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6-8
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Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 1,036
Before care: Yes
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4001 Capitol Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

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June 03, 2014
One of the best schools in the Dallas area. The teachers are dedicated and really love working with the students. Unlike some of the magnet schools in Dallas, it is part of a neighborhood middle school so the students have access to all the sports, music, and clubs that a traditional school has to offer. My son was academically challenged and loved going to school. I had ample opportunity to get involved in things going on at school. They went on 5 field trips each year, there is a parent organization that supports the TAG program and regular PTA. We had a great experience!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
My still attending alex w. spence this will be my second year attendingmin the tag program i will be a 7th grader. I love the school the teachers are great and the only problem i have is that the two schools are mixed together and the cummunity kids are bad and annoying.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2013
I am currently attending Townview TAG, and I attended all three years of my middle school at Spence. Spence was the best school I ever went to, and this rating is way too low to actually show the potential and greatness of the school. I attended the TAG section, and I learned a lot. It was a fun and educational experience that I wouldn't give up for anything, and our score, in the TAG section, are much higher than shown on this website.

- submitted by a community member
November 29, 2012
I am currently a sophomore at Woodrow wilson attending the IB academy there. I went through all three years of middle school at Spence in TAG. Above all Spence taught me the world isn't just black and white, being mixed with the community school at first was rough and I will admit it was Never easy but i know it made me a better person. Aside from that I found my passion for the military here and I realized that when i apply myself i really am incredibly smart. All of the happened because of the great teachers that stood as role models and mentors for me and I am ever grateful.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2012
Spence TAG program isn't recognized or as acknowledged as Travis because they mix the TAG and community grades and scores together. So its as if we arent getting the appreciation we deserve. Spence TAG Rox!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2011
The TAG Academy is absolutely amazing. The teachers all like to have fun and actually care about whether you pass or fail. I've attended this school since sixth grade and now I'm an eighth grader. The reason they say this school sucks is because of the community school. They joined the community school and TAG academy into one, so our TAKS scores might seem horrible, but like I said above, the community school and TAG academy count as one. There are also many activities students can do there. If your child has good behavior and is hard working, I would recommend this school. I warn you that the community school makes us look bad.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2011
You can look at any school's TAKS scores broken down into what is referred to as "sub-populations." Go back to the screen on this site that says "TAKS Scores" and below it is says "TAKS Scores by Group." Click on that. It is broken down into every possible group including by gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special education, and, voila', gifted and talented.

- submitted by a community member
December 02, 2010
i chose soence over travis because of the diversity even though we are mixed with the community school it brings a great balance that travis doesnt have. everyon is friendly and welcoming i know a girl who went to travis in 5th grade and she hated it she told mre how spence makes her alot happier. though it may seem that are grades arent as high its only because they average it with the community school but overall the tag academy is just as good and maybe even better than any other academy.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 08, 2010
The teachers are always ready and available to help the student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2010
The Talented and Gifted program is a hidden gem in the Dallas Independent School system- There testing is not listed separately from the community school so looking just at "the numbers" will not give you an accurate view of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2010
the teachers willing to help students succeed in all of their subjects and are willing to help them

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
It offers my child and other children a great environment in which to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
My little cousin has learned a lot by attending this school due to the attention given by the teachers and the welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
Excellent teachers, excellent students and excellent school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2010
The school is great, my son learns a lot and the teachers are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
Alex W Spence TAG has wonderful teachers that care about children who care about learning and they are willing to go above and beyond to help them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2010
I love Alex W. Spence Tag Academy because the teachers are creative, fun, exprerienced, dedicated, and care about the students' academic achievement. I love Spence because my daughter loves Spence. The teachers make learning fun for the students so that the learning process is interesting to them. The staff is supportive and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
The school have very good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2010
Alex W. Spence is two educational programs (Talented & Gifted) and (Community) in one building, packed with involved and caring parents and students who want to make a difference. Our school is led by optimistic, caring, and student driven teachers, principals, and staff. I have never been attached to a school until my child came to the TAG Academy at Alex W. Spence Middle School and Academy for the Talented and Gifted. Progress is always in motion. Faculty and staff are ALWAYS looking for new ways to improve or build on the education. Parents are very involved, participate in clubs for students, keeps in contact with their childs teacher through Parent Portal, visits, e mail or calling. Teachers keep parents informed of their childs progress, upcoming events, activities or opportunities that could have an impact on their childs education. You could not ask for a more caring group of principals and assistant principals. Character counts in our school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2010
I love the diversity & challenging work my son does.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2010
because my son go there and it a great school to learn.

