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Finding the right school for your children can truly impact their educational experience in life-changing ways. Dallas ISD provides a myriad of choices to families — from neighborhood schools to magnets and special programs. We say it all the time because it’s true — Dallas ISD has something for every student.

Neighborhood schools

As you research educational options for your children, I encourage you to start by taking a good look at your neighborhood schools. While these schools remain rich in tradition and history, offering well-rounded academic, fine arts and athletic programs, they also focus on 21st century learning opportunities to prepare students for college and career. Neighborhood schools are the jewels of our communities and can be the perfect place for students to thrive while developing a strong sense of community as families and neighbors interact throughout the year.

Magnet schools, choice schools and special programs

If you want to look beyond your neighborhood schools, I encourage you to check out Dallas ISD’s website which highlights the many choices you can explore, including an interactive map of all schools, where they are located and what they offer.

Applications for choice programs

Once you’ve discovered the Dallas ISD school of your choice, if it requires an application, now is the time to apply. The application window is open through Jan. 31.

If you need help with the application process, the district is holding workshops from 6 to 8 p.m.:

Tue., Jan. 16 – Emmett J. Conrad or Thomas Jefferson high schools

Tue., Jan. 25 – W.H. Adamson or W.W. Samuell high schools

Other news in District 7:

Schools to offer free meals during the winter break

Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition Services Department will offer students 18 years and under (or special needs students up to age 21), free meals during the winter break. The program aims at providing students nutritious meals even during their vacation. Meals will be served Friday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 5, with a morning snack from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Click here for the list of participating schools.

Proposed Quintanilla-Edison reconfiguration

I want to thank all of our parents who came out to the community meeting earlier this month to share input and ideas about proposed changes in District 7 schools. Your voices are important as we work to make the best decisions for all students.

Have a happy holiday season!


Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees