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4505 Ridgeside Drive
Dallas, TX 75244

(972) 502-6200
(972) 502-6201
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September 10, 2013
My daughter is currently a freshman at W T White. So far her teachers have been very helpful. She is in the Academy of Engineering at the school and is loving it. Her counselors have been very helpful in changing her schedule to allow for after school sports. She is taking mostly pre AP courses, all the students in these classes are committed to study and participation. There is a very strong PTA and Dad's Club. There are students at the school who do not care, however it is easy to take the more challenging courses and be around a large core group who wants to succeed and enjoy attending High School.

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2013
School is OK Counselor horrible. Dr. Washington is very disrespectful Daughter hates having to go talk to her for required stuff HORRIBLE

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2012
The school is okay, but I have never met such a rude counselor in my life. Counselors should make you feel welcomed and should WANT to help you, but, Dr. Washington does the complete opposite. She should not be working at schools with students, especially not as a counselor.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2012
W.T. White is now home to the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. The first year (2011-2012) started with 47 students. The second year has almost 140 students. They have 3 theatre teachers, 4 art teachers, 2 choir teachers, an orchestra teacher, a band director and his assistant, and 2 dance teachers. This is a great program! 1st year students are required to take a Humanities class along with their arts specialty. The Humanities class is a study of the evolution of the arts from Egypt to present.

- submitted by a teacher

May 31, 2012
My time at W.T.White was great! The teachers were caring and would help anyone that took their time in bringing an issue to their attention. The courses taken were demanding and kept us focused. The Principle and Asst. Principles were kind, but strict. If there were ever any issues regarding discipline, they would be addressed. I would never change my time here.

- submitted by a student
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May 11, 2010
I am sorry your time at W.T. White was not a good experience. To have three children graduate means something was done right. As a comprehensive urban high school we have urban concerns. Gangs are an unfortunate part of the reality, but they do not rule the school. Your perception is skeweed, because if gangs did rule the school I am sure you would have exercised the option to transfer your daughter to one of 22 other schools in the district. Our ratings exemplify the efforts of 220 staff and teachers who excel daily with an academic focus. The comment of most would mean a majority of more than 51% and to me 80% would be a fair assessment, but once again this is based on perception. You are welcome to come by my office and speak to me in regards to you and your daughter's concerns, Mr. Riddick

- submitted by a community member

May 09, 2010
I am amazed at the high ratings this school receives. i am finally graduating my third and last child from this school. The principals are extremely unfair and misguided. They have their favorite students, who they coddle. They allow gang members to rule and run the school. A hall monitor constantly hit on one of my daughter daily. She told one of the principals, and she said 'he was only joking' and then ignored her. i will say most of the teacher's are really great, but that only includes 51% of the teacher's are adequate. i rate the school a 1 and a half stars.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2009
the student there are amazing as well as the teachers. my fav is mr. durr he should be a congressman thats how nice he is.

- submitted by a student

January 22, 2009
WT White High School has great teachers which have so much patience with the students, and they have such great discipline also.

- submitted by a parent
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May 27, 2008
This is my second child to attend W T White and over all I can say this is a wonderful school. We have experienced 2 principals and both are good. The current principal has an open door policy and is always there to listen to students and parents concerns. As with every school there are a few teachers that in my opinion should not be teaching per their attitudes and the way they treat the students but over all the quality of the teachers and staff is above what I experienced 30 yrs ago in my high school. W T White is I school I would recommend to anyone and everyone. If you had to move for your child to attend White I would say MOVE. We did and are very happy we made W T White out choice for our children's education. Marty R

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2006
I am currently a junior attending W.T. White High School and have had a very interesting 4 years so far. I am taking all advanced classes and am extremely challenged in most academic aspects. I am involved with theatre, key club, golf, french club, and I am also currently on the debate team which has a fanominal coach, and dedicated students. However I think that there needs to be more diversity within the school. I also believe that there is parent involvement but just not quite enough. However everyone is really nice and accepting of everyone. It is a pretty good school overall.

- submitted by a student

August 04, 2006
I have hosted 4 foreign exchange students who have attended White. All have had a good experience. THey have made friends of all races from all countries. They have uniformly commented on the caring teachers and good learning environment. One girl went to a very prestigious private school in Tokyo and thought that academically White was well ahead of her school, especially in the sciences and requiring critical thinking skills. I can't wait til my younger kids can go there!

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2006
Great Great School to send your kids to. We love the level of attention our kids get

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2005
WT White is the best education bargain in Dallas. As a public school, it offers as many or more AP courses as the private and magnet schools in the area. It was rated a top 100 school by Newsweek for 2005. It has a diverse student population and offers a full slate of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. This combination of excellent academic programs and the full high school experience drew us away from a magnet school and is a wonderful alternative to expensive private schools. For more information about the school, visit the PTSA website at http://www.wtwhitehs.org.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2005
W.T.White High School is a very...under hyped school. The staff is really nice and go out of their way to help students who need help. I love this school.

- submitted by a student

February 19, 2005
The students are spray painting walls of private homes. It is time for school uniforms, involved parents, supportive teen activities, longer school days in terms of hours, and longer school semesters. The objective being to use the time to teach teenagers their civic responsibilities. Teenagers here have lost a sense of their identity and interdependence upon the social structure.

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2004
My son just graduated and took 12 AP classes while at White. I was amazed at how hard the classes were, and my son still continued to take them because they were more interesting and challenging to him. The teachers are great and the Principal puts in many hours keeping a good staff and supporting them. I could have paid a lot of money for private schools which we had looked at, but would never have had my son as challenged as he was at White. He is very prepared for his college years ahead.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2004
W. T. White is wonderful. As a sophomore, our son has already taken 4 Advanced Placement courses and passed those College Board exams. I have compared White's AP course listing to the websites of the area private schools. I was astonished to discover that White offers 22 classes. That s more than St. Mark's, Hockaday, ESD & Ursuline (19 each), or Trinity Christian and Jesuit (13 each). Our administration is demanding yet very caring as are its teachers and coaches. Unlike some schools, athletes can easily participate in three sports. The best aspect of White is the diverse student population. We share a building with special education students, some of whom are mainstreamed in some classes. In addition to black, white, Hispanic and Asian, many students are foreign born and learning English for the first time. These wonderful kids have broadened my world perspective and taught my child the value of individuals.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
I am greatly impressed with the dedication of most of teachers in maintaining academic excellence and the leadership/management of the principal. However, I would like to see more parents and teachers involvement.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2003
This is my first year at White and I was blown away! This school is great. My child is mainstreamed (She has a learning disability and is in the main classroom) and it is the only school we have attended that we had no problems with. They followed her IEP and even boosted her self esteem and challenged her to reach higher. All parents are encouraged to help out and there are many areas to do so. The school, PTA, Boosters keep in contact with all the parents by email and give many different areas to volunteer from the big to small. This school is a pleasure to visit and volunteer in. The students are well behaved and the hallways are not crazy and extremely loud. I would recommend this school to anyone with a high school student. I know Joy Barnhart and her staff are working to raise the test scores and if more parents would be involved with the kids at school and home I believe this would happen. Great School! Go Horns!

- submitted by a community member
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W T White High School
4505 Ridgeside Drive, Dallas, TX  75244
(972) 502-6200
Last modified W T White High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
W T White High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top