Students enrolled 910
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School leader SCOTT RUDES
Transportation options Yes
District Dallas Independent School District

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2501 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

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5 stars
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August 12, 2014
I loved going to school here. I made great friends and was surrounded by supportive faculty. The academic teachers were all wonderful in their field and knew how to teach artists for the most part. However, what lost that star was my field of study: classical performance. If you're in the band, you won't receive a very positive musical experience and if you're in the orchestra you'll be lucky if you even have a musical experience. I constantly found myself being bored by the lack of challenges that my directors had for me and there was nothing left for my directors to teach me. I found myself learning what I did learn outside of school. But, overall, a really fantastic school.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2014
I am an alumni of Booker T. It was an awesome experience. Even though I went to a wonderful undergraduate institution, as well as graduate, Booker T. remains my favorite school I've ever attended.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2014
I started out as a freshman in 2011, and over the past three years Booker T. has helped me so much with my art. Not only have a grown as a great musician, but as a great individual as well. If you are an artist wanting to share your talent with the world, this is the school for you. Peace out, pegasi!

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
As much as I love BTW, I have to let those stars fall for many reasons, it's a great school that's a no brainer, but it fails in some areas that can really affect your experience there. I was a student here from 08-12 in the theatre cluster, let me begin by saying that teachers in each cluster WILL have favorites, by that I mean that they will get a handful of students, kids who come from prominent families with money and set them on the right course to get the best classes the cluster has to offer, as well as snick a word in there when it comes to college acceptance; sure you can try getting the favor, but it's quite hard an inefficient. I will say that you can learn a lot about your art, and even get some opportunities to participate in outside professional performing companies, so that's a plus. Academics here are great, except the math department, they keep changing the teachers every year, and they usually teach at a below average level. I loved my experience here, but I wish the school was more realistic, too many people are fake and fail to see reality, oh and if you attend be prepared to be at school from 8AM - 8PM each school day, that's actually the funnest part!

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2013
My son is in the Theatre Cluster at Booker T and loves it. It is such an amazing school that nurtures young artists while academically preparing them for success in careers and university. Every year this school sends kids to the Ivy's as well as the top conservatories in the world. The atmosphere is also one of acceptance where differences are valued rather than mocked (which can be a problem at the local high school his twin sister goes to). Teachers, students, parents and administration all work together to keep this school unique. Auditions are usually in January of the child's 8th grade, and if they don't get through the audition stages then, then chances of going is later years is very low, as they keep a tight cap on the number of students in each grade. The audition process is grueling but needed to keep the standards so high. We are very proud to be a Booker T family.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
BTWHSPVA is heaven for my gifted and talented child who is also ADD. Her scores for standardized tests were always outstanding, but her experience in "traditional" school settings was always a struggle. She was bored by the busywork, unmotivated to excel and misunderstood by most of her teachers. Here, she thrives in an environment filled with talent and creativity. She is excited to go to school for the first time in her life and truly misses it during breaks. Instead of being criticized for her learning differences, she gets support, encouragement, and options for her individual style. From the first day of school, she was warmly welcomed, even by students 3 years older. She is learning, growing as an artist (theater), but also gaining incredible confidence, making loads of friends and maturing into a responsible adult. If your child is artsy - I strongly encourage you to visit this school and consider it for their high school years. We live more than 30 miles away from downtown, but making the drive is the best investment in my child I have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2012
I really enjoy attending school now. I have all the resources I need to grow as a musician .I totally recommend this school. Pegasus for life

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2012
I WISH THIS WEBSITE HAD MORE STARS THAT I COULD GIVE THIS SCHOOL....ITS ALMOST LIKE WHEN U WALK IN, U INSTANTLY BECOME AN ARTIST....I LOVE THE ENERGY OF THE PEOPLE AND EVERYONE THERE MAKES U FEEL SOOO WELCOME, EVEN IF THEY DONT KNOW YOU...I LOVE THIS SCHOOL WITH ALL MY HEART, AND HOPEFULLY STARTING AUGUST OF THIS YEAR, I CAN OFFICIALLY BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS...BTWHSPVA FOR LIFE <3

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2011
Arts Magnet is by far the greatest school I could ever imagine. I wake up every single morning excited to go to school and ready to grow as an artist. The school defies common high school cliques, and although it is very rigorous and challenging; I am proud to be a student at BTWHSPVA. Everything arts related is by far the best of the best in Dallas if not the country.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 24, 2010
Booker T. Washington embraces the child who might not fit in so readily at other schools - it's also not so sports focused. The majority of the student population are extremely talented and hard-working.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2010
The environment encourages the kids to me more independent, therefore, more responsible for themselves in all aspects of their lives. The opportunity for a deeper study in the Arts is unsurpassed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Booker T is Arguably the best arts magnet in the US. The teachers and leadership are great. The atmosphere there is inviting fostering a creative spirit and the instruction is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
Booker T. is the best in academics and the arts. Who could ask for more in a school?!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
Great teachers, staff. Kids of diversified backgrounds. Lots of openness!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2010
My daughter is happy to go to school every day. I promise that this would not be the case if she were to attend another school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
Booker T. is making it possible for my child to be introduced and receive preliminary exposure and training in the field of acting while receiving her high school education

