The public vs. private debate rages on, but one thing almost everyone agrees on is thai within most public school
systems-even big-city systems- are some schools that work well. Here is a list of some Dallas- and Fort Worth-area
public school systems and their accreditation status from the Texas Education Agency; for ratings by region, service
center, and county, http://www.tea.state.tx.us . The state bases these ratings on performance on the TAAS
(Texas Assessment of Academic Skills. given to students in various grades from elementary through an exit exam to
graduate), the dropout rate, and the attendance rate.
The criteria for each rating is as follows:
To receive an exemplary rating, districts and campuses must have at least 90 percent of all students passing each
section of the TAAS, a dropout rate of no higher than I percent, and an attendance rale of at least 94 percent.
To be recognized, at least 75 percent of the student body must pass all sections of the TAAS, the dropout rale must
be no higher than 3.5 percent, and the attendance rate must be at least 94 percent. Recognized campuses must also
show required improvement, meaning that increases in TAAS scores, if projected for five years, would bring the
number of students passing to 90 percent.
A district or campus is rated academically unacceptable or low-performing if all the requirements are not met. Two
exceptions: If failure to meet the attendance rate requirement is the only reason a district or school is not
receiving a higher rating, it will be waived; and schools that were initially rated low-performing just have to show
sufficient improvement that, if kept steady, would bring the number of students passing the TAAS to 50 percent and
the dropout rate to 6 percent during the next five years.
We’ve listed the schools within each system that received “exemplary,” the highest rating. Call each district’s
administrative office for more information.
■ Allen ISD (972-727-0511 ): exemplary; exem plary schools are W.E. Pete Ford Middle. Walter and Lois Curtis
Middle, Gene M. Reed Jr. Ele mentary. Alvis C. Story Elementary, Rossie Floyd Green Elementary, Vaughan
■ McKinney ISD (972-569-6400): academically acceptable: exemplary schools are Valley Creek Elementary, Glen
■ Piano ISD (972-519-8100): academically acceptable: exemplary schools are Shepton High. Clark High, Jasper
High, Wilson Middle, Hendrick Middle, Haggard Middle, Schimelpfenig Middle, Renner Middle. Robinson Middle, Memorial
Elementary, Shepard Elementary. Saigling Elementary. Thomas Elementary. Harrington Elementary, Mathews Elementary.
Daffron Elementary, Bethany Elementary, Gulledge Elementary. Barksdale Elementary. Jackson Elementary. Hughston
Elementary. Wells Elementary. Huffman Elementary, Carlisle Elementary, Dooley Elementary, Hagger Elementary,
Hedgcoxe Elementary, Mitchell Elementary.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (972-466-6100): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Blalack Middle.
Country Place Elementary, Furneaux Elementary, Rosemeade Elementary. Las Colinas Elementary. Thompson Elementary,
McCoy Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, Kent Elementally. Rainwater Elementary.
Cedar Hill ISD (972-291-1581): academically acceptable; exemplary school is Bray Elementary.
Coppell ISD (972-471-1111): recognized; exemplary schools are Coppell Middle East. Coppell Middle West, Lee
Elementary, Town Center Elementary, Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Valley Ranch Elementary, Pinkerton Elementary,
Austin Elementary, Mockingbird Elementary. Wilson Elementary, Lakeside Elementary.
Dallas ISD (214-989-8000): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Julia C. Frazier Elementary.
Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, Talented and Gifted Magnet High.
DeSoto ISD (972-223-6666): academically acceptable.
Duncanville ISD (972-708-2000): academically acceptable.
Garland ISD (972-494-82a01): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Cooper Elementary, Roach
Elementary, Rowlett Elementary. Luna Elementary, Back Elementary. Hillside Academy for Excellence. Ethridge
Elementary. Herfurth Elementary, Keeley Elementary.
Grand Prairie ISD (972-264-6141): academically acceptable; exemplary school is Dickinson Elementary.
Highland Park ISD (214-523-1600): exemplary; exemplary schools are Highland Park High. Highland Park Middle,
Armstrong Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Hyer Elementary. University Park Elementary, McCulloch Intermediate.
Irving ISD (972-273-6000): academically acceptable; exemplary school is Elliott Elementary.
Mesquite ISD (972-288-6411): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Kimball Elementary. Motley
Richardson ISD (972-301-3333): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Pearce High. Parkhill Junior
High, Arapaho Elementary, Dartmouth Elementary, Canyon Creek Elementary, Mohawk Elementary. Spring Creek Elementary.
Bowie Elementary. Prairie Creek Elementary, Pre-stonwood Elementary, Brentfield Elementary. Harben Elementary, Yale
Elementary, Big Springs Elementary.
■ Lewisville ISD (972-539-1551): recognized; exemplary schools are Marcus High, Lamar Middle. Arbor Creek
Middle. Forestwood Middle, Briar Hill Middle. Timbercreek Elementary, Flower Mound Elementary. Indian Creek
Elementary. Old Settler’s Elementary. Highland Village Elementary. McAuliffe Elementary, Owen Elementary, Donald
Elementary, Hebron Valley Elementary, Garden Ridge Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Polser
Elementary. Prairie Trail Elementary.
■ Rockwall ISD (972-771-0605): recognized; exemplary schools are J.W. Williams Middle. Howard Dobbs
Elementary, Collins-Lake Pointe Elementary. Nebbie Williams Elementary. Rein- hardi Elementary, Parks-Heath
■ Arlington ISD (817-460-4611 ): academical ly acceptable: exemplary schools are Duff Ele mentary, Butler
Elementary, Ditto Elementary. Ashworth Elementary, Wood Elementary, Corey Elementary. Moore Elementary. Young Junior
■Carroll ISD(metro 817-481-5775): exemplary; exemplary schools are Carroll High, Durham Intermediate,
Carroll Middle. Johnson Elementary, Carrol! Elementary. Durham Elementary. Carroll Intermediate.
Fori Worth ISD ( 817-871 -2000): academically acceptable; exemplary school are Waverly Park Elementary.
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD (817-251 -5200): academically acceptable; exemplary are Heritage Middle,
Colleyville Middle, Colleyville Elementary. Timberline Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Heritage Elementary.
