Blue Ribbon

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Three Dallas ISD schools have earned the 2019 National Blue Ribbon School award, one of the highest honors for a campus.

Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School, Walnut Hill Elementary School, and Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School are Blue Ribbon Schools.

The U.S. Department of Education awards the Blue Ribbon recognition to schools where students perform at very high levels or where exemplary progress is being made toward closing achievement gaps.

Lowe Elementary Principal Sandra Barrios held back tears as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in a video the school earned Blue Ribbon honors. Lowe Elementary School was an Improvement Required campus just five years ago. The neighborhood elementary school serves a diverse student population, with many students coming as refugees or unable to speak English. (more…)

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.” (more…)