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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Booker T. is the best in academics and the arts. Who could ask for more in a school?!
Great teachers, staff. Kids of diversified backgrounds. Lots of openness!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
We love the diverse and creative atmosphere. Teachers, students, administrators and parents are all enthusiastic about being there.
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.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a fabulous school!
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