Parent Sold on Award-Winning Dallas ISD Magnet School

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magnetWendy North wasn’t a Dallas ISD believer until her son began attending Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. 

“I never thought I would brag on DISD school,” North told us recently. “The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet has changed my mind.”

The school is often at the top of national and state rankings. In the 2019 Best High Schools top 20 list according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report, it ranked 17th in the top 20 schools in Texas, and it was one of 26 schools in the state (and one of three in the district) to be in the running to be a National Blue Ribbon School. 

It’s also one of Niche’s best public high schools in America this year, and one of the TEA’s top 16 best public high schools.

I have sent my kids to very expensive private schools, Richardson ISD and another public school in Dallas, but I’ve never been in awe of the entire school,” North enthused. “From the principal to the campus it wows me every time I enter the front door.”

“The kids love the teachers, the academics are varied and the opportunities are rich,” she continued. “They don’t have lots of money, but they have a staff that looks for every chance to expose the kids to visits and professionals in the Law/Government/Police fields.”

How sold is North? “I am so excited about my 16-year-old son going here that my 15 year old son just got accepted!” she said.

And while magnet schools don’t have boundary lines, it wouldn’t be a School+House feature if we didn’t look for a house nearby. 

And we found a dandy. Did you child get accepted, but you’re not loving the idea of a cross-town commute? This three-bedroom, two bath home at 1410 East 9th Street is a mere hop, skip, and jump from the school, and comes at a more affordable $215,000 price point.

The 1940 bungalow with Craftsman-style elements is located in East Oak Cliff. Situated on a lot with plenty of shade from mature trees, it’s been completely remodeled to include waterproof wood floors, an open floor plan with plenty of windows and recessed lighting.

A cheerful, bright white kitchen becomes the anchor for the common area, with its quartz counters, custom cabinetry, and chrome fixtures. 

A good-sized master and two more bedrooms and a bathroom finish off the space. Outside, a shady, big backyard will be a go-to place even in the summer, where you can barbecue in spaces that are a few degrees cooler than lots of other places. 


And if that’s not enough, it’s also close to downtown, Bishop Arts, and the Dallas Zoo. 

Listing agent Gracie Vela with United Real Estate will be holding open houses Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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