If You Want to Get Your Child Into a DISD Magnet or Academy, You Had Best Hustle

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Here you'll find a list of how many slots are available at each of the Dallas Independent School District's elementary vanguards, middle-school academies and magnet high schools for the 2011-'21 school year. Might wanna glance at it, hard, if you're trying to get the wee one into one of the district's crown jewels: DISD sends a reminder this morning that the schools began accepting applications today, for which you'll need a small stack of required docs: "a copy of your most recent report card and ITBS or TAKS reading and math scores, teacher survey, parental letter of interest, portfolio if applicable) and proof of residence to the first choice school/program." And you'd best hustle too: Applications will only be accepted till January 14. (Update: I've been informed the district began taking applications December 13 and resumed this morning following the two-week winter hiatus.)

On a related note: I see on the DISD website that eight days later, the district will host its High School Redesign Showcase at Adamson, during which there will be a discussion about the college and career academies that will welcome incoming freshman during the next school year at one of the 18 redesigned high schools. They're open to all at-the-moment eight-graders, for whom that new school will become their home school upon acceptance. But there are these caveats, because DISD never makes it easy: "Because of a limited number of spaces at each school, acceptance will be determined through a lottery. The district will not provide transportation for students who are accepted."
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Magnets--especially at the secondary level--allow parents and kids to escape the thug-infested comprehensive middle and high schools.

DISD teachers are questioned if their failure rate goes above 15%.Social promotion is the order of the day--move 'em up and get 'em off your campus sooner.Behavior problems must be endured by good teachers and kids alike.Since half the class consists of unmotivated mouthbreathers, TAKS drill-and-kill for ALL kids is the only way to get those almighty TAKS scores.

At least at the magnets kids don't have to put up with all this.

We wouldn't need magnets if this superintendent and this school board would start sorting kids by effort., academic performance, and behavior.

Meanwhile, rich kids escape to private schools.Middle-class families flee to the suburbs.A few lucky make it into a magnet.

Wait until you see the new crop of Citizens Council-approved school board candidates for the May election. More of the same is on the way....

Mike
Mike

Larry Throm's parting "gift" was to inform the administration that magnets need to be funded the same as comprehensives or the district may lose title 1 funding (even if the magnets do not accept title 1 funds). The NAACP and LULAC have asked the state to investigate the possibility that magnets discriminate by race. Both of these issuse will play out in court but not before the states funding shortfall wreaks havoc upon the teaching force. War has been declared on the magnet program while charters are being touted as the wave of the future. Because of the uncertainty with state funding and lack of administration support for the magnets I suspect those who are informed will move on to other educational alternatives. It's the last nail in the coffin.

JustOneGuy
JustOneGuy

No, the magnet programs did NOT start accepting applications today. They started the week before the holiday break. They are continuing to accept applications now that staffs are back on campus, and will to the end of the school day on January 14.

cp
cp

So, a ten-year school period?

Pat Hauldren
Pat Hauldren

wish all schools were as special and promoted education as much

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