The public vs. private debate rages on, but one thing almost everyone agrees on is that 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, see 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 rate 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 rate 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 nul receiving a higher rating, it will be waived; and schools that were initially rated low-performing just have to show suffi cient improvement that, if kepi steady, would bring the number of students passing the TAAS to 50 percent and the dropout rate to percent during UK 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; exemplary schools are W.E. Pete Ford Middle, Walter and Lois Curtis Middle. Gene M. Reed Jr. Elementary. Vaughan Elementary.
■ McKinney ISD (972-569-6400): academically acceptable: exemplary schools are Valley Creek Elementary, Glen Oaks Elementary. Reuben John son Elementary.
■ Plano 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 Elementary’. Memorial Elementary. Shepard Elementary, Harrington Elementary. Mathews 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. Carpenter Middle, Meadows Elementary. Piano Senior High, Rasor Elementary, Sigler Elementary, Skaggs Elementary, Vines High.
■ Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (972-466-6100): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Blalack Middle, Country Place Elementary, Las Colinas Elementary. Thompson Elementary, McCoy Elementary. Sheffield Elementary, Kent Elementary, 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, Coppell High School. Lee Elementary, Town Center Elementary, Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Valley Ranch Elementary, Pinkerton Elementary. Austin Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Lakeside Elementary.
■ Dallas ISD (214-989-8000): academically acceptable: exemplary schools are DeGolyer Elementary, Health Professions Magnet, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, Science and Tech Magnet. TAG Magne
■ DeSoto ISD (972-223-6666): academically acceptable,
■ Duncanville ISD (972-708-2000): academically acceptable.
■ Garland ISD (972-494-8201): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Cooper Elementary, Roach Elementary. Rowlett Elementary. Luna Elementary. Back Elementary. Herfurth Elementary. Keeley Elementary. Abbett Elementary, Beaver Elementary, Bullock Elementary. Centerville Elementary. Daugherty Elementary. Kimberlin Academy, Sewell Elementary, Southgate Elementary. Spring Creek Elementary.
■ Grand Prairie ISD (972-264-6141): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Dickinson Elementary, Fannin Elementary. Colin Powell Elementary. Zavala 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 F. M. Gilbert Elementary. Good Elementary, Keyes Elementary.
■ Mesquite ISD (972-288-6411): academically acceptable: exemplary schools are Beasley Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Motley Elementary. Pirring Elementary. Price Elementary.
■ Richardson ISD (972-301-3333): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Parkhill Junior High, Arapaho Elementary, Dartmouth Elementary, Canyon Creek Elementary. Mohawk Elementary. Spring Creek Elementary. Bowie Elementary. Prairie Creek Elementary. Brentfield Elementary. Yale Elementary, Big Springs Elementary, Greenwood Hills. Northwood Hills 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, Highland Village Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary. Owen Elementary. Donald Elementary, Hebron Valley Elementary, Garden Ridge Elementary, Heritage Elementary. Parkway Elementary, Polser Elementary. Prairie Trail Elementary. Valley Ridge Elementary, McKamy Middle. Forest Vista Elementary. Ethridge Elementary. Degan Elementary. Creekside 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-hardt Elementary, Parks-Heath Elementary.
■ Arlington ISD (817-460-4611 ): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Butler Elementary, Ditto Elementary, Wood Elementary, Corey Elementary, Moore Elementary, Young Junior High, Boles Junior High, Dunn Elementary, Little Elementary, Martin High, West Elementary.
■ Carroll ISD (metro 817481-5775): exemplary; exemplary schools are Carroll High, Durham Intermediate, Carroll Middle. Johnson Elementary, Carroll Elementary. Durham Elementary, Carroll Intermediate, Rockenbaugh Elementar
■ Fort Worth ISD (817-871 -2000): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Waverly Park Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, Benbrook Elementary, Phillips 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 Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary, Cross Timber Middle, Dove Elementary, Grapevine Hig
■ Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (817-2834461): academically acceptable; exemplary schools are Midway Park Elementary, Park Elementary, Har-wood Junior High. Shady Oaks Elementary, Bedford Heights Elementary, Spring Garden Elementary, Meadow Creek Elementary.
■ Mansfield ISD (817-473-5600): 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).
Preschools and Elementary Schools
■ Bright Horizons Conservatoire. 1200 E. Jack son Rd.,Carrollton,75006.972-242-9552. Found ed in 1974 as a preschool, expanded in 1985. Preschool classes through all-day kindergarten. Tuition: $l,600-$3.750 (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 La, 75229.214-3584396. Founded in 1962. Coed, 3 years old through sixth grade. Tuition: $1,500-$3,500. 142 students; nine teachers, three with advanced degrees. Principal: Larry Hoffsehneider.