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
My Daugther went to the school and had a wonderful time . She went to a wonderful college and it was a great experience because of BT.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
It is an amazing school. Beautiful and it has so much substance! Teachers that care and have been with the school for so long. Excellent scholastic program. My daughter cannot get enough of school. She loves it!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
BTW grooms students for a career in the arts while still ensuring that their academic development is solid. They have created ingenious ways to provide exposure to professionals in their chosen fields as a part of the student's education at no cost to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
We love the diverse and creative atmosphere. Teachers, students, administrators and parents are all enthusiastic about being there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2010
As my son says, the only limit to the opportunities at Booker T is time. The dual curriculum (my son is in theater) is so broad. He is learning to do analytical writing and he is exposed to so many great works, not only in English but in his theater classes as well. The academics are rigorous and he is working hard and loving it. He has been at the school only 2 months and already he is on Student Council, in the film club, in the Free Tibet Club and he had the opportunity to participate in building the set for the first show. He is so passionate and excited about all the amazing classes that he has to look forward to. His senior year will be full, unlike so many other high schools I have heard about. They are already researching colleges and putting together resumes. The school is the perfect fit for my passionate, motivated and intelligent son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
A great school for smart and talented kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a fabulous school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
This is an awesome school, all the students are so happy to be here they do what it takes to stay, keeping grades up and participating. The teachers are amazing... they really care about the kids and take a personal interest in helping them achieve their dreams.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
The focus on the arts allows the students at BTWHSPVA to explore their full potential. They are so busy learning and having fun that they don't have time to behave badly!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
I'm an alumni and now both of my children attend there! We are all so grateful for such a wonderful opportunity!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
I love Booker T Washington HSPVA because it has helped my daughter and many other students get closer to their dreams. It is a place where creativity flows and gifts are fine tuned into skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
Can anyone tell me what the dance audition is like. Is it based on current skill only, or will they accept a slightly less trained person who exhibits potential. What are they looking for? How long is it?

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2010
I am an eighth grade student wanting to attend. However, I would be an out-of-district student and the tuition is more than I can afford. Is there a way that I could get a scholarship? And also: I love to dance but am not ready to commit my life and career to dancing and still want a good education in the maths and sciences. Is Booker T. up to par?

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2010
Let me start by saying that without this school, i wouldn't have found my one and only dream that i want to become in the future.The eye opening of the ARTS has made me realize that music is what i want to pursue in life and put me out there just like the other well accomplished artists from Booker T Washington. The arts is well known throughout the state of texas, but in the US. And everyone knows that the artists who are created here are those to make rich history around the world.There's no greater feeling than when you walk into school, you hear rich solid music into your ears, and the better part is that, the person who is making music happens to be your friend, and to know that not only me but also my friends will accomplish their goals and dreams in life.

- submitted by a student
March 22, 2010
To follow this last post, I have to say that only students interested in becoming artist should attend Booker T. in the first place. If you expect your child to become a doctor. This is not the place for them, and I'm sure anyone will tell you that. As a senior, this has been the greatest experience of my life, and I would never decide to attend another high school.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2010
I am currently a sophmore at Booker T. I'd have to say it's an okay school as far as the arts. However, the education, I found unsatifactory. You're not taught above and beyond what is in the textbooks or what's on the TAKS test. The cluster teachers (I'm in music) can really put you down. Even if you're a hard worker. The students who make them look good, are the ones that are cherished, and recieve the best musical oppurtunities. After spending 2 years here, I am ready to leave. I would suggest sending your child here only if you expect them to be an artist, musician, dancer, or actor, not a doctor or lawyer.

- submitted by a student
February 23, 2010
Booker T. has presented my son with a fabulous opportunity to grow both artistically and academically. He has had the chance to interact with professional actors and directors and learn directly from them as well as the faculty. Most importantly, he has been excited to go to school every day, and that would not have been the case at any other high school. This is an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2009
As a new parent at the school with a freshman student I cannot say enough positive things about Booker T.HSPVA . My daughter loves her school and is thriving in all subjects both theater and academics.The teachers and staff really care about the kids and I am so excited that my daughter has been offered this wonderful oportunity.The communication between the school and parents is excellent and the support for the students from the faculty is top notch.Coming from a private school in Dallas I was a little apprehensive about the academics at first but all my concerns are now diminished. BTW is one of the best schools in the country both for academic achievement and the arts. I cannot imagine a more perfect school for my young thespian.This is a wonderful school !

