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Old 06-18-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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I have a friend who as a kid in Rockwall schools. She was surprised to see how many ESL (English as a 2nd Language) kids there were. She said when her daughter started kinder (this was 8-9 years ago) there was an entire class of ESL kinder kids. My friend was not happy, to be frank, because she thought that meant the school was having to spend a lot of money in that direction taking it away from the other kids. I don't know if that is true or not. My friend got her daughter in the gifted program. She's in high school now and still in advanced classes and has been very happy with her daughter's schooling overall.

I know another person who teaches in a Dallas school and she said all of their African kids, esp Ethiopian kids were moving to Rockwall. She said these kids were excellent students with supportive families. She was sad to see them go. She thought there must be a large contigent of Ethiopian families in Rockwall.
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:18 PM
 
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I teach in a well known North Dallas suburban high school. I think you get out of school what you put into it. If you want to party all the time, then there are certainly outlets for that type of behavior, but if you are a serious student there are many excellent programs to pursue your dreams. Part of the problems that we have to address in our school are not so much from the kids as from the parents. I am sorry to say that too many parents are far more concerned with their childrens' athletic stats and popularity than their academic progress. As for the TAKS test, don't sweat it. For the most part the students who didn't fail, and who didn't graduate as a result, chose not to take steps to improve their chances. Students have five chances beginning their junior year to pass the test. All districts have tutoring and special prep classes available. Sadly too many of the kids that failed decided to stay in other programs and skip getting the help needed. As for Rowlett specifically, its a good district, they have a terrific music program and from what I have seen they have a good staff. It's one of the facts of life that there are gangs and gang wannabe's everywhere. You simply have to be smart enough to avoid that kind of life. Good Luck!
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! I am looking forward to starting over. I just haven't set up a home in the Dallas area, and try to figure out as much as I can. My sister of course, says I will love it!( she really wants me to come), so I have to feel she is just a bit prejudice! Either way, I am an adventurer, and plan on job hunting and getting the kids into Amanda Rochell elementry. I hope I fall in love with the area! I was born in Corpus, so maybe I am inlined ot find where my real roots are as a Texan! The folks in this forum are awesome, spending time to educate all who are in need! Thanks again!
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