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- 58,575. 450 students; 43 teachers, 35 with ad vanced degrees. Director: Pat Mattingly.
Selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, providing a traditional yet innovative academic foundation with emphasis on motor development, line arts, Spanish, animal life, horticulture, and an early introduction to computers.
■ North Dallas Day School. 9619 Greenville Ave., 75243. 214-341-4366. Founded in 1977. Coed, preschool through third grade. Tuition: S450-S575 per month. 185 students; 18 teachers. Director: Barbara 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 of 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 14-20. Uniforms K-6. Tuition: $3,705- S7.910. 430 students; 65 staff members. Head mistress: 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 three years through sixth grade: music, art, P.E., science lab, critical and creative thinking, plus special opportunities in chorus, creative dramatics, science club, 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 Montessori School. 120 E. Rochelle Rd., Irving. 75062. 972-257-3517. Founded in 1978. Coed. 2’/: 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 sixth grade. Tuition: $3.700. 200 students; 21 faculty. Headmaster: Dr. Terry J. Flowers.
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 otherwise could 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-$4,000. 380 students; 42 staff members. Principal: Ray Klodzinski.
Complete elementary program including music, art. RE., Spanish. Latin, computers, library, and after-school care. 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. Founded in 1964. 2 years old through sixth grade. Tuition: $5,100-$5.500. 330 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/gymnasium. 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: $4,49446,098. 550 students; 47 teachers, 17 with advanced degrees. Headmaster: J. Robert Kohler.
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; $6,000-$8,000. 280 students; student/teacher ratio 15:1. 40 teachers. Headmaster: Bob Hess; middle school/preschool head: Becky Hampson; lower school head: Christy Kruger.
Non-sectarian private school that focuses on academic excellence; offers an environment that nurtures integrity, self-esteem, individual artistic, and imaginative expression, responsibility for one’s own actions, and respect for others and the educational process. Small pupil-teacher ratio; curriculum includes P.E., Spanish, music, art, and computers.
■ 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-kindergarden through eighth grade. 280 students, 21 teachers. Tuition: $2.260-$6,200, 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 I960. Coed, 3 years old through sixth 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 6-year-olds.
■ The St. Alcuin Montes-sori 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 teachers 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-$3,200: K-5: $5,000; 6-8: $5,643. Head of School: Walter Sorensen.
Dedicated to whole-child development in a Christian environment; accredited by ISAS, SAES.
■ The Selwyn School. 3333 University Dr., Denton, 76207. 940-382-6771. Founded in 1957. Coed, 18 months old through eighth grade. Tuition: $3,000-56,000. 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 computers.
■ Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas. 18011 Hillcrest Rd., 75252. 972-248-3032. Founded in 1979. Jewish day school, preschool through eighth grade. Tuition: $1,310-59,130. Financial aid is 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-$4,600.220 students; 15 teachers, seven with advanced degrees. Principal: Douglas C. Molin.
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: $12,000. 60 students; 11 teachers, seven 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 lime, 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: $875 per course per semester. 75 students; 14 teachers. Principal: Dr. Robert Costello.
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: $4,800.515 students; 34 teachers, 24 with master’s degrees, two with doctorates. Principal: Kate Dailey.
Traditional college preparatory and honors-college prep curricula; 25 percent of students are non-Catholic; new emphasis on technology in the classroom, 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. Coedu cational Catholic high school, ninth through 12th grade. Tuition: $5,450 for Catholic families; $6,485 for non-Catholic families. Tuition breaks for families with more than one student enrolled. 1,000 students; 90-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 tine 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. 972-273-2022. Founded in 1962. Boys, fifth through 12th grade. Middle school tuition: $7,300; High school tuition: $8,100. 311 students; 40 teachers, 31 with advanced degrees and 11 with doctorates. Headmaster: Father Peter Verhalen.
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 modem 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, $5,120; grades 9-12. $6,950; $350 application fee. 275 students; 15 teachers. 4 with advanced degrees. Headmaster: Dr. Gerald Brunworth; principal; Patricia Klekamp; admissions: Donna Frieling.
Christ-centered education: more than 95 percent of graduates attend college. Offers 13-acre campus; new art lab, science lab, auditorium, and classrooms.
■ Ursuline Academy. 4900 Walnut Hill Ln., 75229. 214-363-6551. Tuition: $6,890. 790 students. Principal: Diane Wilson.