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The Arts instruction at this school is the best in the country. The kids' focus on their crafts transcends the social ills being experience in this world. The relatively small size of the student body promotes a close relationship between the faculty and the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I loved Booker T. Washington from the first time I walked into the building. Booker T. made me and my daughter feel like family. All the amazing teachers and staff at this school, were there to pass on all of their talents for which my daugther could learn from everyday.This school in my opinion is one of the best in the counrty to allow students such as my daughter to allow their talents to be exposed. Go Booker T. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The school strives for excellence. Before Booker T. my daughter always attended private schools and Booker T. Washington teachers have are much more willing to do what ever is necessary for each kid. I have had teachers offer to tutor her at my conveniece. Even if it means them coming extremely early or staying extremely late. The students were all selected and that's how they carry themselves. As a select group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
The faculty, staff, and administration truly care about each and every student at BTWHSPVA. It is heart-warming to walk into the building on any given day and see kids who really want to be in school. Academics do not take a back seat to the performing and visual arts; rather, the two work hand in hand. There is no finer place in Dallas to prepare the students for college and for life.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
Booker T. Washington HSPVA is simply the best performing arts high schools in the country! The facility is unbelievable. The principal, faculty and staff know their stuff, care and are committed to the destiny of each student that enters the doors. And its not just about the arts, the academics are taught and are ranked amongst the top in the state. Just look at the list of achievers that have finished from BTWHSPVA...Norah Jones, Eddie Bricknel, Earl Lucas, Erykah Badu, and many more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
Booker T. Washington HSPVA has done an excellent job in preparing its students for the next step, college and beyond. It has given my child the confidence to think 'big' and given her the tools to reach her goals. Its amazing what can happen when students look forward to going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I have two graduates from BTWHSPVA and one presently attending it is one of the greatest schools academically as well as for the Arts. Thru the education my children have received at BTWHSPVA I have a Junior at Alfred University in up state NY and a Freshman at Brookhaven College. The staff is really committed to help our children succeed and go on to higher education! The sky is the limit for students of BTWHSPVA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
This school gives opportunity to grow in the field that the students are passionate about.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Top rated creative arts school. must have good grade point average to apply. great teachers, students love their school and are motivated to work hard. wonderful fine arts classes

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
My daughter is a senior at BTW and a better school in Dallas can't be found. I love how the academic and artistic faculty work together to ensure the success of all students. The kids really want to be at Booker T. and will do whatever it takes to be successful in all areas of the school. I have never seen a more committed group of teachers and students. They are really care about each other

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Never saw such devoted students as those at Booker T. They make the school such a fun, diverse, creative place. Wonderful, skillful events involving music, theater, dance or visual arts are going on all the time. A recent performance of a student written multi-arts show called 'ALWAYS IMAGINE' played to standing room audiences during the opening of the Dallas Performing Arts Center, to the point where they added a show. Booker T. must be one of the best schools in the country!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
The school is the greatest because the teachers here really take an interest in putting out quality students. The ammount of time which is spent in developing the students here is especially helpful to me. I have learned so much and have developed my art to such a degree which t I could not have achieved any where but here.I am now a senior and the amount of time spent also in getting me into a good college has really helped alot. Great school for those going into the arts.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 18, 2009
Because my son loves it and calls it his 'second home', and because the faculty (arts and academic) is phenomenal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
Attending highschool at Booker T Washington Spva Magnet is something that only a student there, would be able to understand. Someone would be able to understand if they went to school there and had the passion that every student there has. Words cannot descibe why I love going to this school. But I will try my best. It is the best school in the world! Everyday you walk out of school and feel like you're apart of something, apart of what you love. Art. The arts district of Dallas is the best place to be located. And everyday in the hallways at school I hear music from musicians in the hallways practicing. I get an education that is so rigourus on an academic level, and feel like i've achieved so much in my life. Specially as an out of district student to be living this dream of mine that I have had my entire life as a dancer. I know from Booker T Washington I will go far in life because I get told it everyday by teachers after they tell us the only way to get where you want is to work until' you get there. I learn so much, I do what I love at school all day long. Dancing. I have so many friends because everyone just welcomes you in because at the end of the day we all are connected through our strive to be the one shining on center stage, the one to get the full ride scholarship, the art, the passion. Teachers are there for us no matter what because they want to help us reach our goal. There is security inside and outside of our school protecting us. I know when I go to school I will be safe, and cared about. Something most schools do not accomplish. Booker T Washington is a school that security stays with you until everyone is out of the building. Even though most students stay after until 9:30 pm performing, or rehearsing, or doing homework. Because once you start the school year, you never ever want to leave.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2009
My daughter is the happiest that she has ever been in public or private school. She is excelling in her academics and considers It an honor to be a part of this school. BTWHSPVA allows young people to express themselves and not be the 'weird' kid (the results speak for themself) These kids are amazing,,

