alexanderThis adorable Midcentury Ranch in Wolf Creek is so special it already had a contingent offer after four days on the market. Zoned for this week’s Dallas ISD best school, Birdie Alexander Elementary, it’s a great example (the second for today) of what you can get for the $100,000 range in Dallas.

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This home is in the attendance zone for Birdie Alexander, who was recently featured as one of Dallas ISD’s best schools. The school, which received a B grade from the state’s A-F accountability scoring, will become a neighborhood innovation campus next year with a personalized learning focus. (more…)

Kleberg

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It’s already one of the best schools in Dallas ISD, but Kleberg Elementary will be a STEAM — that’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math to the uninitiated — school next year, and we’ve found a house that can get a family in that school well before the end of summer.

Kleberg earned a B from the state A-F accountability rankings, but even more, the opportunities becoming a STEAM school will offer all the benefits of the STEAM track but will remain a neighborhood school — so no applications required.

And this home, located at 1910 Pin Oak Lane in the Wright Farms neighborhood, is a great home that, given its price point, is easily perfect for now, but also will be easy to update and make your own over time. (more…)

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Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center is home to two top 20 Best High Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report (photo courtesy Dallas ISD).

Two Dallas ISD schools make a national list of best high schools, the 2019 Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report​ is out, and we take a look at how the state housing market fared in March, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Two Dallas ISD High Schools Ranked in Top 20 Nationally

The School of Science and Engineering (SEM) and the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) both made the top 20 in the most recent rankings of best high schools conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Both schools are located at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, and were ranked 12th and 16th respectively.

This year, Texas led all states, with three schools in the top 20 — and two of them from Dallas ISD. (more…)

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A vestibule at the Douglass at Page Woodson, which recently won a prestigious preservation award after developers turned into a long-abandoned Oklahoma City high school into affordable housing (Photo by Justin Clemons Photography/courtesy the National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Three Dallas ISD schools — shuttered for years, are now up for sale, the district announced last month. It’s uncertain how much they’ll go for in the competitive, sealed bidding process, but one of the mothballed schools — Phillis Wheatley Elementary — is considered to be a historic site.

That the three schools are up for sale is likely no surprise to anyone who paid attention to last September’s board of trustees meeting, where the trustees took up discussion of what to do with three shuttered campuses – the former Billy Earl Dade building, Pearl C. Anderson Elementary, and Phillis Wheatley Elementary. Both Wheatley and Anderson were closed in 2012, and both have been the target of vandals as well.

Wheatley Elementary (Photos courtesy City of Dallas)

Wheatley Elementary opened in 1929, and sits in the historic Wheatley Place neighborhood, named after Phillis Wheatley, an African-American poet from the 18th century. The entire neighborhood has been designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and as a Dallas Landmark District by the city. (more…)

Jack Lowe

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Four years ago, if we had told you that we were going to talk about Jack Lowe Elementary and laud it, you might have been taken aback. Nowadays, it’s more unusual not to talk about the amazing turnaround of the little school that could.

The school was ranked as one of the state’s 50 lowest performing schools four years ago, but this year, they’re not only an A rated school by the state, but they’re a nominee for a national Blue Ribbon.

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Gonzalez

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For this week’s School Plus House, we head to Henry Gonzalez Elementary School in Pleasant Grove, which has earned a whole slate of accolades in the past few years, and was recently featured as one of Dallas ISD’s Best Schools.

The school offers more than 20 extracurricular activities, including Chinese (seriously, Chinese). Next year, they’ll become an innovation academy and personalized learning school.

Last year, Gonzalez Elementary earned an A in the state A-F ratings and four distinctions from the TEA last year. It also earned the North Texas Gold Ribbon School award last year, too, as well the Dallas ISD Breakthrough Campus award.

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MillsWhile moving to Oak Cliff is on the wishlists for many, you generally hear about one, maybe two schools that people desire buy near. But what if we told you just down Corinth sits a school that earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year — Roger Q. Mills Elementary?

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And what if we told you that it will be a magnet school next year?

Last week, we checked out Dorsey Elementary in Pleasant Grove, but this week we took a look at Dallas ISD’s weekly Best Schools video series and found this look at Mills, and hunted down a great listing close by. (more…)

Dorsey

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Nearly every week, a missive (or three) hits our inbox asking for recommendations on neighborhoods with the best schools. This week, we’re going to tell you about Dorsey Elementary in Pleasant Grove, which was recently featured in Dallas ISD’s weekly Best Schools video series.

Last week, we checked out a listing zoned for Cowart Elementary in Oak Cliff — and while STAAR testing likely precluded a new video for this week, we just hit the rewind button a bit to snag the video for Dorsey. (more…)