Photo: Beth Erickson

Photo: Beth Erickson

Today we had Tiny’s interview and assessment for the Dallas ISD magnet program – which sounds a whole lot more daunting than it actually was.

But where did we end up going? Well, we were certain going in that we would be picking Dealey as our first choice school. It was close to our house. It would be almost like going to a neighborhood school. Dealey was the logical choice, right?

Well … (more…)

Photo: Bethany Erickson

Photo: Bethany Erickson

“We are looking at one of the two montessori schools Dallas ISD offers, and if we moved we are considering living near the one neighborhood montessori, Mata Elementary,” I’ve said more times than I can count when people ask about where Tiny will go to school. “And if that doesn’t happen, we are happy with him going to our feeder school – Withers Elementary.”

And inevitably, the response is, “Oh, it can’t be a real montessori – it’s in the Dallas public school system.” And at first, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure how the two jibed either. Is there a way for the methods of Maria Montessori to dovetail with federal and state requirements placed on a school?

The answer, in short, is yes. (more…)

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Saturday morning, the Mister, Tiny and I drove over to Ellis Field house to attend the DISD magnet school fair.

We left kind of stunned. A good stunned, though, because even with our two years of research and question-asking and review seeking, we were still surprised by the sheer volume of choice offered to families who attend Dallas public schools.

In fact, even if your kiddo isn’t even at the point of attending school yet, I recommend you go to next year’s fair, just to start getting the lay of the land and – even more so – to have a tangible way to visualize the myriad of ways your child can learn.

Our original plan had been to just make a beeline for the two schools we were interested in – Dealey and Harry Stone. We did go there, and asked plenty of questions (more on that in a minute), but then we spent another half hour or so milling around. Vanguard schools for STEM and fine arts. International Baccalaureate schools out the wazoo. Law magnets. Engineering magnets. Leadership and communication magnets. You name an interest, and there is a way to address it.

In fact, a teacher at Skyline High wanted me to make sure our readers knew that free transportation is available to all magnet, vanguard and montessori schools. “Make sure they know!” she said. (more…)