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
The kids there are HAPPY! It's the strangest thing! Even outside of school when I come across a student or ex-student they get a huge smile and say YES I AM FROM BOOKER T! It's amazing. They have 99% of students going on to college and fabulous academics not to mention the best performing and visual teaching anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
As an alumni and a teacher, I've been plugged into the energy of Arts Magnet for 16 years and there is no better place for young artists to explore and create. I hear several students saying, as they approach graduation, that they wish they could stay. Some of us act on it.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 16, 2009
The teachers, principal and support staff are the best at BTWHSPVA! The teachers are #1 in their respective subjects and always give 110% to the students. Over all it is an incredible High School that has given our daughter opportunities that she would not have had anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
You can walk down the halls hearing music pouring out of doors, seeing dancers flying around the studios, viewing art in the mini-galleries, and watching the thespians become someone else.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 15, 2009
I had so much fun learning and spending time with other artistic people. We were so involved in the school. There was always something to do or something to see. My favorite was sitting in English class and hearing the Jazz ensemble practice.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 15, 2009
The academics are great and the arts emphasis is awesome. It is one high school where all the kids want to be there and where being different is cherished.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I went there and had some of the best experiences. The faculty is amazing and they work darn hard to help to prepare all the students for art outside of the school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 13, 2009
The faculty really is committed to making sure the kids get a quality education - while also providing them the highest level of instruction for their individual specialties.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It's a great school. It is not only a great school for performing and visual arts but the academics are wonderful. My daughter is getting an excellent academic and art education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I love Booker T Washington High school because of all of the college and professional opportunity they provide the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The diverse, creative environment encourages acceptance, innovation, and exploration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It is a unifying experience where children learn to get along with each other and express thier individual personalities while focusing on basic curriculum and thier love for the arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I love Booker T. Washington because it gave my son an opportunity to use his talent and creativity like no other school could have. Booker T. is part of the reason that my son is a graduate student studying scenic design. Booker T. rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
While I was in the process of visiting high schools before while my son was in the eighth grade, I had the feeling that all the students at the school wanted to be there. Those four years were good for him in so many ways and went by so quickly. He is now a successful college student as a science major. That success is based on his education, growth, and experiences at Booker T.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
BTW Spva allows creativity into the process of learning. This increases motivation and enthusiasm, helping students get the maximum benefit from their education. My nieces are continuing their education at the university level, bringing with them the knowledge, skills, and attitude nurtured at BTW.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The school and staff are exceptional and all the programs offered surpass all the other schools here. My daughter loves attending B.T.Washington it has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It's such a cool place with a welcoming community where kids can be themselves and develop in character and skill.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2009
booker t washington teaches students more than academics. It teaches them resposibility and community involvement and treats them like adults.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
As an arts professional and educator for over 30 years I know that BTWashington is an exceptional arts lab and education center.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
We offer the best foundation program in the arts.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 12, 2009
Great school, lots of very talented kids and teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
BTWHSPVA was the best high school I could've attended for my educational advancement as well as my creative advancement. The teachers were artistic and made you become the best student you could be. The performances were exceptional, amazing from students to be performing at that level. It was a quaint school when I attended and even that added an element to my high school term.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
I love BTWHSPVA because of the passion and energy that the students and faculty have for everything they do. The people make the school and the talent is the bonus!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 11, 2009
It allows students to show their creativity in all the arts

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has wonderful administrators, incredible teachers, award-winning students, strong support from the Advisory Board, PTA and alumni groups, and school partnerships with arts organizations and the business community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 10, 2009
Booker T Washington has been one of the best things to happen to our child. It is a wonderful, positve place for her to learn and grow in!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
I love my school because it is different from most every school in the entire country, in fact, the entire world. Students at BTWHSPVA are free to explore their creative art as well as many others. I believe that this school changes you in the most positive way. You come in a young student, and you come out a mature, clear thinker, with a vast knowledge of the arts in the world.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2009
The school is AMAZING!!! not like anyother high school around! it is a real benifit to everyone there!

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Just a great school all together. The art, music, dance, and theater really encourage kids to follow their dream careers early and feel great about it. BTWHSPVA encouraged me let my artistic and musical talents get out and to bee seen in the world.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Booker T. is amazing. Here, we express ourselves through the arts while learning in an academic environment. We socialize, we perform, and we excel. For the hundreds of students who attend Booker T, this is certainly a place we call home. :)

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Booker T. Washington is the best school in existance. Our school combines teaching in the arts as well as academics and has given me the best experience of my life. This is the first school where I have actually been excited to go back each year after summer break. Booker T. is my home away from home, and i can garuntee that any other student you ask will gladly agree.

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2009
BTWHSPVA helps talented students make their talent their career...If it wasn't for the location in the Arts District, the classrooms that fit the cluster's needs, and the visitors from colleges, bands, companies, etc., BTWHSPVA would be a regular high school...

- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2009
Awesome School. Dynamic Dance program

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
The academics are as strong as the arts! Great college scholarship opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
BTWHSPVA has offered my daughter the opportunity to live her dream of dancing. It is equipping her with the necessary foundation she will need to continue her dream in college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
BTW's teachers are more than dedicated - they teach to the talents of the students. They use these skills to get the academics learned. At every visit - I see confident students, encouraged to strive for excellence - expected to achieve - and provided the tools and support to pull it off. The school atmosphere is electric and the energy is contagious.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
The energy, enthusiasm and joy flow freely from kids who are supported, encouraged and guided to develop a talent they have chosen to pursue.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Wow ... the energy level ... the enthusiasm ... the programs ... the excitement .... My son jumps out of bed in the morning because he is excited to get to school. Why can't all schools be like this!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
My daughter is learning from some of the best music instructors around with plenty of opportunities to perform inside and outside the classroom. She and her fellow students are passionately pursuing their chosen art in a brand new state-of the-art high school in the brand new Dallas Performing Arts District. Most of all, she's very happy at Booker T Washington PVA. So, what's not to like?!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
The teachers and staff are excellent. They communicate with parents regarding there childs progress. There is so much spirit and talent at Booker T. Washington. My daughter loves attending. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
The opportunities for the kids within the arts, the enthusiastic and encouraging staff, and the respect the students have for themselves and each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I have worked as a public school educator in three different districts, and at four different grade levels the past 15 years; the students, administration, faculty and staff at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts are incomparable! We have attained and earned a level of academic and artistic success that is beyond exemplary. Teaching at BTWHSPVA is not a job, it is a wonderful experience in sharing and active engagement in the process of learning!! Yours in Education, Mr. Brown

