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Old 01-19-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Hi - Iam googling all i can and still cant get a handle on the # of students admitted every year in DSID- William B Travis academy 4-8 and TAG, SEM for 9-12.

I see different #s in different school reports/TEA reports. Is there a standard number and also is there any % of allocation for different quadrants in DSID area.

Please help if you or someone who knew, knows any information rgds this.

Thanks a lot !!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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This Year Projected Slots:
Travis 4th: 66, 5th: 0, 6th: 22, 7th: 0, 8th: 0
SEM: 9th: 110, 10th: 5, 11th: 0, 12th 0
TAG HS: 9th: 65, 10th: 6, 11th: 5, 12th: 0

As for the different "quadrants" from the friends of Travis website:
"The top 30% are automatically accepted. The remaining 70% are chosen according to the percentage of students from each of the Elementary Learning Communities."
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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This Year Projected Slots:
Travis 4th: 66, 5th: 0, 6th: 22, 7th: 0, 8th: 0
SEM: 9th: 110, 10th: 5, 11th: 0, 12th 0
TAG HS: 9th: 65, 10th: 6, 11th: 5, 12th: 0

As for the different "quadrants" from the friends of Travis website:
"The top 30% are automatically accepted. The remaining 70% are chosen according to the percentage of students from each of the Elementary Learning Communities."
Thanks a lot.

Just curious.
1. How are the projected slots determined every year.
2. Why are some grades 0 -does that mean no students qualified or no seats available
3. Also heard Dallas Environmental Sciences Academy is a blue ribbon school. Do you know the # of seats for that as well.

Thanks much.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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At Travis, the entry year is 4th. 5th grade has 0 slots because they do not project that anyone is leaving. 6th grade is another entry year - technically middle school and class room size can either be larger or they add a class (not sure which one it is).
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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J. L. Long Middle School is becoming an option also - it is an IB MYP candidate school and as such is authorized to use the curriculum. About 80% of the teachers have received IB training. The final application process is expected this fall with a site from the International Baccalaureate Organization in the spring. Accreditation is expected in fall 2013.

I am not sure of the transfer procedure but I know several parents from Hexter Elementary who have their children at Long (R.T. Hill is the middle school for Hexter).

I was at a meeting this morning of university (SMU, UNT, UTA, UTD and Texas A&M Commerce) and business community members who support the college prep academies at Woodrow. Enrollment trends were discussed. It seems fewer children are applying to Travis from Lakewood and Stonewall Jackson in 4th grade and more are planning to go to Long/Woodrow for IB. It was also mentioned that only two students at Stonewall in 5th grade have filed private school applications instead of planning to go to Long. A couple of years ago the rate going to Long from Stonewall was 57%. At Lakewood it was 73%.
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Old 01-20-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Here is the link for the projected openings for all DISD magnets this year. Magnets and Special Programs / Magnet Schools Projected Slots Available
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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Enrollment trends were discussed. It seems fewer children are applying to Travis from Lakewood and Stonewall Jackson in 4th grade and more are planning to go to Long/Woodrow for IB. It was also mentioned that only two students at Stonewall in 5th grade have filed private school applications instead of planning to go to Long. A couple of years ago the rate going to Long from Stonewall was 57%. At Lakewood it was 73%.
I've heard of at least two families moving into Lakewood specifically so they can go Woodrow IB. I know of many more whose high school decision has changed from Townview/SEM or private to now weighing Townview/SEM vs. Woodrow IB. Despite your pumping, the hard reality is that many of these people simply would not have considered Woodrow a few years ago. If IB was intended to lure the locals, it seems to be working (or at least strongly piquing their interest).

I have not heard of a drop in Travis applications, however. Going to Travis does not prevent you from going to Woodrow IB and it may help when and if you apply to Townview/SEM or privates if Woodrow isn't ultimately the avenue you want. There is not really a downside to going to Travis.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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I am not sure of the transfer procedure but I know several parents from Hexter Elementary who have their children at Long (R.T. Hill is the middle school for Hexter).
Our son attends kindergarten at Hexter. At a recent PTA meeting, we were told that only 11 of 57 (or so) 5th graders from last years class went on to Hill. Hexter is a great school, but we do have concerns about post-5th grade.

Will Long and Woodrow still offer AP classes when the IB program comes into existance? Hopefully the IB will help the overall school become stronger and not just become a school within a school. We've been doing some research about IB and I must admit, some of their curriculum and philosophies don't exactly jive with ours.
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Old 01-22-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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Here is the link for the projected openings for all DISD magnets this year. Magnets and Special Programs / Magnet Schools Projected Slots Available
Thanks for the link and other responses.

Looks like chances are for TRAVIS as 66 seats. TEA also confirms 66.

Among the 10000+ elementary candidates [ofcourse the ones which finally come out for application / matching selection criteria will reduce further]
VS
66 seats

Wow ! I also saw a 30% top applicants get + rest 70% split among geographically distributed populated quadrants like NE, NW, SE, SW.

So if iam correct or even close
total seats = 66
30% toppers = 19.8 = rounded=20 seats [mostly North dallas,NE area gets from private schools, may be some Lakewood,etc..]
17.5% NE= 11.55=rounded=12 seats
17.5% NW= 11.55=rounded=12 seats
17.5% SE= 11.55=rounded=12 seats
17.5% SW= 11.55=rounded=12 seats

Total distribution=12+12+12+12=48+20[toppers]=68 [if we remove rounded numbers comes close to 66]

So the best bet is 12 seats for other quadrants Vs 1000s of students from each quadrant - this is really really squeezing.

Iam just wondering what do kids/parents who spent all their energy into getting their kids into TRAVIS and if they dont get either due to no seats available or if they are outsmarted by A+ 97-100 candidates Vs All As that would put the kid(s)/parents into a very tough position.

Does anybody know of parents whose kids were almost close and excelled but did not make it. Also what are the alternatives for those parents/kids - unfortunately private is not out of the question for us but would be really stretching it.

Thanks as always
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:36 PM
 
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Iam just wondering what do kids/parents who spent all their energy into getting their kids into TRAVIS and if they dont get either due to no seats available or if they are outsmarted by A+ 97-100 candidates Vs All As that would put the kid(s)/parents into a very tough position.

Does anybody know of parents whose kids were almost close and excelled but did not make it. Also what are the alternatives for those parents/kids - unfortunately private is not out of the question for us but would be really stretching it.

Thanks as always
Yes, there are many very bright kids each year who don't get into Travis. Because of the geographical breakdown, the competition is stiffer coming from the more affluent elementaries (Lakewood, Stonewall, Hexter, Preston Hollow).

What do parents do? If they are in the Long catchment, they go to Long (hardly the worst thing in the world, particularly with the IB program). Or they bite the bullet and go private. Or they move (this seems a drastic step).
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