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Top High Schools in the Dallas, TX Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Dallas, TX Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011

 

 

 

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School

Dallas Independent School District

 

Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School provides an all-girls environment that prepares students for college. The school focuses on math, science, and technology in additional to global issues. Students can take both pre-AP and AP level courses, and the girls gain leadership skills through volunteering and attending summer institutes. Technology is important on campus and each teacher attends 24 hours of specialized training on the topic. Students who need extra help can attend after school tutoring sessions.

 

Two days a week, students can participate in after school activities including The Lulac Club and Academic Decathlon. Students can sing in the choir, play in instrument in the band, or ring hand bells. Intramural lacrosse, basketball and volleyball are also offered.

 

The school's mission is to "nurture the intellectual curiosity and creativity of young women and to address their developmental needs through dynamic, participatory learning processes. Our efforts strive to prepare young women for the highest level of academic success in college and graduate school and for effective and ethical leadership in our democratic society."

 

 

 

Yvonne Townview Magnet Center

 

The Yvonne Townview Magnet Center houses six specialty magnet schools, each separate school sharing some teachers and facilities. The student population at the schools is very diverse and admission to the schools is through an application process. The premise of the center is to provide students with an education specialized to their career interest, or in the case of the Talented and Gifted School, learning styles.

 

The schools hire only certified teachers and 95 percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees. The magnet center has technology integrated throughout, including Smart Boards, computer labs, and digital projectors. The schools also have access to a state-of-the-art auditorium, dental labs, and a commercial clinic. Although sports are not offered at the magnet schools, students can play sports at their base school. Four of the six schools are on our top high schools list:

 

 

    1) Magnet Center for Public Services Govt/Law/Law Enforcement -- Dallas Independent School District

     

    Students at the school select a cluster from Public Services, Law, and Law Enforcement based on their future career interests. During their first two years, students learn fundamentals about the professions and focus on core academics. During their junior year, student have an unpaid internship for three hours every other day, such as observing court proceedings, filing in a government office or observing bookings at the Police Department. As seniors, students apply and interview for paid internships doing meaningful work.

    The students stay with the same 8 teachers for the majority of their classes and many develop close relationships. The school focuses on experiential learning and uses the City of Dallas as their classroom whenever possible. Other opportunities include sophomores having mentors from the Dallas Bar Association and school-wide assemblies with speakers in the field.

    “Our school is based on the relationships between students and teachers. Our school is like a family to us,” said Tony Patganoa, Principal.

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