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
From the very first day, my son felt at home here. With all of the creative minds, artistic opportunities, and funky spirit, the atmosphere encourages such exploration and inspiration that the kids can't help but succeed! Thank you BTWHSPVA!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
BTWHSPVA is a school where our kids are encouraged and supported to be who they are, and to powerfully step into their talents and abilities through both the arts and through academics. It's a place where the kids, the teachers and even the parents want to be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
As a parent of four grads, grandparent of a current freshman and member of the school's Advisory Board, I have had many years of volunteer experience with teachers, administration and students. This is a great school dedicated not only to perfecting the talents of the individual student, but also to creating an appreciation of the arts. The administration emphasizes integration of arts into academic curriculum. Within the school is an accepting envirionment that nurtures young artists and teaches valuable life lessons regarding acceptance and respect. The school is nationally recognized for its many award-winning performing students and visual artists. Every year millions of scholarship dollars are awarded to Booker T. Washington graduates. In 2001 the Advisory Board embarked on an unprecedented private/public partnerhip and capital campaign in 2001 to build a new facility adjacent to the original historic school building. In 2007 the new school was opened and is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District with performance centers and museums within walking distance. Booker T. Washington is our family's favorite school as evidenced by the fact that we now have a second-generation student attending!

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2009
Booker T is an exceptional school both artistically and scholastically!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
I love the teachers, the environment downtown, the freedom for students to be themselves, the level of artistic training, the commitment of administration, the beautiful new building, the opportunities after school and most of all the way my children don't want to miss a day for any reason!! They want to go to school and do their best! I am so grateful for Booker T!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
This school nurtures our city's youngest, most talented teens to become whoever or whatever they want to be. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
An amazing place that values each child and their education. One of the very best!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I love BTW because the school provides a great academic setting and lets the love of the arts shine. Students are able to flourish in their speciality areas and also in their studies.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
What a grea place to have a student who is interestedin the Arts !

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
...because my daughter loves what the school offers in Theatre, and she blooms!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
The teachers care and the students excel!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
My kid actually can't wait to go to school every day! That place is incredible. It raises the bar and the kids thrive. What more could you want?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
It has an incredibly strong academic program and the best art teachers in the Dallas Independent School District.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 09, 2009
Booker T. Washington HSPVA has a unique committment to their student's future in the arts. We looked at many schools for our daughter before allowing her to audition for BTW. No where else did teachers come out of their classrooms to welcome us and explain their passion for the arts and for helping students realize their dreams. So many of the teachers were in these same student's shoes themselves and their desire to nurture tomorrow's artists is nothing short of extraordinary. I wish I had attended a school like BTW when I was in high school...!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
This school provides a safe, supportive venue for children to follow their dreams. The teachers, classes offered and diversity of the population send the message - You can do ....be...anything! It is one place where color, language, income level, background ....doesn't matter. Only your talent and dedication to your craft.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
The kids truly act like going to this school is a privilege, and the teachers truly feel like teaching here is a privilege. I hope this type of school can be used to improve schools everywhere. The students are given a chance to learn at a professional level about things they love to do (arts in this case), and therefore work harder at everything else. It's really tough, most of the kids are at school working on their arts until 9 at night, and do homework afterwards. But they love it, and we love them. What a great idea... now it's time to make basketball magnets, and video game design magnets, and mechanics and design magnets, and structural design magnets, and creative writing magnets, and movie-making/special effects magnets, and anything else we can think of.... give this experience to every kid, everywhere.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 09, 2009
Booker T. Washington High School lets students explore their passion for the arts. They can gain the confidence they need there for the rest of their lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
kids celebrate their uniqueness and are self motivated with support from faculty

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Booker T Washington in Dallas is an incredible place for young minds to develope the talents and academic skills for a carrier in the ARTs and other disciplines. 99% graduation rate, 97% to higher education with outstanding contributions to the world upon graduation. Its the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington HSPVA is simply a school that makes kids glad about life and prepared for life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington is truly the greatest school on earth. Every kid here feels privileged to attend a school where they can concentrate on their talent instead of spectating at a sporting event that is so prevalent in 95% of other high schools. You have no idea what it does to a child's esteem to be where they belong. Our principal is in a class of her own. She aligns herself and is totally approachable by students, staff, parents and visitors. So is the principal, so is the school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The people here are great. We have a great teachers and leadership and everyone here seems to care about there future. I had so many opportunities that I would have never have gotten any where else.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This Arts Magnet school has a top-notch faculty with several PhDs. Their Dance Faculty is fabulous and they often bring in Master teachers from all over the world. They emphasize collaboration among the arts! In addition, the school offers challenging academic classes with many AP options. I love the new principal and the new facility in the heart of Dallas's renewed Arts District. The energy at the school and the vibe from the Arts District mix to make a beautiful experience for my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love my school because the teachers make learning fun. I am able to further my violin and music studies more than at a normal high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Is our first year at Booker T. both my daughter & I love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
BTWHSPVA provides a magical environment where excellence is taught in both arts and academics.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing and Visual Arts is, hands down, the best school any of our children have attended. Our daughter, a freshman Theater student, is actually sad when the weekend comes around! It has got to be the most supportive, challenging, diverse, exciting, wonderful high school in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
A place where the most talented students get to work on their art in a great environment that is rich in rigor, relevancy and problem solving. Truly a jewel in DISD

