the above-average or unusually curious student, this school teaches the basics on a more advanced level, 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 campus, 1400 Walmsley, 75208. 746-2670. Self-expression and creativity are encouraged through general musk, instrumental music, dramatizations, dance, and art.

Center for Mastery Learning. Maynard Jackson campus, Vanguard. 2929 Stag Road, 75241. 302-2370. The main thrust is academics. Enrichment programs include piano, band and strings, art, music, computer. Classes stress self-direction, initiative, and responsibility.

Fundamental School. Mark Twain campus. (K-6), Vanguard for grades 4-6. 724 Green Cove Lane. 75232. 302-2120; It’s back to basics here with a structured, traditional approach em-phusizing the “three Us.” Independent study and homework are stressed.

L.L. Hotchkiss Montessori Academy. (K-8). 6929 Town North Dr., 75231.553-4430. The Montessori method of teaching places the responsibility for learning on the student, who actually learns from his/her environment, nut 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.


Career Exploration Academy. Longfellow campus, 5314 Boaz, 75209. 904-1190. The traditional, basic middle-school program 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 campus, 2001 E. Keist Blvd., 75216. 302-2380. Courses are available here (hat are not found at any other middle school in Dallas. Humanities (for Foreign languages), musk instruction, art classes, a computer program, and an outstanding gymnastics program enhance basic subjects.

Environmental Science Academy. Thomas A Edison campus. 2940 Singleton Blvd., 75212. 689-1649. This school attracts the nature tow; 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. Greiner Middle School campus, 501 S. Edgefield, 75208. 944-3420. 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 campus. 1303 Reynoldston Lane, 5232. 302-2150. As the name implies, basic subjects art 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.


Arts Magnet. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 2501 Flora St., 75201. 720-7300. Students have the option of attending this school full time to take academic courses or attending part time and taking academics at a DISD school. The school offers a strong college-prep program. Intensive preliminary training is given in the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, weaving, jewelry making, and others) and the performing arts (dance, musk, 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 train-ing is emphasized: paid internships are available for grades 11 and 12 (students work half a day).

Career Development Center. Skyline campus, 7777 Forney Road, 75227. 388-5731, An 80-acre campus encompasses 24 areas of study. The building complex covers about 14 acres and includes a color television studio, computer center, airplane hangar, media center, greenhouse, and other special-purpose areas. Skyline is an extension of DISD high schools. Students may attend on a part-time basis for three-hour career-education courses or may transfer to the school full time.

Education and Social Services Magnet. 1738 Gano St., 75215. 565-6670. This magnet is designed for students who want to explore careers in psychology, social serices, education, and child development. Students volunteer/work in the on-site preschool and elementary school and in agencies througbout the community. All students study basic counseling skills.

High School for Health Professions. 4515 Ross Ave., 75204. 841-5120. Introductory and advanced programs prepare students for various health careers, including pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary, licensed vocational nursing, nursing, medical technology, bioscience, medical assisting, dental assisting, dental technotogy, 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, Ervay St., 75201. 746-2600, Students interested in careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and public affairs will enjoy this curriculum. Courses are geared to both career- and college-bound students. Law and law enforcement internships are often available after three years in the magnet program.

Talented and Gifted Magnet High School. 2200 Dennison Street, 75212. 689-1600. Serving students from all sections of Dallas, the TAG holds the highest SAT score averages for the Metroplex. Students are selected based on criteria in compliance with state requirements.