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School for the Talented and Gifted

Public | 10-12 | 246 students

 

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Posted September 16, 2009

The dedication of the teachers and staff. They are willing to work with their exceptional student body to get the highest effort from the each of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It's the #1 school in the nation according to newsweek!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Our school has been picked by Newsweek Magazine for being the Number One Public High School In America for 3 out of the last 4 years!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

It is a collection of some of the best teachers in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This school gave me a wonderful community in which to learn and to have fun 'being nerdy,' as well as an excellent foundation for college. I graduated in the spring of 2009 with a great scholarship for my first choice school- full tuition plus stipends- and a lingering fascination in the world around me. I worked very hard, but TAG was a very supportive environment in which to do this. TAG, and more importantly the faculty, students, and administration found at TAG, gave me numerous opportunities to explore many different subjects and in fact encouraged this with their liberal arts philosophy. It was one big family, and my time there was very rewarding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Because it consistently celebrates kids who work hard to excel
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My high school's rigorous, challenging schedule allowed me to receive a full tuition scholarship to Texas Christian University. I was able to enter college with 23 credit hours, and was more prepared for the academic rigor of college than any other student I encountered in my beginning years. I was surrounded by other students and teachers who were equally as motivated as myself, which only drove me to work harder and become a more well-rounded student. I would not be half of the college student I am today without the preparation and study skills that TAG instilled in me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

It has the best teachers, best atmoshphere, and the best students!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

TAG has the best staff, teachers, and students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are fantastic. More kids from our school get into top colleges than from any other school in Dallas. The campus has a great, diverse student body, and a small personal atmosphere. This is the school you wished you had gone to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love TAG because the school community is small and intimate with approximately 220 students and 16 faculty. Everyone, adults and students, get to know each other academically and socially. The students graduate with lots of scholarship money which is incentive to them and helps their parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Students are empowered to learn and are challenged by great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

TAG provides an education as well as a family for students. Students have the opportunity to acquire solid foundations in all subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is a place where students want to learn and teachers want to teach. The atmosphere is simply electric. We work hard, but always remember to have fun along the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The School for the Talented and Gifted is a unique experience that has significantly changed my life. As a senior, I look back on the amazing things I learned which have made me not only academically superior across the nation, but have really given me the life skills to be successful. The teachers LOVE what they do, and find creative ways to teach us the subjects that they are passionate about. Although this is a public school, its small size gives it a private school atmosphere, which allows the one-on-one attention that fosters strong academic success. Teachers go out of their way to get to school early and stay after for tutoring sessions. This school is too phenomenal for words to express, and truly molds teens into successful adults. It has been a remarkable journey!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Newsweek rates TAG as America's #1 high school! The teachers care about the students and the students here love to learn. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The School for the Talented and Gifted offers a wide range of educational opportunities and some of the most amazing teachers you'll ever encounter. There are a plethora of AP courses to choose from, and it's not uncommon for Seniors to take eight or nine AP classes. The academics are, assuredly, phenomenal. But the community is the best part. The teachers are helpful and supportive and genuinely love their students. Students visit teachers to chat more often than to ask for help. And because the school is small, individual classes are very tight-knit, and very friendly. There's a lot of love between grades as well, especially when it comes to homework. It's a very collaborative environment, and anyone and everyone is happy to help when there's a problem. Students graduate with a solid, well-rounded education and good social skills, and enter college well-prepared for whatever might come at them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The school is small and has a very nurturing atmosphere. TAG has teachers who respect students and love to teach. The students are motivated to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Smart teachers, smart kids, awesome principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I now attend Yale University as an Electrical Engineering major. This fact would not be possible without the constant efforts put forth by the faculty and staff at the School for the Talented and Gifted. The teachers were always there for me to give me the extra help I always needed, and Mr. Satarino was always there to give his wonderful advice and leadership.
—Submitted by a student


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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100%
Social Studies

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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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2012

 
 
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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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2010

 
 
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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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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

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White100%
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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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100%

2012

 
 
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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.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

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.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
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.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
World History

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
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

Algebra I

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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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Asian100%
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented98%
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Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

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Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
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English II Writing

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English III Reading

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English III Writing

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Geometry

All Students100%
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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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
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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%
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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
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World History

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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%
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Proficient in English100%
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Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Giftedn/a
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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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