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. is a fabulous place to train for a broad spectrum of careers. There is not such thing as a starving artist if you have knowledge and perseverance.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 08, 2009
amazing students who rock!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
It is a safe environment to work in, students are great at their art and it is amazing to see their work. The staff is very corteous and the parents are truly supportive of us.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 08, 2009
Can there be a finer Arts school, a finer principal, a finer staff, a finer location? No no no! It is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I am a volunteer mentor at Booker T. Washington. This school gives talented students the training and discipline to be successful in a wide variety of careers. This school rocks!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
The love and respect the students have for each other is unique. Each one know that the other is capable of something great and encourages them to find the greatness within themselves.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Not only is Booker T Washington SPVA Magnet one of the best performing and visual arts schools in the country, but the academic education that the kids receive is on par with the best and the students are encouraged to take advanced classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Love being a mentor there; it's the highlight of my week. the students are so special in every way.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
They are the most dedicated teachers and students I've ever had the opportunity to know. They offer students of any economic level the opportunity to explore their art, whatever it may be, and learn from some of the best teachers in the nation.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
I love Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts because the academics are emphasized and offered at the highes levels in addition to the arts. The school offers amazing opportunities to students willing to work hard in their field of talent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
There is such an energy and spirit of creativity at Booker T. that you can feel it the moment you walk in the doors. The students are so smart and so creative they take my breath away, and so cooperative, kind, and caring they give me hope for the future every day.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
Great school and extremely talented students and teachers!

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2009
Booker T is the most magnificent experience for a student and parent. The teahcers are amazing and our principle, Tracey Fraley is a visionary leader.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
This is an exceptional school, giving kids an added edge for their college career & future endeavors, in both performing/visual arts and academics. Truely a creative/learning atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
My daughter loved it, made excellent grades and made her way into Berklee College of Music with a significant scholarship! A perfect place for artists and dreamers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
BTW is one of the most kid-centered high schools in Dallas! All of the adults are there to help the students succeed in a highly competitive field- the arts. The kids are very focused on learning and growing as artists, and the energy in the school is palpable from the moment you walk in the door.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington is a model for how the world could be if everyone followed their creative passion. Every time I step foot in the school or attend a performance I am inspired and uplifted by the energy. While the talent of the students is amazing, it's the heart that makes it such an incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
It is the best school ever! I am so jealous that my daughter gets to go to this awesome school. I would've loved going to a school like this!! Performing arts are the focus, but academics are just as important and every child has the freedom of expression.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The students learn to be creative problem solvers and love the learning enviornment created by the teachers and staff. No matter what time of the day I go in the school or pass by there are students dancing, playing thier instuments, rehersing, drawing. It is wonderful to see such enthusiasm.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
My daughter has had a life changing opportunity by studying theater and drama along with great academic courses. Her passion and success in this enviornment justifies her applying to very prestigious universities to continue this challenging but stimulating education.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Stellar arts, academics... Talented kids... Amazing teachers and principal!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Phenomenal school with incredible faculty, students, and parents. A close knit community that believes in creativity being the basis of all big ideas. Wonderful artistic and academic preparation for life. My girls both graduated from BTWHSPVA and I could have asked for no better experience for them. They are both pursuing BFA's at a great university!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
What an amazingly supportive culture at BTW! The teachers nurture creativity...in both the arts and the academics.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Great opportunities, great teachers, great students, great facility, what's not to love

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
It was an amazing high school experience nothing else like it. It is one large family.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
The school provides a vibrant, high-energy learning and performing environment that challenges every single student. Best arts programs anywhere--check out all the awards--and top-notch AP classes too. Teachers love teaching at Arts and the kids love being there. That makes for a pretty great place to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The students are encouraged to grow and express their creativity, rather than being suppressed and forced to be like everyone else. When you visit the school you feel the difference...you see students practicing dance in the halls, at lunch people actually 'jam' and experience a once in a lifetime chance to be completely themselves.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
The programs that the students have the opportunity to work with are amazing. They are able to work with professionals in their field which is very unique for a high school student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
This school is filled with amazing and talented students taught by the best of the best. These teachers have traveled abroad and choose to come to Booker T to teach our children fine arts. The teachers work tirelessly, regularly until 9 in the evening so that our children can learn their craft well. If I have a question, teachers take the time to respond and offer tutoring daily for students who have questions. The communication from the administration is stellar! I have been a parent in a top-rated local school district for years and have not had this type of individualized attention. We are so fortunate to have our child chosen for this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This school is unbelievable!!! It provides a highly proactive environment for high school students striving to achieve their goals! Come see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
It allows kids to be themselves and to discover their world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
What an awesome environment !! Location !! Faculty !! Local Support and Pride !! My daughter is not only getting the very best Visual Arts education, but every chance to excel academically and try other areas of the arts - Music, Dance and Theatre.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
First year and could not be happier! The energy is as unique and wonderful as the students, teachers, and administration. We feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The teachers and students at BTWHSPVA are dedicated to excellence. The support provided to the students of this top high school allows each student to develop talent, academics, spirit, skills. There is no better high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T gives students a chance to be who they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I am a parent of a Junior at BTW and she loves her school. It had a small student population and the teachers are wonderful. They give the students lots of room for self-discovery that is a key part of learning in addition to the academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
This school has the most gifted students in the world. It is always a treat to see them perform.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love everything about the school. The teachers are truly committed, the students are exemplary and everything about the place is inspiring, not only to the school community itself but to the entire city of Dallas.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Both my kids went to Booker T They thrilled and went on to Michigan and Carnegie Mellon with scholarship for excellence. Thye love it. They love visit ing and I loved volunteering. I still do even though they are gone