Brandsford Elementary, Grapevine Elementary. Glenhope Ele-mentary.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (817-283-4461): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Bedford Junior High,
Harwood Junior High, Shady Oaks Elementary, Bedford Heights Elementary, Spring Garden Elementary, Meadow Creek
Mansfield ISD (817473-5600): academically acceptable; exemplary school is Anderson Elementary.
Descriptive information was provided by each school. As indicated, schools may be accredited by Independent Schools
Association of the Southwest (ISAS), Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES). NAEYC, LCMS, Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), or Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Pre schools and Elementary Schools
● Bright Horizons Conservatoire. 1200 E. Jack son Rd., Carrol Hon. 75006.972-242-9552. Found ed in 1974 as a
preschool, expanded in 1985. Preschool classes through all-day kindergarten. Tuition: $3,600-$4,000 (for nine
months). Open 12 months. Class size: 8-18.
Developmental curriculum; children learn at their own pace through active involvement. Features a large campus,
specialized learning environments, before- and after-school care, and extensive summer programs.
● Holy Cross Lutheran School. 11425 Marsh Ln., 75229. 214-358-4396. Founded in 1962. Coed, 3 years old
through sixth grade. Tuition: 51.500-$3,500. 142 students; nine teachers, three with advanced degrees, Principal:
Program designed for students performing at or above grade level, with emphasis on Christian values; offers before-
and after-school care, computer instruction, honors classes (grades 4-6), competition basketball (grades 4-6),
Spanish (K-6). and computers (starting at 3).
● The Lamplighter School. 11611 Inwood Rd., 75229. 214-369-9201. Founded in 1953. Coed, preschool through
fourth grade. Tuition: $4,650- $8,575. 450 students; 43 teachers, 35 with ad vanced degrees. Director: Pat
Selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, providing a traditional yet innovative academic foundation with
emphasis on motor development, fine arts, Spanish, animal life, horticulture, and an early introduction to
● North Dallas Day School. 9619 Greenville Ave., 75243. 214-341-4366. Founded in 1977. Coed, preschool
through third grade. Tuition: $450-5575 per month. 185 students: 18 teachers. Director: Bar bara Coady.
Small classes with individualized, self-paced programs; offers learning centers, computers, extended afternoon care,
summer camp facilities, and extracurricular activities, including ballet, gymnastics, karate, and art.
● The Parish Day School or the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. 14115 Hillcrest Rd., 75240.
972-239-8011. Founded in 1972. Coed. 3 years old through sixth grade. Average class size is 18. Uniforms K-6.
Tuition: S3,340-$7,l 10. 440 students; 62 staff members. Headmistress: Gloria Snyder.
Structured, traditional program maximizing strengths in verbal and written communication, reading comprehension, and
math/science concepts; weekly computer classes for children 4 years old through sixth grade; Spanish taught from
kindergarten through sixth grade; music, art, P.E., science lab, critical and creative thinking, and great books,
plus special opportunities in chorus, creative dramatics, Odyssey of the Mind, math club. computer club; scouting
program; after-school athletics; students attend daily chapel services and religion is taught in grades K-6;
recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; accredited by ISAS, SAES, NAEYC,
● Redeemer Monlessori School. 120 E. Rochelle Rd., Irving, 75062. 972-257-3517. Founded in 1978. Coed, 27:
years old through fourth grade. American Montessori Society affiliated. Summer camp available.
Progressive academic program with math, science, language arts, and foreign language forming core curriculum:
children advance at their own pace, while work is closely monitored.
● St. Philip’s School and Community Center. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., 75215. 214-421-5221. School founded in
1964. Coed, 3 years old through fifth grade. Tuition: 53.600. 195 students; 19 faculty. Headmaster: Dr. Terry J.
Small, private Episcopal school with whole-child focus and emphasis on developing pride and self-esteem as much as
academic skills; aims to offer quality education to those who could otherwise not afford it.
● Scofield Christian School. 7730 Abrams Rd., 75231, 214-349-6843. Founded in 1961. Coed, 3 years old
through sixth grade. Tuition: $1,800- $3,750.380 students; 42 staff members. Principal: Ray Klodzinski.
Complete elementary program including music, art, RE., Spanish, Latin,computers, and library. Provides children with
an academically excellent education that is well balanced, comprehensive, and integrated with Biblical truths and
principles within a nurturing, Christ-centered environment.
● White Rock North Private School. 9727 White Rock Trail, 75238. 214-348-7410. 2 years old through sixth
grade. Tuition: $4.500.380 students, 35 teachers. Principal: Amy Adams.
Goal is to develop the whole child by nurturing personal integrity, self-esteem, and a feeling of self-worth: offers
an academically accelerated program on a 5-acre campus that offers a state-of-the-art computer lab, an indoor
swimming pool, and a skating rink/eymnasium. Spanish is offered starting at age 4.
Preschools through Eighth Grade
● Good Shepherd Episcopal School. 11122 Midway Rd., 75229. 214-357-1610. Founded in 1959. Coed, 4 years old
through eighth grade. Tuition: $4,494-$6.098. 550 students; 47 teachers. 17 with advanced degrees. Headmaster J.
Located on a 10-acre campus in North Dallas, serves students of all religious preferences, offering an education
serious in principles, strong in academics. Offers extended-day enrichment program, extensive outdoor education
program, fine arts curriculum, and Spanish language classes for grades “primer” through eighth. Recognized by U.S.
Department of Education as a School of Excellence.
● The Hillcrest Academy. 12302 Park Central Dr., 75252. 214-363-3322. Coed, preschool through eighth grade.
Tuition: $5,605-$7,400. 250 students; 30 teachers. Upper school head: Bob Hess; lower school head: Christy Kruger.
