School for the Talented and Gifted Review
Another gem of a school in the Dallas International School District, at 1201, East Eighth Street, Dallas, Texas, is this School for the Talented and Gifted, casually referred to as TAG. This being a Magnet school is also a part of the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. For your information, magnet schools are specialized in a concentrated area of studies and are named “magnet” as they draw students across various boundaries formed by the authorities. The School for Talented and Gifted is a public high school also known as college preparatory magnet school specializing in liberal arts and known for its Advanced placement program with an intensive teaching style. It presently houses around 230 students of the grades of 9 to 12.
The School for the Talented and Gifted is one of the few high schools that lay such serious emphasis on Advance Placement program and has a compulsory criterion of having at least 11 Advance Placement courses to complete graduation. This school also strictly follows the Distinguished Achievement Program of the state, which happens to be the highest graduation program of Texas. Few unique facilities offered to students in this school are that they can conduct field researches coordinating partnerships with local universities and also select electives. Mini interim term courses of extracurricular activities are also made accessible to students like ballroom dances and glass blowing etc along with TAG forum and TAG-Trek and grade-level interdisciplinary seminars are few more unique elements of the school’s program.
The fact that the School for the Talented and Gifted is one the best high schools of the nation is even more testified with the series of awards and rankings that are showered on it all through these years, consistently.
It is one of the very few high schools in Texas to achieve a 10 out of 10 rating from the Great Schools Rating.
From 2006 to 2011, leaving only 2008, Newsweek magazine has rated this school as #1 public high school in the whole US of A. Moved to only #2 for the year 2008.
However, D magazine has consistently nominated this as the Best High School in Dallas.
Texas Education Agency has rated this school as “Exemplary” since the year of inception of its program.
The School for the Talented and Gifted is also a NCLB Blue Ribbon School.
The U.S. News has awarded it a Gold Medal and gives it a national rank as well as state rank of #1 and STEM rank of #39.
On a value based evaluation of the school when compared to other International Baccalaureate and Advanced Program schools this school has scored a flawless 100% in all three criteria of Reading proficiency, Math proficiency and College Readiness Index.
This school is also ranked first for student attendance and overall passing rates in Texas since 2001.
Being named a worldwide leader for participation and performance in the fields of Art history, Computer science and Human Geography and with a widespread alumni into every famous and topmost university of America, The School for the Talented and Gifted is undoubtedly one of the top best schools in USA.