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Old 06-01-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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Just to double what loneranger has said.

My son attends SEM and finds the TAKS very simple. He came from a homeschool group, so this year was his first year taking the TAKS. So yes...kids at SEM and the TAG High School, etc...they just "get it". They don't have to take TAKS test prep that you hear about in other schools.
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Old 06-02-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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The LEAP kids in CFBISD are tested by the district and need to have scores in the ranges of 140 or higher. They are bussed into the MCCoy elementary campus from their home campuses and are clustered in one classroom per grade. Each grade has 3 regular classes from the school area and 1 class for LEAP kids. All the kids have playground time together and many activities are with all the classes together. To me, this is ideal since the learning environment caters to the special needs of the kids (and I do think this is special needs!!) and they have the same group of kids with them year after year. At the same time they have the benefit of socialising with kids of all abilities and learning how to get along with everyone.

I disagree with the poster who says that the high schools are not that good. The important thing to keep in mind is that Carrollton has a very diverse and largely middle class population. If you are going to judge a school by how the entire population performs you can get a view skewed by the poor performance of just a few kids. I have been told that R.L Turner is not that great and that the other two (creekside and Ranchview) are excellent. Which high school your child goes to can depend on which field the child is interested in pursuing. As I understand it a child who wants to go into engineering will go to a different campus than another who is interested in the arts.

Frankly, I'm taking it one year at a time with my kid and haven't bothered researching the high schools yet. Things are fluid in our education system and in our lives. An excellent program that exists today may be gone in 5 years and, with the way lives are now, we may not be in Texas by the time our kid reaches High school.

My feeling is that an excellent elementary and middle school education will set him up for life and this program does do that.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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I disagree with the poster who says that the high schools are not that good. The important thing to keep in mind is that Carrollton has a very diverse and largely middle class population. If you are going to judge a school by how the entire population performs you can get a view skewed by the poor performance of just a few kids. I have been told that R.L Turner is not that great and that the other two (creekside and Ranchview) are excellent. Which high school your child goes to can depend on which field the child is interested in pursuing. As I understand it a child who wants to go into engineering will go to a different campus than another who is interested in the arts.
You forgot Newman Smith High School. It's a couple miles north of Turner on Josey and serves central Carrollton. The third high school is Creekview, which serves the CFB portion of North Carrollton. Ranchview doesn't serve any of Carrollton or Farmers Branch, IIRC, but instead serves the portion of the district in Irving and Coppell (mostly Las Colinas).

I don't know what to say about Ranchview. The district has kept it really small and it only had its first graduating class in 2007. However, this school year the school began offering the IB Diploma and will have its first IB class graduate next year, so this could really boost its reputation. The long term effects remain to be seen.

Smith and Creekview are standard, though unremarkable, suburban high schools. They perform acceptably but not exceptionally in academics and in most extracurriculars. They have good course options but nothing noteworthy.

Turner is more of an inner-city campus now. It has a lot of first-generation American students and immigrant students and this does consume a lot of its attention. They also offer advanced classes but the school isn't a big draw, and many of the homeowners in the neighborhood send their kids to private school or transfer them to another CFB school (Smith usually) rather than have them attend Turner.

The district has several magnet programs which allow students to choose the high school campus they attend. These programs are good enough but don't come anywhere near to the level of the DISD free-standing magnet schools in terms of how comprehensive and well-run they are.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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IB is a good program for students who really want to be challenged--it is more demanding than AP in one way because it requires students do extra curricular activities that are service oriented--not just something like athletics or cheerleading...and if it is done with IB level standards it really is college level---great for some kids and not so great for others---

your daughter is likely going to be pretty stressed with just moving--she sounds like change does not sit well with her--
would it be feasible to home school her for a year
or what about the on-line program through Texas Tech for home-schooling with an accredited institution
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ode/ttuisd/
that is expensive though--don't know how it would compare with private school
100 per half/credit (semester) course and 30 admin fee for each one--130 for each half of English/Math/Science/Social studies/Foreign Language--whatever she took...and if she would do it this way and was successful she could do a years work in half a years time--
smart kids can really knock this stuff out if they want to...
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Old 06-02-2009, 06:21 PM
 
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IB is a good program for students who really want to be challenged--it is more demanding than AP in one way because it requires students do extra curricular activities that are service oriented--not just something like athletics or cheerleading...and if it is done with IB level standards it really is college level---great for some kids and not so great for others---

your daughter is likely going to be pretty stressed with just moving--she sounds like change does not sit well with her--
would it be feasible to home school her for a year
or what about the on-line program through Texas Tech for home-schooling with an accredited institution
Texas Tech University Independent School District :: College of Outreach & Distance Education :: Texas Tech University
that is expensive though--don't know how it would compare with private school
100 per half/credit (semester) course and 30 admin fee for each one--130 for each half of English/Math/Science/Social studies/Foreign Language--whatever she took...and if she would do it this way and was successful she could do a years work in half a years time--
smart kids can really knock this stuff out if they want to...
Far, far cheaper than private school. By my math to take 6 classes a semester at TTUISD it would cost $780.

The strong private schools in Dallas are going to cost at LEAST $10k per year just in tuition, not to count textbooks, uniforms, sports fees, field trips, etc. The most expensive school in Dallas is Episcopal School of Dallas, which will set you back just over $23,000 in tuition alone.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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The Winston school is slightly south of the airport and we know of one family that moved their child from a very good private school to the Winston school and are very pleased with it. Both schools have sky high tuitions but if you can afford it, and if it meets what you need, then they may be just the thing for your 'quirky' kid.

You have to have some kind of learning difference for Winston for admission, and last I heard, they had a waiting list.

They are considered one of, if not the, best in the country for LD kids.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:46 AM
 
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Mom, you just described a typical gifted child.....and unfortunately their drop-out rate is about the same as special ed students! You are wise to try to find a school that will meet her needs.
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