- submitted by a community member
April 12, 2010
Very Good School! They try there best to teach there students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2010
Alex W. Spence Middle School and TAG Academy has been a great expereince for my sixth grader and has lived up to all my expectations. We love and appreciate our top of the line teachers and staff. Parents.. here is your chance to make a difference. Middle School Children are eager for you to get involved. Your involvement will set an example not only for your child, but others who through you will learn to be active in their communities. Kids need mentors, motivators and examples!! You're it!! Good Luck w/ the TAKS Spence!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
iM Now an 8th grader at Spence TAG academy &i've been at Spence since the 6th grade. I truly Love this school and i advise parents to have their children go there. The teachers really do care about you and they will try to get you to be successful. the work is hard since you take Pre-AP classes but it's worth it. I chose this school over Travis because you will have a better middle school experience at Spence. I never regretted coming to Spence &im soo sad im at my last year there. I truly suggest considering this school.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
It's been one full school year at Spence TAG Academy...with a new 6th grader. It started out very challenging for my child and US.. but I soon learned the teachers are excellent and care about my child in everyway. The TAG students are wonderful, and my child loves this school. We don't do much with the learning center but are involved with FOA, which is a great orgainzation. I always get emails returned from every teacher quickly. The parents don't get involved as much as they should. The children deserve to have parents support. They are doing their part so it would be nice to see the parents do their part and support their kids more. I hope next year gets even better.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
Unfortunately the TAKS scores listed here are not just for the Talented & Gifted Academy kids WITHIN The Alex W Spence School. If the TAKS scores for the Academy kids were separated, you'd see 'Commended' and at or near 100% proficiency on every subject. In fact, these are the kids who are scoring 99th percentile on the ACT as 6th graders when they take the ACT for fun. These kids love to learn, and the teachers love to challenge. I'm very pleased we chose this Talented & Gifted DISD Public School over the other choice!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 04, 2009
I am the parent of a 6th grader at Spence Tag Academy and I am very happy she chose this school. I am so impressed that she is doing her core curriculum coursework at the high school level. She has an incredible selection of arts electives to chose from, including dance, piano, choir, drama and orchestra. Also, I have never met such a professional and dedicated group of teachers. If you are thinking about sending your child to the TAG academy, be aware that the TAG school qualifies for exemplary status based on its test scores. Parents are not always aware of this because for purposes of reporting, the grades are combined with the Spence Learning Center. Go to http://www.spencetag.com/taksscores2008 to see the fantatsic 2008 TAKS results for the TAG school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2009
My daughter is a 6th grader at Spence TAG Academy and she loves it. We live in Richardson and I have asked my daughter several times if she wanted to attend Apollo Jr. high next year and she said no. All of her teachers are wonderful and they have no problem with me emailing or texting them when I have a concern. Academically, my daughter is being very challenged and is already doing pre-algebra which is wonderful. She has no problem interacting with any of the students at Spence and that includes the Learning Center. As the old saying goes, 'you can't judge a book by its cover', well that goes for this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2009
We chose Spence TAG Academy over Travis for several reasons. 1) Superior in welcoming us, unlike Travis was. The principal, teachers, and other parents were ready and willing to accommodate every question and request we made when researching schools. I was encouraged to call and email them, and still am as a parent. 2) More arts classes than any other DISD Middle School, even the Arts Middle School, Greiner. My son is in an 8th Grade Advanced Piano class as a 6th grader. He'll be able to take French next year 7th grader and receive high school credit for it. 3) Academic contest participation. Spence TAG Academy supports and encourages their students in these endeavors. 4) These smart, responsible, motivated kids represent a real-world mix of people. They come together from their varied backgrounds and form friendships based on mutual respect and love of learning.

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December 13, 2008
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September 04, 2008
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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2008
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March 28, 2008
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January 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
My son attends Spence and we are very happy with the school. My son attended the Winston Science Fair this Saturday and he had a wonderful time. The teachers encourage my son and give him the extra help he needs. The principal and assistant principals are a strict, no-nonsense group, but I believe they care. Just take a look at the school! It's clean and bright. It's a school worth looking into!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 14, 2005
I believe this school is one of the most violent schools in the district. The school administrators have favorites and also sterotype students. I wouldnt reccomend any one send their child to their school.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2005
My Child attends a w spence and it has been a great influence on her personality and grades.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
Our child attends the Talented & Gifted Academy at Spence and we have been very pleased. There is a lot of interaction with the students who attend the community school which was very important to us. The teachers were exceptional! They were motivated, easily reached, and open to any comments or opinions we had as parents. Our child was involved in sports and drama and thoroughly enjoyed her experience in both. I think communication could have been better in some instances which would have allowed for more parental involvement but overall, we are very pleased with the education our child is receiving at Spence.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
The TAG Program is Great! But there is a Regular sch-class program. Instead of focusing on the TAG Pgrms its missing TLC on the regular students and teachers that deal w/these students. More Learning Field Trips, the same attention the TAG Prmg gets. I've notice the Counsler don't return ph Calls. And they need a Drug/Gang Teen Program. It needs More Parent Envolvement as a positive attitude to get throught that school. Sadly I'm forced to send my daughter there.

- submitted by a parent
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Alex W Spence Talented/Gifted Academy
4001 Capitol Avenue, Dallas, TX  75204
(972) 925-2300
Last modified Alex W Spence Talented/Gifted Academy is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alex W Spence Talented/Gifted Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top