Non-sectarian private school thai focuses on academic excellence; offers an environment thai nurtures integrity,
self-esteem, individual artistic, and imaginative expression, responsibility lor one’s own actions, and respect for
others and the educational process. Small pupil-teacher ratio; curriculum includes RE., Spanish, music, art, and
● Immaculate Conception Catholic School. 400 N.E. 17th St, Grand Prairie, 75050.972-264-8777. Founded in
1953. Recognized in 1986 as an Exemplary School by the U.S. Department of Education. Coed, pre-kindergarten 3
through eighth grade. 240 students, 21 teachers. Tuition: S2,200-$4,625. TEA, TCCED, and Diocese of Dallas-approved
curriculum, plus religion, Spanish, music, art. and band. Many extracurricular activities available.
● Our Redeemer Lutheran School. 7611 Park Ln., 75225. 214-368-1465. Founded in 1960. Coed. 3 years old
through eighth grade. Tuition: $3,900. Student-teacher ratio, 18:1. Principal: Terry Hubbard.
Christian school with students from various denominations; structured curriculum includes computer, band, drama,
choir, Spanish, and P.E.: offers state-licensed day care and summer day care for 3- to 8-year-olds.
● The St. Mm in Montessori School. 6144 Churchill Way, 75230. 972-239-1745. Founded in 1964. Coed, 18 months
old through eighth grade. Tuition: $3.700-$9,270. 521 students; 56 teachers with 16 assistants: additional special
subject teach ers in science, music, language, art. and physical education. Teachers have Association Montessori
International training beyond bachelor degrees. Director: Judith Cunningham.
Focus on students’ emotional and social development; study tours offered to grades 4-8; special summer classes
offered at all levels; before- and after-school care available on a limited basis.
● St. John’s Episcopal School. 848 Harter Rd., 75218. 214-328-9131. Coed, pre-kindergarten through eighth
grade. Tuition: pre-K: $3,000- S3.200: K-5: $4,715; 6-8: $5,240. Head of School: Ann Hergenrother.
Dedicated to whole-child development in a Christian environment; accredited by ISAS, SAES.
● The Selwyn School. 3333 University Dr., Den ton, 76207.940-382-6771. Founded in 1957. Coed. 18 months old
through eighth grade. Tuition: $3,000-$6.000. Headmaster: Larry L’Heureux.
Highly academic-based private day school. Beginning with preschool, curriculum choices are Montessori or traditional
preschool program. The middle school refines academic skills, focuses on a high school preparatory curriculum, and
provides opportunities for exploration and participation. Enrichment classes taught include art, music, Spanish, and
available K-8. 533 students; 90 teachers. 45 with advanced degrees. Headmistress: Ruth Ritterband.
Fosters academic and ethical excellence, a lifetime love of Judaism, and a sense of personal and social
responsibility. Fully accredited through SACS; member. National Solomon Schechter Day School Association; Texas
Association of Non-Public Schools.
● Zion Lutheran School. 6121 E. Lovers Ln? 75214. 214-363-1630. Founded in 1948. Coed. 3 years old through
eighth grade. Tuition: $1,200- $4,600. 240 students; 1? teachers, seven with advanced degrees. Principal: Douglas C.
Religious education, usual curriculum areas, plus computer classes, outdoor education week. Sports program, band,
choir, and art. Accredited by TEA, Texas District, and LCMS.
Middle Schools and High Schools
● The Alexander School. 409 International Pkwy., Richardson. 972-690-9210. Coed, eighth through 12th grade.
Tuition; $10,700. 70 students; 14 teachers, 10 with advanced degrees. Director: David Bowlin; principal: Andy Cody.
Accredited by the SACS and by the TEA.
Since 1975, the Alexander School has provided quality college preparatory instruction designed to suit the needs of
the individual. This co-educational institute offers one-on-one tutorials, block scheduling, advanced placement
courses, enrichment programs, supervised study time, and two summer school sessions.
● Bending Oaks High School 11884 Greenville Ave.. Ste. 120,75243. 972-669-0000. Founded in 1985. Coed, ninth
through 12th grade. Tuition: $825 per course per semester. 75 students; 15 teachers. Principal: Dr. Robert
Private high school founded by teachers who believe many students never realize their full potential in a large
classroom environment. Student-teacher ratio, 6:1. Accredited by SACS.
● Bishop Dunne High School. 3900 Rugged Dr., 75224. 214-339-6561. Founded in 1961. Coed, eighth through 12th
grade. Tuition: 54,800. 515 students; 34 teachers, 24 with master’s degrees, two with doctorates. Principal: Kate
Traditional college preparatory and honors-college prep curricula; 25 percent of students are non-Catholic; new
emphasis on technology in the class-room, science, math programs, and multimedia.
● Bishop Lynch Catholic High School. U.S. Department of Education 1990-91 Excellence in Education Award
School. 9750 Ferguson Rd.. 75228. 214-324-3607. Founded in 1963. Coeducational Catholic high school, ninth through
12th grade. Tuition: $5,100 for Catholic families; $6,070 for non-Catholic families. Tuition breaks for families
with more than one student enrolled. 920 students; 70-plus faculty. President: Edward E. Leyden.
Advanced placement and dual enrollment (college credit) courses; academic and tutorial programs expand essentials
classes for students with special learning needs; extensive fine arts program in theater, art, instrumental, and
choral music. Christian education with emphasis on core subjects, community service, and the arts.
● Cistercian Preparatory School. One Cistercian Rd./P.O. Box 140699, Irving. 75014-0699. 972- 438-4956.
Founded in 1962. Boys, fifth through 12th grade. Tuition: $6.950-$7,750. 345 students; 34 teachers. 31 with advanced
degrees and 11 with doctorates. Headmaster: Father Verhalen Peter.
Catholic education in a sequential college-prep curriculum. Each class is assigned to a form master who counsels
each grade through graduation. Eight-year integrated liberal arts curriculum includes four years of Latin in grades
5-8. with modern foreign language in grades 9-12.
● Jesuit College Preparatory School. 12345 Inwood Rd., 75244. 972-387-8700. Boys, ninth through 12th grade.
Tuition: $6,350. 875 students; more than 75 teachers. Principal: Michael A. Earsing.
College-preparatory education in the Jesuit tradition; demanding academic curriculum requires discipline from
students. Offers 26-acre campus, more than 40 clubs and organizations, and athletics.