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Both Academic and Artistic Clusters are Outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington HSPVA is a school of creativity, compassion, learning, creating, dreaming, singing, dancing, acting, painting and anything else you can imagine! There is no judgment and everyone gets to be who they want to be which, to teenagers, is the best thing possible for us. To let us express ourselves in whichever way we choose. Booker T. provides each and every student with the best knowledge of our main interests whether it be music, theatre, dance, or visual arts. Also, along with the arts, it provides us with excellent academics which we proved by obtaining a blue ribbon status. My school is like my second home. Without Booker T. I would feel hopeless and lost with my life. I am so lucky I found Booker T. and incredibly proud to go there. 'Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.' ~Stella Adler

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington provides an inspirational environment for kids who chose to harness their creative talents, and stimulates any visitor to pull for the future success of all the wonderful talent that graces those halls. I am constantly amazed at how special Booker T really is, and I am happy to vote for them and promote their excellence!!!

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2009
It is awesome and very dedicated to the arts and academics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! art is greatttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
My daughter loves going to school at BTW! Is she a teenager?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Besides all the talented and gifted students that attend Booker T., I love the fact that we are very accepting of differen types of people whether it is difference in race, culture, social class, beleifs, etc., we all tend to get along.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Coming to this school has to be the best choice I've ever made! It lets me express myself and my creativity! I love ARTS!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
I love booker t because its a very free and safe environment to learn and express ourselves and we accept each other for who we are. Its fun and Im excited for school each day.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T. is amazing because of the dedication in both the students and the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love that the students have a safe, accepting, nurturing place to express their creative gifts...be truly themselves...and have a fun, enjoyable time learning..BTW has some wonderful, caring teachers and staff members that truly take an interest in the students as individuals...Our family is blessed to be a part of this school community....

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Words cannot describe this school. You really have to go there and see and feel it for yourself. This school saves kids' lives, both physical and emotional, and it brings out talent like you cannot believe. It is the best.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2009
Booker T. Washington is a high school full of true artists who love what they do. The students, teachers, and staff set an atmosphere that makes me love to live.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 08, 2009
This school opens up doors I never thought possible. It has shown me the talent of kids across the nation brought to one place so each and everyone of us can help and inspire one another. As a freshman, the school took me with opened arms and made me part of a one big family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
I love Booker t because everyone knows were the best! And we are what people think of first when someone mentions disd. We are hated by others schools because they know were better than them. Pegasus pride!!!!!!!! 4 arts one school one goal to be something better in life go go go go go go booker t, we have the best teacher any student could ever wish for and the best principal in the country, this is not a good school it is an awsome school were one can express itself free with no one making fun of what you are and what you do!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Booker T is the school every kid wishes to attend and every parent wishes they had. It is too amazing for words! Like 'Fame' revisited...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Everyone there wants to be there and works hard to succeed. They support each other and don't judge each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
As a parent who is new to this school this year, I am impressed by the focus of the students, and dedication of both students and teachers to the school, and to their individual craft. I suspect that, because students have to audition and work hard to be admitted to (and stay in) this school, you are far less likely to see students squandering the learning opportunities available to them here.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Im a sophmore at BTW and I LOVE IT! This is the place to be for arts. The teachers are wonderful, we have awsome activities. Im in visual arts and you'll be amayzed at the things you'll get to do just in your freshman year. From painting and sculpture, to ceramics and jewelry, plus many more. I really love it and the best part, no one judges you. You feel at home. Best school EVER!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2009
Booker T. is an awesome school. I learn so much in the arts and it's academic studies are great. But it's the students choice if they want to learn or not. Dont blame the teachers, there wonderful (with a few exceptions like no other school) But they are great and there hands on. All kids have there fav and least fav teachers. So dont be to harsh. It is an amayzing school to graduate from for your career. I know graduates who work for Abrecrombie and Fitch and they design their clothing and plenty others. The other students are great and you just fit in!

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 10, 2009
I love me school!!! It has challenged me in many ways and prepared me for the real world. Everyone is so loving and the atmosphere is so welcoming. It's a place where my heart feels like it's in it's righteous place and my imagination is free to go wild.

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2009
oh em gee! Booker T. is such an awesome school! It's one of those schools that make you feel accepted and happy to go to school Everyday...its a 'Dream Booster' school! iLove Booker T!

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September 24, 2008
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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
BTW has had a tremendous influence on our daughter. She was always a strong academic student, but this year as a freshman she won more music competitions than ever before on the city, region, and state levels. Her self confidence has grown tremendously and she seems full of joy for school all the time. The faculty is amazing. They know these kids are focused on their arts and they bring arts into all of the classes. She is very driven to please her teachers and practices and studies constantly without reminders from her parents. We could not be more pleased with our experience at BTW (and she comes from Plano ISD which is an absolutely outstanding school district.)

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2008
We Love BTW, it is not a perfect school however, we love it anyway! The school could be more efficient if it were more organized: 1. Communication to the parents 2. Information on a thru z in a central location would be helpful 3. A school news letter and or any current events listed on the web page , would be most helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2008
I thoung this school was perfect for my child. She loved being there, and never again did I here her asking not to go to school because of unfinished homework or because she was 'sick'. This school has also provided her with an amazing dance background. She has improved more in one week then it took her to in two months when just going to her studio. She has also met a lot of new friends who she is associated with through dance and school so they can relate to each other about many things. Over all my daughter and I loved this school!!

