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Smith High School

Public | 9-12 | 1980 students

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Posted June 25, 2013

I attended Newman Smith for two and a half years and I think it is one of the worst schools I have ever attended in my life. The teachers are unprofessional (making sexual jokes in class, giving bonuses and changing grades at request, ect.) and not always qualified ( sometimes cannot answer specific questions). I was treated with overall condescension and learned very, very little for the time I wasted at this school. The administrators are more concerned with acsertaining that all students are wearing ID badges than anything academic or educational. Disiplinary action is lopsided and uneven -- in my experience, administrators will discipline what and whom they wish. A lot of students who should otherwise be in a regulars course are pressured to be in AP courses so that the school is held in a positive light to its audience. This made the AP classes move slowly, hindered by the (for lack of a better word) stupid questions. Also, it tilted unfairly (to those students appropriate to AP who had been making good grades) an already intellectually dishonest AP curve.


Posted June 21, 2013

Both my kids have attended Smith their entire high school career. My daughter graduated two years ago, and my son will graduate next year. Their involvement in music, athletics, and the business academy, in addition to excellent academics, has prepared them for college and for life. CFBISD is consistently rated among the very best in Texas for their fine arts programs. And Smith is one very good reason for that. We have a great principal who has been in that position for many, many years. He sets high standards, and insists that his teachers do also. Students that work hard and control themselves have no problems. In the seven school-years we've experienced, there has been only ONE teacher that I regret having encountered, and I consider that a pretty good record.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

For the first year and a half of high school I attended Newman Smith High School down the street from Turner. I had a horrible experience with Newman Smith as a whole. The teachers, principals, and counselors have absolutely no sympathy for their students. Their philosophy seems to be guilty until proven innocent and they certainly enforce this. Because of this and other issues with them, my mother and I agreed to transfer over to R. L. Turner where she and my older brother had graduated from. We were very pleased with the change because immediately I was accepted with my peers and with the administration. Turner allows their students to make the right decisions on their own and because of this it builds great character in their students. I recommend this school for students who want to have a great relationship with their peers and teachers who are also wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2010

Smith is a great size (enrollment) has caring teachers and Mr. Pouncy is the most involved high school principal I have ever known....If a student wants to succeed and be supported as well as join in the many extra curricular activities while getting excellent preparation for college...This is the place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2010

My son is a graduate of Smith and was very successful in college because of his preparation at Smith. My daughter will transfer there next year as a junior because the quality and depth of instruction at Smith is superior to the HS she now attends. The principal is so excellent and I pray he will remain there for at least 2 more years. The teachers are professional and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I have only attended newman smith high school for the year but it is a great school in everyway they help as needed and when your child is failing they are required to attend 90 minutes of tutorials a week.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2009

Smith is a very unenthusiastic school when it comes to unity and spirit. Athletically, we are not incredible. However, the size isn't to big so you will get to be closer with the people you want to be with, but then again highschool will have drama and it's offsides. The International Business Academy is the main reason why I am here! I think it is the best academy because it is more generalized and helps people figure what they're good at and how the workforce is. Great field trips, and DECA is just GREAT! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2005

When I went to Smith I loved it. They have great teachers and academic programs. If you have a child who has spanish as a native language they will love the specialized spanish courses for spanish speaking students. Not only did I learn my native language better but, also a lot more about my own culture. I would definitely recommend Smith.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

I now have my third child in this school and I am more pleased than ever with the attention given to us. Mr. Pouncy has certainly made an impression on the Newman Smith family and his leadership has brought many wise teachers to the classes there. The staff here really does 'care.'
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

588 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

591 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

409 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

400 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

398 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

403 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American98%
Asian94%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male96%
Black or African American96%
Asian95%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American96%
Asian95%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African American99%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

600 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
81%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

549 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students79%
Female80%
Male78%
Black or African American75%
Asian100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education71%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented82%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Black or African American88%
Asian84%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education67%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American95%
Asian96%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted94%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male59%
Black or African American50%
Asian63%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education15%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students56%
Female65%
Male47%
Black or African American46%
Asian62%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education11%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)9%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Black or African American75%
Asian86%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education33%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students60%
Female66%
Male54%
Black or African American42%
Asian82%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education7%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)23%
Proficient in English62%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted55%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Black or African American80%
Asian97%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education67%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students81%
Female80%
Male82%
Black or African American69%
Asian81%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education44%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Black or African American67%
Asian78%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education19%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 49% 52%
Black 23% 13%
White 19% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 8%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Ted Polk Middle School
Dewitt Perry Middle School
Dan F. Long Middle School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 35% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 51% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 6% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of Texas
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Spanish
Urdu
Vietnamese
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Newsweek America Best High School (2012)
  • NCEA Higher Performing School (2012)
  • ACT College Readiness Award (2012)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Children at Risk Gold Ribbon H.S. Award for Greater Dallas (2012)
  • Texas Senate Proclamation, America's Best H.S. (2012)
  • Gates Millennium Program Recognition (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: School Dance Company
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Step team
  • Student newspaper
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Special olympics
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer PSAT Prep Program
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • JOE POUNCY
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Drop by for a visit...
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (972) 968-5210

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Science/Engineering Pathway; Comp. Sci
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Arabic languages
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Other
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing
  • Pre-law
  • Science/Eng.; Global Business

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Credit Recovery; Dual Credit.
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer PSAT Prep Program
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Bus for tutorial students.
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch
  • The University of North Texas
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Brookhaven College
  • The University of Texas at Dallas
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • 9-12 Student Leadership
  • Anime Club
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess Club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club: School Dance Company
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Game club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • JROTC
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
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Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parents In Education Program.
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • For the 3rd consecutive year in 2012, NSHS received an Award of Excellence (Science) from the National Center for Educational Achievement. For the 12th consecutive year in 2012, Smith was listed as a Top American High School by Newsweek Magazine. NSHS students score above state/national norm on the SAT/ACT. In 2012, 80% of graduate enrolled in college. Students graduate with 26 or more college hours via enrollment in one of 27 AP courses. Graduation rate 97%. ACT College Readiness Award in 2012.
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University of Oklahoma
University of Texas
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Summer PSAT Prep Program
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 35%
4 year college - 51%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 6%
Workforce - 1%
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2335 North Josey Lane
Carrollton, TX 75006
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Phone: (972) 968-5220

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