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 l980as the Son-shine Preschool. Coed, 3 years old through the 12th grade. Tuition; $1,400-$4,700. 825 students; 85 faculty, 25 percent with advanced degrees. Head master; Alan Wimberly.
“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-A classification accreditation with SACS.
■ Catholic Diocese of Dallas. 3725 Blackburn St. (central administration), 75219. 214-528-2360. Tuition: $l,50O-$5,20O. 33 elementary schools, seven secondary, and one school for special-needs children ages 3 to 21, all under the diocese’s jurisdiction. 14,600 students; 1100 teachers.
■ Christ Way Academy. 419 N. Cedar Ridge Dr., Duncanville, 75116. 972-296-6525. Founded in 1976.Coed, first through l2 grade. Tuition: $2,915-$3,360. 185 students; 23 teachers. Administrator: Charles Ooten.
“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. Founded in 1957. Coed, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Tuition: $l,776-$6,732. 850 students; 60 teachers, 27 with advanced degrees. President: Philip Driskill.
College-prep curriculum; Bible classes and drama offered; four of the 50 students in the 1996 graduating class received National Merit Commendations.
■ The Episcopal School of Dallas: North Cam pus. 4100 Merrell Rd., 75229. Lower school cam pus. 4344 Colgate Ave- 75225. 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. Pioneer Pkwy., Grand Prairie, 75051, 972-264-1303. Founded in 1967. Coed, preschool through 12th grade. Tuition: $2,100-53,225.445 students; 35 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 multi-child families; fully accredited with ACSI.
■ First Baptist Academy. 1704 Patterson St., 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 While Rock Lake. Tuition: $3,700-$5,800. 840 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. 4141 Spring Valley Rd., Addison 75001.972-661-1211. Founded in 1950. Coed, age 3V; through 12th grade. Tuition: $8.650-$12,120.1,270 students; nearly 60 percent of 170 fac-ulty members hold advanced degrees. Headmaster: Peter G. Briggs.
College prep curriculum enhanced with strong programs in athletics, fine arts, computer skills, and modem and classical languages. Community service participation extends through all age/grade levels.
■ The Hockaday School. 11600WelchRd., 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; international program.
■ Lakehill Preparatory School. 2720 Hillside Dr., 75214.214-826-2931\ Founded in 1971. Coed, kindergarten through 12th grade. Tuition: $6,700- $9,190. 260 students; 26 teachers. Headmaster: Roger Perry.
College prep curriculum; 100 percent of Lakehill graduates go to colleges and universities; smaller. more family-like 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 7th grade. Accredited. Tuition: $7,400-58.700.90 students: 10 teachers. Beforeand 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, co-educational day school founded in 1970.KinderganenlJirough 12th grade. Tuition: $3,700-$8,600. 1,460 students: 160 teachers, 51 percent with advanced degrees. Head master: 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: $4,050-S4.550. 375 students; 60 teachers. Superintendent: Karen J. Egger.
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: $9,000.140 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 offers honors classes, football, basketball, baseball, art. music, and photography.
■ Fairhill School. 16150 Preston Rd., 75248. 972- 233-1026. Founded in 1971. Coed, first through 12th grade. Tuition: $9,2O0-$9,508.220 student: 30teachers, 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 multi-sensory approach to classroom content, and a warm, supportive atmosphere.
■ Highland Academy. 1231 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson, 750S0. 972-238-7567. Founded in 1981. Coed, kindergarten through eighth grade. Tuition and fees: $8,500-$9,100. 60-75 students in school and language lab; 10 staff members. Director: Lynda K. Handlogten Ph. D.
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.
■ Notre Dame of Dallas Schools Inc. 2018 Allen Si., 75204. 214-720-3911. Founded in 1963. Educates students ages 3-21 with developmental disabilities. Tuition: $3.800: payment plans and financial 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: $5,500- 58,400. 115 students; 20 teachers, many with advanced degrees and/or certification in academic language therapy, alphabetic phonics, special edu cation, speech-language therapy, and adaptive P.E. Director: 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 multi-sensory 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 Preston Rd., 75230. 214-368-3886. Founded in 1962. Coed, first through sixth grade. Tuition: $8.50O-$8,925. 107 students; 20 teachers, seven with advanced degrees. Director: Sheila Phaneuf.
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.
■ 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 1975. Coed grades 1-12. Tuition: $10,000-$ 13,000.228 students; 38 faculty members; student-teacher ratio. 8:1. Head of school: Dr. Pam Murfin.
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.
