DISD Launches “Choice Schools” Program

The Dallas Independent School District is moving forward with a plan to launch its inaugural group of "Choice Schools."

At the chosen Choice Schools, students will learn on a more personalized level, with educators tapping into their individual personalities, interests and learning styles.

The schools chosen on Tuesday were Bryan Adams High School and a brand new, start-up K-8 Young Women's Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math (STEAM) Academy.

These schools were identified through a competitive proposal process that was open for educators to submit proposals for many types of choice models, including Montessori, Visual and Performing Arts, Leadership, Business & Entrepreneurship and more.

"We are encouraged by the participation and excitement around the Public School Choice process," said Superintendent Mike Miles. "I feel confident that the next round of competitive proposals will produce even more innovative ideas to help improve student achievement."

Tuesday's announcement of plans for the two new Choice Schools follows December's announcement that four of the seven Choice Schools would launch as Personalized Learning models.

Those schools are William C. Cabell Elementary, Dan D. Rogers Elementary, T.C. Marsh Preparatory Academy and a brand new high school (location and name TBD). These schools were identified through a competitive proposal process specifically designed for Personalized Learning, which is an instructional approach focused on transforming the traditional classroom through a "one-size-fits-one" learning model that gives every child what they need in a way that works best for them.

Also, D.A. Hulcy Middle School, which is currently a vacant school building in southwest Dallas, has been identified as a future home for a Choice School in the Interim Bridge Plan, which the Board of Trustees will consider this Thursday.

As part of its Public School Choice strategy, the district plans to launch a total of 35 new Choice Schools by the year 2020.

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