● Lutheran High School of Dallas. 8494 Stults Rd? 75243. 214-349-8912. Founded in 1976. Coed, college
preparatory seventh through 12th grades. Tuition: grades 7-8. $4,600; grades 9-12, $6,400; $350 application fee. 275
students; 18 teachers, eight with advanced degrees. Headmaster: Dr. Gerald Brunworth; principal: Patricia Klekamp;
admissions: Sandra Levitt,
Christ-centered education; more than 95 percent of graduates attend college. Offers 13-acre campus; new an lab.
science lab, auditorium, and classrooms.
● Ursuline Academy. 4900 Walnut Hill La, 75229, 214-363-6551. Tuition: $6,890.790 students. Prin cipal:
Catholic college preparatory high school for young women; nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School that offers a
comprehensive and innovative curriculum, including honors and advanced placement courses and an award-winning
community service program. More than 70 percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees.
● Carrollton Christian Academy. 1820 Pearl St., 75006.972-242-6688. Founded in 1980 as the Son- shine
Preschool. Coed, 3 years old through the 12th grade. Tuition: $l,350-$4,550. 930 students; 68 faculty, 25 percent
with advanced degrees. Head- master: Ed Pilkington.
“Whole-child education” in a distinctly Christian atmosphere; offers boys’ and girls’ athletics, Spanish, choir,
orchestra, band, speech and drama, journalism, physical education, and art. Member of TAPPS;4-Aclassification
accreditation with SACS.
● Catholic Diocese of Dallas. 3725 Blackburn St. (central administration). 75219. 214-528-2360. Tuition:
$900-$4,300. 33 elementary schools, seven secondary, and one school for special-needs children ages 3 to 21, all
under the diocese’s jurisdiction. 14,000 students; 931 teachers.
● ChristWay Academy. 419 N. Cedar Ridge Dr.. Duncanville, 75116. 972-296-6525. Founded in 1976. Coed, first
through 12 grade. Tuition: S2.900-$3,300. 200 students; 24 teachers. Administrator: Steven Johnston.
Non-denominational Christian school serving southwest Dallas County; maximum of 25 students per class in grades
3-12.20 in grades 1-2; accredited by TEPSAC (State of Texas/Association of Christian Schools International); college
prep curriculum; uniforms.
● Dallas Christian Schools. 1515 Republic Pkwy., Mesquite,75150.972-270-5495.Foundedinl957. Coed,
pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Tuition: Sl,644-$6,408.820students; 58 teachers. 27 with advanced degrees.
President: Dr. Vaughn D. Luster Jr.
College-prep curriculum; Bible classes and chapel each day; athletic program and band, chorus, and drama offered;
four of the 50 students in the 1996 graduating class received National Merit Commendations.
● The Episcopal School of Dallas: North Campus. 4100 Merrell Rd.. 75229. Lower school campus. 4344 Colgate
Ave., 75225.358-4368. Admissions: 214-358-4368. Founded in 1974. Coed, preschool through 12th grade. Tuition and
fees: $3,800-$11,800. 1,066 students; average class size: 16. Rector and headmaster Rev. Steven B. Swann.
College prep curriculum; emphasis on faith-centered values, individual achievement; independent relationship with
the Episcopal Church; the number of seniors who receive scholarships is typically 50 percent each year.
● Evangel Temple Christian School. 300 W. Pio neer Pkwy., Grand Prairie, 75051. 972-264-1303. Founded in
[%7.Coed, preschool through 12th grade. Tuition: $1,800-52,750. 393 students; 25 teachers. Administrator/headmaster
Stephen N. Collins.
Purpose is to develop students spiritually, academically, physically, and socially; has full offering of curricular
and extracurricular activities; significant discounts for multichild families: fully accredited with ACSI.
● First Baptist Academy. 1704 Patterson Ave., 75201. 214-969-2488. Founded in 1972. Coed, kindergarten
through 12th grade, fully accredited college preparatory. Two locations for elementary: downtown Dallas and
southeast of White Rock Lake. Tuition: $3,500-55.500. 890 students; 85 teachers.
Open to families of all Christian denominations; entrance testing and family interview are required; advanced
placement and honors courses in secondary; seven-block schedule; offers many électives plus athletics, drama,
debate, band, and choir.
● Greenhill School. 4l4l Spring Valley Rd., 75244. 972-661-1211. Founded in 1950. Coed, age 3 1/2: through
12thgrade.Tuition:58.040-$l 1,265.1,270 students; nearly 60 percent of 170 faculty members hold advanced degrees.
Headmaster: Peter G. Briggs.
College prep curriculum enhanced with strong programs in athletics, tine arts, computer skills, and modem and
classical languages. Community service participation extends through all age/grade levels.
● The Hockaday School. 11600 Welch Rd.. 75229. 214-363-6311. Founded in 1913. Girls, pre-kinder- garten
through 12th grade. Tuition: $4,760-$ 12.845 (includes lunch and fees). Boarding grades 8-12. 1,000 students; 123
faculty, more than 50 percent with advanced degrees. Headmistress: Elizabeth M. Lee.
College prep curriculum; modem arts, science, and classroom facilities with 50.000-volume library, 32 activities
clubs, four publications, 11 competitive sports, two gyms, two pools, tennis center, playing fields, and track;
● Lakehill Preparatory School. 2720 Hillside Dr.. 75214. 214-826-2931. Founded in 1971. Coed, kindergarten
through 12th grade. Tuition: $6,450- S8,750. 260 students; 26 teachers. Headmaster: Roger Perry.
College prep curriculum; 100 percent of Lakehill graduates go to colleges and universities; smaller, more familylike
atmosphere than many Dallas private schools; well-rounded program of academics, athletics, community service, and
campus activity; independent school accredited by ISAS, SACS.
● Lakemont Academy. 3993 W. Northwest Hwy., 75220, 214-351-6404! Founded in 1976. Coed. 18 months old
through 6th grade. Accredited. Tuition: $7.l0O-$8,3OO. 80 students; 10 teachers. Before-arid after-school care and
summer program. Headmaster: Edward Fidellow.