■ Select Specialty Hospital. 1745 W. Irving Blvd., Irving. 972-488-9167. Long-term acute care hospital; 32 beds; offers neurological services (spinal cord/brain injuries and post-stroke), oncology, orthopedics, post-surgical (amputee and wound) care, neuro-muscular disorders, dysphagia management, arthritis, pulmonary, pain management and control, hemodialysis, physical/occupational/speech therapies, social services, nutritional support, case management, and recreational therapy.
■ Arlington Memorial Hospital. 800 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. 817-548-6100. General hospital; 380 beds: offers cancer treatment, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, CCU, gynecology, health education, ICU, neonatal ICU. obstetrics, open-heart surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, diagnostic and treatment procedures such as laser surgery, and emergency services.
■ Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. 3505 Gaston Ave.. Dallas. 214-826-7030. Acute rehabilitation hospital: 76 acute rehab beds; 16 skilled nursing beds: offers comprehensive services for traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, and other orthopedic and neurological 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 MR1. CT scanning, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy and occupational health, radiology, respiratory 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 referral.
■ Baylor Medical Center at Irving. 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-579-8100. 308 beds: offers primary care physicians, oncology, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, cancer program. Cardiac Rehab, 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. 972-498-4000. 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 Gaston Ave., 214-820-0111. General hospital; licensed for 998 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 services.
■ 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 multifamily. Free community mobile assessment services.
■ 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 Health 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. 699 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. 214-3304611, General hospital; 107 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 Piano. 3901 W. 15th St.. Piano. 972-596-6800. Acute care hospital; 307 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 education program.
■ Dallas County Hospital District (Parkland Health & Hospital System). 5201 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-590-8000. General hospital; 997 beds; offers a regional burn 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 Hos pital Blvd., Grand Prairie. 972-641-5000. General hospital; 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, ICU/CCU, telemetry, and women’s services.
■ 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. Walnut 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 Behavioral Health Care Service. 7808 Clodus 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 (some 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 Resear Row. 214-904-6100. Specialty orthopedics and physical rehabilitation hospital; 106 beds; offers orthopedics, inpatient and day surgery, diagnostics, physical rehabilitation, community re-entry, and subacute services.
■ Life Care Specialty Hospital. 6161 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-525-6300. Licensed accredited facility; 64 beds; offers various outpatient surgical services.
■ Mary Shiels Hospital. 3515 Howell St. 214443-3000. 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 1CU; 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., 972-566-7000.555 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 1-30 at Motley Drive, Mesquite. 972-698-3300. General hos pital; 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 ICU. neuro-ICU, obstetrics, physical medicine, open-heart surgery, organ transplant, orthopedics, outpatient services, pediatrics, surgical services, and major trauma services.
■ Parkland Health and Hospital System. 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 residents.
■ 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 1CU 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; 119 beds; offers emergency services, health education, ICU/CCU, medical and surgical services, orthope-dics/neurosciences, pediatrics, physical/occupational therapy, physician referral, rehabilitation, skilled nursing unit, and women’s services program.
■ RHD Memorial Medical Center. 7 Medical Pkwy., LBJ Freeway at Webb Chapel. 972-247-1000. General hospital; 150 beds; offers 24-hour emergency department, cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, 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.
■ Seay 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 3887.
■ 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 Wel-born St. 214-559-5000. 54 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 1S and younger; no charge for services and no financial eligibility requirement.
■ Timberlawn Mental Health System. 4600 Samuell Blvd. 214-381-7181. Psychiatric hospital; 123 beds; the only treatment center in Texas ranked among the top psychiatric hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report; offers psychiatric chem ical dependency treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, acute crisis stabilization, acute adult day hos pital, alternative living programs, sexual issues pro gram, substance abuse evening program, residential treatment for adults and adolescents, and four outpa tient clinics.
■ Tri-CityHospital. 7525Scyene 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. 149 beds: offers full-service acute care hospital (JCAHO accredited); outpatient sur gical/procedure center. The Women’s Center, which provides women’s services, mammography, bone densitomitry, resource center, and prosthesis and wig services; The Continent Ostomy Cen-ter, 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.
■ Veneer Hospital of Dallas. 1600 Abrams Rd., 214-355-2600. Acute-care/long-term specialty hospital; 135 beds; ventilator patients, care for the catastrophically ill, renal dialysis and pulmonary rehabilitation/respiratory care, aggressive would-care program.
■ Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System. 4500 S. Lancaster Rd. 214-742-8387. 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 emergency services.
■ Zale Lipshy University Hospital. 5151 Harry Hines Blvd. 214-590-3000. Private, not-for-profit tertiary referral hospital serving die UT Southwestern Medical Center; 151 beds; specialties in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, urology, ENT services, psychiatry, rehabilitation services, cancer treatment, and cardiology.