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School for the Talented and Gifted

Public | 10-12 | 246 students

 

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Posted September 17, 2009

great teachers, great students, great parents and the best principal!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Fantastic school very challenging!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

everything! the main building has the best view of the city skyline and it's very inspirational. every student seems fully engaged and focussed on their goals and as a result the atmosphere is exceptionally friendly and supportive. I don't know how they do it but somehow the teachers are able to get the kids to work very hard and enjoy it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love that TAG has the ability to be unconventional to an almost extreme degree, and still be repeatedly rated #1 by Newsweek. I think that stands as an extremely strong testimony to the level of devotion and love of learning possessed by both teacher and student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

TAG is not your stereotypical high school. Cliques are nonexistent and everyone is encouraged to have their own opinions. The teachers are more than teachers; they are also friends and mentors. I've heard so many people say that high school was the worst time of their life socially, and I always have to disagree with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It has a great environment. Everyone is so close-knit... it's like a family!! The teachers are great, the students are great... and the principal is amazing!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

TAG has the best teachers in the world!! They build relationships with the students and help them to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Dedicated teachers with high expectations for their students. Opportunities for learning that go beyond the traditional classroom.


Posted September 17, 2009

As an alumni of the Talented and Gifted Magnet, I am very proud to say that I attended the school. I started college as a sophomore, and had almost all of the basics done. I would not be the person I am today without having had attended the school with the support of the faculty, students and parents. I have always felt it is and was the best school in the country!


Posted September 17, 2009

Bright spot in Dallas education, deserving of funds that enable it to continue and flourish in contributing to the futures of intelligent young people with great potential. Proud to say I'm a former student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

It may be hard work but going to TAG will really pay off in the future(quite literally).
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

There are three things that make TAG a great School: Excellent Courses Fascinating Teachers And a friendly student body. I love TAG in that it's a unique school. It's challenging and prepares us for college. I love the teachers since they can really help you out and are excellent at preparing us for the AP Tests. The students at TAG are the best! You don't see kids dropping out of school here or cliques here either. There's no concern for popularity here. That's not important. The only thing that matters here at TAG are your grades. And we enjoy being weird ....and boy are we good at that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

Few schools have both teachers who are passionate about the subjects they teach and students who love to learn. TAG happens to have both, as well as rigorous courses that challenge students and help prepare them for their future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

It's a great environment for my daughter!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It starts with Leadership. With Mr Sarterino at the helm Tag is unstoppable
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

TAG Magnet made sure I was a well-rounded student, gave me the survival skills and competitive edge I needed for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Everyone brags about how dedicated the teachers are, how close we are to our classmates, and what a great environment this school is. All of that is most definitely true. You work hard - but you have fun. You work very hard - but you learn so much. Students at TAG grow by leaps and bounds, and there isn't a school in the world where I'd rather be. Each student wants to be there, and that shows whether we're discussing the political impact of current events or eating lunch. I've never met a group of more interesting, diverse, and talented people. TAG had so many opportunities, and everyone has a chance to explore them all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Caring teachers and administrators led by the fabulous Mike Satarino, TAG overcomes less art and sports and terrible commutes by providing great academics in a family environment. Outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are totally committed to the students receiving a great education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Public prep school with an understanding of the needs of gifted students and a faculty and staff who go above and beyond to help each and every student reach his or her potential, TAG has it all.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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

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

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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Math

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Science

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Social Studies

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

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

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Algebra II

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology I

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English I Reading

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
100%
English I Writing

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%
English II Reading

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
24%
English II Writing

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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14%
English III Reading

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

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English III Writing

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

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U.S. History

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

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World Geography

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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World History

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Algebra II

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Biology I

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Chemistry

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English I Reading

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English I Writing

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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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Gifted/talented98%
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English II Reading

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English II Writing

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Geometry

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Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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Physics

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World Geography

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

World History

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
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Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


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

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 25% 4%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Black 14% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 0%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:15 am
School end time
  • 4:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • Benjamin Mackey
Fax number
  • (972) 925-5901

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1201 E Eighth St.
Ste. 302
Dallas, TX 75203
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Phone: (972) 925-5970

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