Employs Montessori methods and incorporates a Christian classics curriculum and an in-depth “Renaissance education”
geared toward the academically gifted, including the study of faith, art. history, literature, and science;
traditional values; unique “school of entrepreneurship” program also offered.
● St. Mark’s School of Texas. 10600 Preston Rd., 75230-4047. 214-363-6491. Founded in 1933 as the Texas
Country Day School. Merged with the Cathedral School in 1950 to become St. Mark’s, Boys, first through 12th grade.
Tuition: $8,950-$11,355 (fees, lunch, and books included). 800 students, 97 teachers. 80 with advanced degrees.
Headmaster: Arnold E. Holtberg.
College prep curriculum: rigorous academic program, plus active participation and self-development in both the arts
and athletics: nationally ranked debate team; excellence in individual sports: camping and leadership programs in
the upper schools; coordinates programs with The Hockaday School.
● Trinity Christian Academy. 17001 Addison Rd., Addison, 75248.972-931 -8325. Independent, college
preparatory, coleducational day school founded in 1970. Kindergarten through 12th grade. Tuition:
$3,540-$8.200.1,400 students; 160 teachers. 51 percent with advanced degrees. Headmaster: Dr. Daniel Russ.
Trinity’s mission statement: “Educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God.” College prep
curriculum in a Christian community committed to integrating Biblical faith and learning.
● Tyler Street Christian Academy. 927 W. 10th St., 75208.214-941-9717. Founded in 1972. Coed, preschool
(ages 3 and 4) through 12th grade. Tuition: $3,750-$4,250. 375 students; 60 teachers. Superintendent: Karen J.
Non-denominational school in a Christian setting: complete athletic programs for middle and high school students,
plus foreign languages, band, computer classes, music, and art; conversational foreign language programs for
elementary school students. Accredited by SACS.
● Dallas Academy. 950 Tiffany Way. 75218. 214-324-1481. Founded in 1967. Coed, seventh through 12th grade.
Tuition: S8.500. 130 students: 25 teachers, 20 with advanced degrees. Director: Jim Richardson.
Offers remedial courses in reading, math, writing, and study skills for students with learning disabilities and
specializes in instruction of students with ADD: also, honors classes, football, basketball, baseball, art. music,
● Fairhill School. 16150 Preston Rd., 75248. 972- 233-1026. Founded in 1971. Coed, first through 12th grade.
Tuition: $8.700-$9,000. 200 students; 28 teachers. 14 with advanced degrees. Director Jane Sego.
Serves students with average to above-average intelligence who have been diagnosed with a learning difference;
offers low student-teacher ratio, activity-oriented classes, a multisensory approach to classroom content, and a
warm, supportive atmosphere.
● Highland Academy. 1231 W. Bell Line Rd., Richardson. 75080. 972-238-7567. Founded in 1981. Coed,
kindergarten through eighth grade. Tuition and fees: $8,300-$8,900.60-75 students in school and language lab; 10
staff members. Direc tor: Lynda K. Handlogten.
Specialized curriculum designed for intelligent children with language-learning differences and Attention Deficit
Disorder: average student-teacher ratio for academic classes and language lab is 8:1.
● Noire Dame of Dallas Schools Inc. 2018 Allen St., 75204.214-720-3911. Founded in 1963. Edu cates students
ages 3-21 with developmental dis abilities. Tuition: $3,700: payment plans and finan cial aid available. Bus
service. Coed, ungraded. 120 students; 26 teachers. TEA approved. Principal: Theresa M. Francis.
Offers quality, individualized education to students with mental disabilities, to maximize their integration and
inclusion into society.
● Oak Hill Academy. 6464 E. Lovers Ln. 214-368- 0664. Founded in 1987. Coed, ages 3-14. preschool through
eighth grade. Tuition: S5.500-S8.400.108 students; 115 teachers, many with advanced degrees and/or certification in
academic language therapy, alphabetic phonic, special education, speech-language therapy, and adaptive P.E. Direc
tor: Pam Quarterman.
Serving children with average or above-average intelligence who have language-learning differences. Attention
Deficit Disorder, and/or communication disorders. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on development of the “whole
child” utilizing hands-on multisensory learning experiences presented in a sequential manner, offers regular school
year calendar, plus a summer school program and year-round tutorial services.
● Preston Hollow Presbyterian School. 9800 Pre ston Rd., 75230. 214-368-3886. Founded in 1962. Coed, first
through sixth grade. Tuition: $8,100- S8,500. 106 students; 20 teachers, seven with advanced degrees. Director:
Serves students of average to above-average intelligence with diagnosed learning differences; offers a total child
development program (remedial, academic, social, emotional) using a multi-modal-multi-sensory approach;
self-contained classes of eight or nine children; adaptive P.E. teacher, music therapist, art teacher, and drama
program, plus an after-school sports program and a summer tutorial program.
● Shelton School and Evaluation Center. Two locations. Preschool through fourth grade: 9407 Midway Rd..
75220; fifth through 11th grade: 5002 W. Lovers Ln., 75209. 214-352-1772. Coed. Tuition: $5,700-$! 1,145 plus tees.
469 students; 100 teachers. 46 with advanced degrees. Executive director: Joyce Pickering; director emeritus: Dr.
Serves “learning different” children of average or above-average intelligence; students may be evaluated for
learning disabilities and developmental lags at the school’s evaluation center; offers a speech, language, and
hearing clinic; average class size is six students. SAIS and SACS accredited.
● The Walden School. 14552 Montfort Dr., 75240. 972-233-6883. Coed, ninth through 12th grade. 65 students;
student-teacher ratio, 8:1. Accredited by the SACS.
Flexibly structured program allows teachers to work successfully with students whose specific needs have not been
met by other schools; courses are structured to include student-centered teaching techniques; offers science
laboratories, black-and-white photographic darkrooms, art and ceramics studios, a computer lab (IBM and Macintosh),
and attractive classroom areas; year-round enrollment accepted; summer school program is offered.
● The Winston School. 5707 Royal Ln., 75229. 214-691-6950. Founded in 1973. Coed grades I- 12. Tuition:
$9,350-$! 1,875. 228 students; 38 fac ulty members: student-teacher ratio, 8:1. Head of school: Dr. Rita J.
