Neighborhood schools prepare students for the future

For generations, public schools have been the backbone and the fuel for economic progress in their communities as they prepare students for success. During the week of Feb. 26-March 1—National Public Schools Week—Dallas ISD and districts across the country will celebrate how public schools continue to do this by offering more choices in their neighborhoods. 

“National Public Schools Week is a great time to check out the choice, opportunities, and excellence that Dallas ISD offers to every single child,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde.   

In addition to special schools and programs across Dallas ISD students have a variety of opportunities to explore careers and develop skills at traditional campuses. Neighborhood schools play an important role in the district’s commitment to equity, with opportunities readily available in every neighborhood. From International Baccalaureate to career and technical education programs to leadership academies—Dallas ISD’s neighborhood schools are growing future leaders in communities throughout the district. 

At the secondary level, some of those opportunities include career and technical education programs that help students prepare for a career field where they will earn a living wage, find  advancement and lifelong learning opportunities. National Academy Foundation programs are part of the CTE offerings in high schools across the district. 

In this program, students take industry-specific classes in addition to their core academic courses and participate in work-based learning activities. NAF academies offer different themes in the areas of engineering, finance, health sciences, hospitality and tourism, and information technology. For more information on which neighborhood schools offer these programs, visit here

Neighborhood schools are also home to International Baccalaureate programs, which can be found in nine Dallas ISD schools. The International Baccalaureate program is designed to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. 

Neighborhood schools also offer students the opportunity to earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses. 

IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. To learn which schools offer an IB program, visit here

In addition to multiple academic programs readily available for students in their neighborhood schools, there are other ways for students to grow their talents and develop leadership skills that will help them in the future, including athletics, cheer, visual and performing arts, esports, debate, newspaper and yearbook, University Interscholastic League competitions, chess, and much more. For more information on different student activities available in neighborhood schools throughout the district visit here

To learn more about what neighborhood schools offer, visit the More Choice Expo on March 23. 


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