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April 04, 2008
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March 31, 2008
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February 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2008
Best school for my son. He has complete freedom in learning all art forms, as well as honing his theatre skills greatly

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
Brooker T. is a great school I think they fall down in the administrative and academic areas changing schedules, changing teachers, (your teacher not been at school for weeks on end) having to combine classes and inconsistant teaching standards etc. This is very hard for the kids and parnets. The politic's and the power struggle between teachers are horriable. If it could be ran like an Art's High School and not a regular high school it would be great. But all that been said it's a great school and the kids are amazing.

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November 28, 2007
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November 21, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 08, 2006
We transferred from the Duncanville School District to be in a smaller school. She loves being a student at Booker T. Washington because the opportunity for expression and creativity has been easier than if she were at her home school. Accademically, however I believe the expectations are not as high. I have been pleased with the exposure to the Arts, yet I would have liked more of a comprehensive education challenging areas that would make the transition to higher education easier. Taking dance classes for P.E. requirement has given us another option she would not have had at her home school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
This is such a great school... if you like music and artsa

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January 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2006
Don't be scared by the move to Nolan Estes. It's temporary. The new building will be fabulous, first rate! These are talented kids and dedicated faculty. If your child has a passion for the Arts, there is no reason why they can't learn to fly at Booker T. Opportunities for involvement in their discipline abound. For more information, look up the PTSA website: www.btwhsPTSA.org

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
School Board shut down school in middle of year for 'upgrade' of facilities; moving students to a former shopping mall 8 miles away before renovations were completed on the temporary home...paint fumes are everywhere along with bad air quality from the ongoing construction. Your eyes burn, students are coming down with breathing problems...throats closing, etc. Classes can't meet because classrooms are don't so they have them moving boxes and unpacking. Worse situation I have ever seen. Move was made despite hundreds of parents, students and teachers protesting. School board doesn't care that they put students health in danger. Not improving after second week in new facility. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

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October 31, 2005
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October 27, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2005
My family moved from another city so that my daughter could attend Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. We have found amazingly dedicated teachers, students who have an incredible attitude (they all earned the right to be there through audition) and a legacy that is unparelled in any high school and most universities in America. The school itself has won 11 Gammy's for recordings it has done and has Alumni that have made it big in the professional world among who include: Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Roy Hargrove. Julliard holds auditions for the southwest every other year and some of the stories we have heard about how top 'arts' colleges recruit there would blow anybody's mind. We are ecstatic to be at this school. The only reason the principal leadership is low is due to the interim principle the school currently has.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Academic programs are borderline. Amazing music and art program.

- submitted by a former student
August 04, 2005
The strange thing may seem that although the school is supposed to be composed of students and teachers and parents devoted to the arts and to education, it all seems to be a choice. Which, depending on the student, may or may not be a bad thing. For example, I've heard my child's friends say, 'It's not hard to pass, it's just hard to get good grades.' Academic excellence IS a choice, as is excellence in the arts, as is parent involvement, as is good teaching. The math, foreign language, and social studies departments are hit or miss, the English department is superb, and the science department is adequate. Naturally, the arts teachers really know what they're doing. Other options for extra curricular activities are slightly limited, for example, there are no sports or sport-like activities, but tehre are regular camping trips and NHS. Freedom of choice: the bottom line.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
I went to Art Magnet and took Dance ,it was a great time for me. I was the a Tempest in the Nut cracker for 2 Summers, I miss all my classmates and I want my children to have this in there life. The academic course was exceptional. I had academics in the morning and spent 3 hours in Dance class. Mrs Transvant and Mr. Milton were my picks I loved them so much. Talent scouts came out to school plays that's how I was chosen for the play and made money while doing what I loved Dancing. The class consisted on about 15 students each, the 1st hour was Ballet, 2nd hour was Modern & Jazz, the 3rd hour was Jazz and testing. My sister was in Drama, she writes plays now, there's also Music and Art there. I look forward to my own child attending Arts Magnet.

- submitted by a former student
June 09, 2005
Of couse we all know that BTWHSPVA is great when it comes to the availability of exceptional arts programs. But the academics are terrible. I am a graduate from 2000, and I just graduated from college, and ARTS did not prepare me at all for college. I wish I would have had better academics with more stict teachers.

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April 08, 2005
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March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 09, 2004
I'm not a parent, I'm a former student, and I would not have chosen to go anywhere else. I have no regrets, and I do not feel that any other high school in Dallas would have prepared me for life with such and open mind and high standards for myself. I'm sure things are a little different now, things always change, but this school is still awesome. If you're looking for a place with the focus in the right places, academics and self-discovery instead of athletics or other pointless activities, this is it for you. I really miss it.

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September 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
Booker T is a great school in almost any arts curriculum, although I'm still amazed that they do less plays than the non-magnet schools. Where they fall down is in the administrative and academic areas-- changing schedules, jerking kids around in mid-term, changing teachers, inconsistant teaching standards, homework, etc. A little attention in these areas would greatly improve the situation.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
Booker T. is a great place to learn. There are many after school activities and various student clubs and organizations. All teachers there are wonderful and encourage students to do well. Students always feel safe and like they fit in with their peers.

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Booker T Washington Spva Magnet
2501 Flora Street, Dallas, TX  75201
(972) 925-1200
Last modified Booker T Washington Spva Magnet is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Booker T Washington Spva Magnet Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 216 reviews.