College preparatory school serving bright students who learn differently, by emphasizing strengths and developing
individualized learning strategies. Full academic and athletic curriculum, plus fine, applied, and performing arts,
photography, social skills curriculum, special science curriculum, state-of-the-art technology program (including
language laboratory), and hands-on Evaluation Center and full-time Ph.D. counselor,
All information was provided by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council and the individual hospitals.
● American Transitional Care Hospital. 1745 W. Irving Blvd., Irving. 972-488-9167. Long-term acute care
hospital: 47 beds; offers neurological services (spinal cord/brain injuries and post-strokes), oncology,
orthopedics, post-surgical (amputee and wound) care, neuro-muscular disorders, dysphagia management, arthritis,
pulmonary, pain management and control, hemodialysis, physical/occupa-tional/speech therapies, social services,
nutritional support, case management, and recreational therapy.
● Arlington Memorial Hospital. 800 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. 817-548-6100. General hospi tal: 380 beds;
offers cancer treatment, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, CCU, gynecology, health education, ICU, neonatal ICU,
obstetrics, open-heart surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgi cal services, diagnostic and treatment procedures
such as laser surgery, and emergency services.
● Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. 3505 Gas ton Ave., Dallas. 888-722-9567. Acute rehabilita tion
hospital; 56 acute rehab beds; 36 skilled nurs ing beds; offers comprehensive services for trau matic brain
injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, and other orthopedic and neurologi cal impairments.
Specialized programs for coma management, ventilator care, post-liver transplant, oncology. Adapted driver
education, rehabilitation engineering, and orthotics/prosthetics.
● Baylor Medical Center at Garland. 2300 Marie Curie, Garland. 972-487-5000. General hospital; 206 beds;
subsidiary of not-for-profit Baylor Health Care System; offers strong family practice base plus cardiac
rehabilitation, cardiac (open-heart) surgery, CCU, gynecology, ICU, obstetrics. orthopedics, pediatrics, physician
referral line: 800-4BAYLOR, inpatient/outpatient surgical services, advanced diagnostic services, emergency
services, major trauma/emergency treatment, physical therapy work-injury program, family practice residency program,
senior health center, and HomeCare.
● Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine. 1650 West College St., Grapevine. 817-481-1588. General hospital; 104
beds; offers cardiopulmonary services, combined CCU/1CU, open MRI, CT scanning, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics,
pediatrics, physical therapy and occupational health, radiology, respirator)’ therapy, surgical services, skilled
nursing facility, outpatient services, physician referral, and 24-hour emergency services.
● Baylor Medical Center-Ellis County. 1405 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie. 972-923-7000; 803 W. Lampassas,
Ennis. 972-875-0900. General hospital; 122 beds (Waxahachie and Ennis); offers cardiopulmonary services, combined
CCU/ICU, CT scanning, day surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, mammography, orthopedics, outpatient services,
pediatrics, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory therapy, surgical services, emergency services, and physician
● Baylor Medical Center at Irving, 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972-579-8100.288 beds; offers primary
care physicians, oncology, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, cancer program, Irving Heart
Institute, diabetes center (recognized by the American Diabetes Association), and the Women’s Pavilion of Health,
which is equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.
● Baylor/Richardson Medical Center. 401 W. Campbell Rd.. Richardson. 972-498^1000. General hospital; 174
beds; offers a full range of services including oncology, cardiology, chemical dependency, childbirth classes,
gynecology, health education, home health care, ICU, obstetrics, orthopedics, outpatient surgery, pediatrics,
physical therapy, physician referral, psychiatric unit, respiratory, skilled nursing, social work services,
surgical, general emergency, psychiatric emergency, hospital auxiliary/volunteer opportunities, speech therapy, MRI,
CT, tissue transplant, and occupational therapy.
● Baylor University Medical Center. 3500 Gas-tonAve.,214-820-0111.General hospital; licensed for 995 beds;
offers cancer treatment, cardiac rehabilitation, CCU, gynecology, ICU, neonatal ICU, neuro-ICU, obstetrics,
occupational therapy,open-heart surgery, organ transplant, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatric unit, surgical
services, high-risk pregnancy, infertility clinic, Tom Landry Sports Medicine and Research Center, and emergency
● BHC Millwood Hospital. 1011 N. Cooper St., Arlington, (metro) 817-261-3121. Psychiatric and chemical
dependency hospital; 98 beds; offers inpatient psychiatric services for adolescents and adults. Residential,
partial, and intensive outpatient services for adults and adolescents, dual diagnosis, chemical dependency,
detoxification, experiential therapy, support groups, aftercare, and multifami-ly. Free community mobile assessment
● Charlton Methodist Hospital. 3500 W. Wheatland Rd., 214-947-7777. General hospital; 190 beds; offers
CCU/ICU, childbirth classes, gynecology, obstetrics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy,
orthopedics, pediatrics. medical and surgical services, outpatient and transitional care, emergency services, and
emergency treatment for drug overdose.
● Charter Behavioral System of Dallas. 6800 Preston Rd.. Piano. 972-618-3939. Psychiatric and chemical
dependency; 116 beds; provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency care for
children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
● Children’s Hospital at Medical City Dallas. 7777 Forest Ln. 972-566-7000. 121 beds; offers advanced
diagnostics, bone marrow transplants, cancer center, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary services, general medical
and surgical care, hematology and oncology, inpatient medical/surgical care, inpatient/outpatient rehab,
neuroscience center, orthopedics, outpatient services, pediatric ICU, pediatric services/specialists, radiation
therapy, speech, physical, and occupational therapy, spinal CT and MRI, sports medicine, and emergency services,
● Children’s Medical Center of Dallas 1935 Motor St. 214-539-2000. Private, not-for-profit pediatric
hospital; 322 beds; offers pediatric ICU, pediatric trauma ICU, surgical services (including day surgery),
transplantation (bone marrow, heart, kidney, liver), radiology, patient transport, emergency treatment, and
rehabilitative services. Also provides pediatric outpatient services through nearly 50 specialty clinics in areas
such as asthma/immunology, cancer and blood disorders, cardiology, craniofacial reconstruction, cystic fibrosis,
dentistry, dermatology, endocrinology, ENT, epilepsy, gastroenterology, genetic and metabolic diseases, gynecology,
kidney disease, neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, sleep disorders, and urology.
