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School for the Talented and Gifted

Public | 10-12 | 246 students

 

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Posted September 16, 2009

TAG is every student's dream for the ultimate opportunities of growth and nourishment of mind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

TAG affords it's students with an excellent college prepatory experience. Students recieve a quality education in the classroom with thee freedom of collegiate students. The TAG teachers really care for and nuture their students, which is why they go on to do so well at their respective colleges.


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are awesome!


Posted September 16, 2009

The faculty at TAG will be with you forever. People you meet at TAG will become friends for life if not part of what you consider your family. Life long connections are made here along with an education that is amazing and prepares you for most any learning environment make this school wonderful.


Posted September 16, 2009

It allows all its students to excell in all areas, and gives numerous college-credit courses. Coming from this school into any college nearly garuntees you a good, paid-for college tuition, from where you can recieve an excellent education, beginning abouve your classmates. TAG gives all its students a jump-start on life, allows them to follow their passion, and I believe it truly is the number 1 school in the nation (Newsweek: 2006, '07, '08)


Posted September 16, 2009

Dr. J and Mr. Martin are probably the best teachers in their subjects in the country. They teach at TAG.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers love to teach, the students love to learn and the principal,staff and parents support them all in this endeavor!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Best teachers, best philosophy, best teacher to student ratios. Hands down best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Helps the students to prepare for college. Prepares students to pass AP exams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Without TAG I have doubts that I would have been able to attend college with a full scholarship and form the bonds I did there. Both students and faculty form a family at TAG, one of which I'm still connected with and grateful for. At TAG I wasn't another kid...I was a learner and a teacher with all the support that I could have needed, something that I have come to appreciate dearly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

excellent teachers and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

TAG is an excellent school for college-bound kids who want an academically challenging high school experience. It has a great track record for passing AP exams, admissions to elite colleges, and scholarships awarded. The faculty members are extremely dedicated and caring. The student body is small but extremely diverse in every way -- race, nationality, religion, neighborhood and socio-economic class. Everyone gets along really well, including students, parents & faculty. The trade-offs are no sports program (some people would say this is actually an advantage) and some fairly long commutes from the far corners of Dallas ISD's huge district to TAG.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

As an incoming Junior at the Talented and Gifted Magnet, I couldn't want better. The teachers really help you on an individual basis and you have so many opportunities. One of the qualities, outside of the fabulous education, I admire most about TAG is the family-like atmosphere. Everybody literally knows or knows of everybody. The principal knows all 200 students by name and you each student graduates with a minimum of 10 AP courses, however it is usually around 14-16. To any student that really wants a challenge and a family-like atmosphere and the opportunity to go to nearly any college you wish, I would attend TAG.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2006

TAG was just named the #1 H.S. in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine. It is small but has an incredibly diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Great school, great teachers - the surroundings do harken to the 'inner city', but that is quickly overshadowed by the education offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

The academic program far exceeds any in the DISD. The student to teacher ratio is small and the students receive individual attention. The atmosphere is positive and the students are surrounded by a peer group that is motivated and has a desire to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2006

Excellent college prepatory school. Teaching is geared toward advanced placement tests. No sports; art and band programs are for the entire magnet center, not just the tag magnet.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 6, 2005

This school was ranked number one on TEEP'S top 100 high schools in the United States of America. I recommend this school to anyone looking to persue in a medical career of any kind. The courses are very challenging and prepare students for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This is an incredible school. It has been ranked as the best school in DISD, and, as a sophomore at TAG, I feel that this school has wonderful students and teachers.


Posted July 7, 2003

My son will be a senior at the Talented and Gifted Magnet High Scool in Dallas this coming school year. This was the best option for him as he is very bright and is adequately challenged by the AP Curriculum. The techers and staff are committed to the students, by being available both during the school year before and after school and during the summer for help with homework and summer independant study work. They are dedicated to the success of each student, focusing on the uniqueness of each individual and capitalizing on that for success. The staff and teachers know the students and their parents, and encourage parental involvement in all aspects of the students' activities.


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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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

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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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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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

 
 
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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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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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2012

 
 
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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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White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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Bilingualn/a

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%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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Physics

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World Geography

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Female100%
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Asian100%
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Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
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Gifted/talented100%
Not Giftedn/a
Bilingualn/a

World History

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Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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Gifted/talented100%
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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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