● Columbia Medical Center-Dallas Southwest. 2929 S. Hampton Rd. 214-330-4611. General hospital; 104 beds,
all private rooms; offers gynecology, ICU, occupational therapy, outpatient services, pediatrics, radiology,
surgical services, general emergency services, and physician referral.
● Columbia Medical Center of Plano. 3901 W. 15th St., Piano. 972-596-6800. Acute care hospital; 300 beds;
complete maternal and child services, including LDRs, high-risk maternity, 18-bed neonatal ICU: comprehensive
cardiovascular services with multiple catheterization labs, open-heart surgery suites, cardiac ICU; 35-bed emergency
department, with both trauma and minor care; skilled nursing unit; senior health center free-standing outpatient
surgery center various wellness programs, including American Diabetes Association-recognized diabetes patient
● Dallas County Hospital District (Parkland Health & Hospital System). 5201 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-590-8000.
General hospital; 997 beds; offers a regional bum unit, cancer treatment, cardiac care, CCU, gynecology, ICU,
neonatal ICU. neuro-ICU, obstetrics, occupational therapy, kidney and pancreas transplants, orthopedics, surgical
services, and major trauma.
● Dallas/Fort Worth Medical Center. 2709 Hospital Blvd., Grand Prairie. 972-641 -5000. General hos-pital;
162 beds; offers geriatric psychiatric unit, skilled nursing unit, home health care, cardiac rehabilitation center,
inpatient and day surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology, lab services, mammography, work rehabilitation services,
physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, emergency medicine, 1CU/CCU, telemetry, and women’s
● Doctors Hospital. 9440 Poppy Dr. 214-324-6100. General hospital: 268 beds; offers cardiac rehabilitation,
CCU, gynecology, ICU, obstetrics, open-heart surgery, orthopedics, psychiatric unit, surgical services, home health
care, sports and industry care center, adult psychiatric services, women’s program, drug overdose, and emergency and
psychiatric emergency treatment.
● Garland Community Hospital. 2696 W. Wal-nut St., Garland. 972-276-7116. General hospital; 113 beds; offers
chemical dependency treatment, gynecology. ICU. orthopedics, surgical services, emergency treatment, occupational
medicine, weight management, and pain management.
● Green Oaks, A Psychiatric Hospital. 7808 Clo-dus Fields Dr. 972-991-9504. Psychiatric, chemical
dependency, and drug treatment services for adults and adolescents.
● Harris Methodist H.E.B. 1600 Hospital Pkwy., Bedford. 817-685-4000. General hospital; 251 beds; offers
angiography/arteriography, open-heart surgery, CT scanner, emergency services, fitness center/cardiac
rehabilitation, inpatient hemodialysis, level II perinatal and neonatal care. MRI, nuclear medicine,
obstetrics/gynecology, occupational therapy, outpatient services, pain management, patient transport (air and
ground), pediatrics, physical rehabilitation, radiation therapy, rehabilitation services (inpatient and outpatient),
speech pathology, non-invasive vascular lab. Edwards Cancer Center. Center for Women’s Health. Ambulatory Care
Center, psychiatric, and addiction treatment center,
● The Haven. 800 Kirnwood Dr., DeSoto. 972-
709-3700. Psychiatric/chemical dependency; 102 beds; offers outpatient treatment for all ages (fees based on
a sliding scale), partial hospitalization programs for adults and youth, geriatric day program, geropsych inpatient
unit, residential treatment center for youth, drug and alcohol treatment for all ages, and crisis
stabilization/inpatient treatment for adults and youth.
● Healthsouth Medical Center. 2124 Research Row. 214-904-6100. Specialty orthopedics and physical
rehabilitation hospital; 103 beds; offers orthopedics, inpatient and day surgery, diagnostics, physical
rehabilitation, community re-entry, and subacute services.
Life Care Specialty Hospital. 6161 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-688-1111. Licensed accredited facility; 64 beds;
offers various outpatient surgical services.
● Mary Shiels Hospital. 3515 Howell St. 214-443-3000. General hospital; 16 beds; offers orthopedics,
ophthalmology, gynecology, and cosmetic/plastic surgery services.
● Medical Center of Mesquite. 1011 N.Galloway Ave., Mesquite. 214-320-7000. 176 beds; offers The Heart
Center, providing a full-service cardiac care program, including open-heart surgery and two cardiac catheterization
labs: medical and surgical ICU; outpatient diagnostic and treatment center; pain diagnosis and treatment center;
sleep disorders; center for breathing disorders; radiology, including MRI, CT, mammography, and special procedures;
women’s center, home health and hospice, and 24-hour emergency room.
Medical City Dallas Hospital. 7777 Forest Ln., 972-566-7000. 699 beds; offers advanced diagnostics,
behavioral medicine, cancer center, cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation unit, cardiovascular and
cardiopulmonary services, general medical and surgical care, hematology and oncology, home health, ICU, inpatient
medical/surgical care, inpatient/outpatient rehab, laboratory, mammography, maternity, neuroscience center,
occupational medicine, orthopedics, outpatient services, pediatric ICU, pediatric services/specialists, progressive
care unit, psychiatry unit, radiation therapy, senior health center, sleep disorders center, speech, physical, and
occupational therapy, spinal CT and MR1, and emergency services.
● Mesquite Community Hospital. 3500 I-30 at Motley Drive, Mesquite. 972-698-3300. General hospital; 172
beds; offers maternity (LDR rooms), day and inpatient surgery, cardiac catheterization, diagnostic imaging, home
health, ICU/CCU, obstetrics, gynecology, geropsychiatric and skilled nursing units, orthopedics, neonatal/pediatric
care, emergency treatment, CareFlight.
● Methodist Medical Center. 1441 N. Beckley Ave. 214-947-8181. General hospital; 463 beds (all private
rooms); offers cancer treatment, cardiac rehabilitation, CCU, day surgery, gynecology, ICU, neonatal ICI),
neuro-ICU, obstetrics, physical medicine, open-heart surgery, organ transplant, orthopedics, outpatient services,
pediatric, surgical services, and major trauma services.
● Parkland Memorial Hospital. 5201 Harry Hines Blvd. 214- 590-8000, Dallas County’s only public hospital;
997 beds. Rated among the best hospitals in the U.S., Parkland is the primary teaching institution of The University
of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Its primary mission is to make health care available to all Dallas County
● Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. 8200 Walnut Hill Ln. 214-345-6789. Full-service acute-care hospital; 934
beds; offers arthritis consultation center, cardiovascular services including cardiac rehabilitation and
cardiovascular fitness center, chronic pain management program, exercise and environmental medicine, Gamma Knife,
high-risk OB unit, hyperbaric medicine, neonatal ICU featuring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation unit,
neurosciences, oncology, ophthalmology, Parkinson’s center, rehabilitation, senior care services, Sleep Medicine
Institute, urology, women’s and infants’ services, women’s diagnostic and breast center, wound care.
● Presbyterian Hospital of Piano. 6200 W. Parker Rd.. Piano. 972-608-8000. Acute-care hospital; 87 beds;
offers emergency services, health education, ICU/CCU, medical and surgical services, orthopedics/neurosciences.
pediatrics, physical/occupational therapy, physician referral, rehabilitation, skilled nursing unit, and women’s
● RHD Memorial Medical Center. 7 Medical Pkwy., LBJ Freeway at Webb Chapel. 214-247-1000. General hospital;
323 beds; offers 24-hour emergency department, cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, cardiac and pulmonary
réhabilitation, women’s services including obstetrics and mammography, ICU, cancer treatment, occupational
medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, occupational and physical therapy, surgical services, and diagnostic imaging
services including MRI, CT and ultrasound.
● Stay Behavioral Health Center. 6110 W. Parker Rd”. Piano. 972-608-8300. Adolescent psychiatric/chemical
dependency; 28 beds; offers adolescent alcohol and drug treatment, dual diagnosis, outpatient treatment, partial
hospitalization, adolescent psychiatric service, emergency drug overdose service, and outpatient program.
● St. Paul Medical Center. 5909 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-879-1000. Full service acute-care hospital; 600 beds;
offers bone and joint services, breast center, cancer services, cardiac services, CCU, chemical dependency
treatment, community’ health education, diabetes management, emergency services, gynecology, health and fitness
center, high-risk pregnancy care, home health care, ICU, mobile mammography, obstetrics, occupational therapy,
open-heart surgery, heart and lung transplantation, orthopedics, psychiatric services, surgical services. Physician
referral service: 214-879-3099; women’s services: 214-879 388
● Southeast Dallas Health Center. 9202 Elam Rd. 214-590-1600. One of Parkland’s Community Oriented Primary
Care facilities; offers primary health care for children to 18 years, adults and seniors 65 and older, on-site
laboratory and radiology, pharmacy, family services, nutritional counseling, mammography, and WIC program.
● Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 2222 Welborn St. 214-559-5000. 120 beds; provides treatment for
orthopedic and related neurological differences, Ilizarov treatment and hand-reconstruction services, spina bifida,
orthotics and prosthetics, pediatrics rheumatology, dyslexia assessment and teaching assistance, occupational and
physical therapy, and social work services. Treatment is for children ages 18and younger, no charge for services and
no financial eligibility requirement.
● Timberlawn Mental Health System. 4600 Samuel! Blvd. 214-381-7181. Psychiatric hospital; 164 beds; The only
treatment center in Texas ranked among the top psychiatric hospitals in the country by US. News and World Report;
offers psychiatric chemical dependency treatment for adults, adolescents and children, acute crisis
stabilization, acute adult day hospital, alternative living programs, sexual issues program, substance abuse evening
program, residential treatment for adults and adolescents, and four outpatient clinics.
● Tri-City Hospital. 7525 Scyene Rd. 214-381-7171. General hospital; 131 beds; offers cardiac
rehabilitation, childbirth classes, gynecology, health education, ICU, obstetrics, orthopedics, pediatrics. CT, MRI,
cardiac catheterization, physical therapy, physician referral, social services, geriatric psychiatric, medical
detoxification and after-care program, hospital based outpatient diagnostic facilities, surgical services,
respiratory therapy, and general emergency services.
● Trinity Medical Center. 4343 N. Josey Ln., Car-rollton. 972-492-1010.149beds; offers full-service acute
care hospital ( JCAHO accredited ); outpatient surgical/procedure center; The Women’s Center, which provides women’s
services, mammography, bone densitomitry, resource center, and prosthesis and wig services; The Continent Ostomy
Center, which deals with ostomy options, Total Joint Program, which deals with issues related to knee and hip
problems; MOMs Program (Medicaid Obstetrics Management Service); Prestige Care, which offers educational seminars,
hospital admission perks, and health screenings for seniors; and Senior Health Care Center.
● Vencor Hospital of Dallas. 1600 Abrams Rd., 214-818-2400. Acute-care/long-term specialty hospital; 69
beds; ventilator patients, care for the catastrophically ill, renal dialysis and pulmonary
rehabilitation/respiratory care, aggressive wound-care program.
● Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System. 4500 S. Lancaster Rd. 214-376-5451. General hospital; 948
beds; offers cancer oncology services, CCU, chemical dependency, diabetic unit, geriatrics, gynecology, home health
care, ICU, kidney dialysis, nursing home, occupational therapy, open-heart surgery, orthopedics, outpatient,
physical therapy, psychiatric unit, respiratory, social work services, surgery, and general and psychiatric
● Zale Lipshy University Hospital. 5151 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-590-3000. Private, not-for-profit tertiary
referral hospital serving the UT Southwestern Medical Center, 146 beds; specialties in neurosurgery, orthopedic
surgery, ophthalmology, urology, ENT services, psychiatry, rehabilitation