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3001 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

(972) 794-7500
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December 08, 2014
I am a former student. I just graduated from Travis last year, and I couldn't have made a better choice than switching for 4th Grade. Some of the teachers are strict, some are controlling, but the education is second to none, and is beyond worth it. Students of all types come to Travis; a lot go on to TAG Magnet (the #1 high school in the US), and some go on to Booker T. Washington (a highly recognized arts magnet). In any case, the small size creates a strong bond between the students, and it becomes difficult to let go at the end of the 8th grade. 86 out of 88 students cry at the school's 8th Grade dance, which is the last time they see each other as middle school students. I couldn't reccomend a school more. Just remember, it won't be easy, but it's doable. It'll be worth it.

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2013
I had been at Travis since the 4th grade, and now i am a graduate from that school, attending Townview next year. It was such an amazing experience. Not only are you in the best school in the nation, but there you meet your best friends that you will never forget. Not only do you make friends, you create a family. You bond with one another so much, that when it is time to go, you cry and sob so much, especially at the 8th grade dance, trust me. The teachers are just so amazing. The classes are more challenging than the average school, but the teachers teach in such an understanding way. Yes, there is lots of homework, but you manage to do it and you get used to it. If you do attend Travis, make sure you enjoy every moment of it, cause you will miss it. Hope you attend!!

- submitted by a community member
May 16, 2013
Travis is a school for the academically gifted serving 4th - 8th grades. All students must be in the top 90% of their home school or testing just to apply which consists of a blind written essay. Parents show up at 5am to get their applications in on the first day usually sometime in January. Applying for 4th or 6th is the ideal w 4th all new and 6th adding 22 additional students. The fact that students are focused and parents are engaged makes this a wonderful learning environment. The school is in the heart of trendy Uptown district which makes taking the trolley to the many downtown museums a snap. This school teaches Project Based Education. Each grade takes a different topic and that culminates with each student presenting their research, usually in costume/character. Unlike other DISD schools the staff absolutely shows a love of teaching and generally treat the children and parents with respect. Being a part of DISD it sometimes suffers from tenure indifference. Often issues with teachers or staff are too difficult to correct given the system. PTA & School newsletter is very good. Most teachers could do better at using district program to post assignments and grades however

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2013
I've attended Travis for 4 years now and have a love/hate relationship with it. Some of the teachers are outstanding, while others are awful. I have one thing to say about the teacher's aid: pointless. They are way too strict and treat the children with no respect. My 8th grade friends tell me about the enormous homework load that they have consisting of 4-5 hours a night. That leaves no time to be a child and enjoy youth. Really, Travis? 4-5 hours?

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2013
My child has attended school here wrapping up on the fifth year and heading for high school. The school for the most part was good. However the 8th grade teachers with the exception of 3 have control issues. The office staff has one in particular that seems to have an issue , not very friendly nor accommodating.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
6th grade is a wonderful year, with fun teachers and engaging work that is manageable. 7th grade is also a great year, with teachers who care and some wonderful programs. Some of the school's excellent teachers have recently retired, but there are still many talented teachers. The 8th grade teaching team is also excellent, but the homework load stunts the kids' development in other areas. The school offers some neat extracurricular programs, but many kids cannot even dream of participating b/c the homework load is so intense. Some of the teachers simply do not care about the kids being able to have any free time to just be kids; instead, the homework, esp that of one of the teachers, is all about the teacher's ego/need to feel like an academically rigorous teacher, not about the kids' actually learning. The kids in 8th grade start to shut down b/c they are overwhelmed.

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2012
My sister and I both attended Travis all 5 years. I am now in my last year of high school and she is in college. The best word to describe our experience at Travis is disappointment. I made the best friends that I ever will there, but that was the only good thing. The teachers are the worst that I have ever had in all my years in school. Not only do they rarely teach but they treat the students terribly. I remember several occasions of the teachers telling us "shut up" and "duh." Maybe this unbelievable behavior is caused by their role model, the principal. She is rarely seen doing anything of use, and when she does it is simply for punishment or morning announcements. The dress code policy is ridiculously strict. My friend got suspended for 3 days for wearing a jacket that had a logo bigger than 3 inches. (it was the middle of winter) Both of my parents are in education and they were appaulled by the terrible faculty of this school. When entering high school I was unprepared for the real life. I was amazed that teachers could actually treat you with respect, and my classes are actually more challenging in a regular public school. I do not recommend attenung this school.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2011
I'm not a parent, but an anonymous, soon to be alumni. I go to Travis Academy and i am entering the 8th grade. My overall rating for the school is 4 out of a possible 5 simply because of some faculty issues, as always with students, although I will be unbiased for this review. Other problems include some false accusations from faculty, although they are only trying to make the school a better, more safe environment for both themselves and the students that they watch over and teach. If you are a student in grades 3-7, I would recommend applying to this wonderful, magnificent school. As a matter of fact, when I was in the fifth grade here, my whole class (as in grade) made 100% commended on the math TAKS test, which isn't very hard to do, due to our hard-working, diligent math teacher, who shall remain anonymous due to the regulations on this website.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2011
Travis is the best elementary and middle school in Dallas ISD (and, indeed, always ranked in the top 3 in the entire State of Texas). The principal is outstanding; the teachers are dedicated and caring; the kids are fabulous. You don't have to be a nerd to succeed here. This TAG school is challenging but we found that the kids rise to the high bar that is set. You will not find a better school in Dallas ISD.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
Great school! Great leadership and teachers! Some of the reviews sound like they are about another place. We have had nothing but a wonderful experience. The teachers and principals are all about education and not about stoking egos. Maybe that is why some of the negative comments. Evidently, their strategies work! The school has always been EXEMPLARY. Way to go Travis!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2009
I've been going to Travis since fourth grade and this year is my seventh grade year. Personally, I regret not going to a big middle school where I could face real-world challenges. Travis tries to shelter you from the real world which will eventually hurt us. But the academics are great, sometimes its an overdose, though. I've made the best friends, and I will always stay in touch with them.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2009
I have been attending Travis since the fourth grade and this is my seventh grade year. Personally, the school is wonderful in academics but I never really got to play the role of a normal middle schooler. We don't have a lot of dances, field trips or school outings. They shelter us too much here. That is why I am excited for highschool when I will find out what the world outside of Travis is really like. But overall, it is an alright school. I've learned a lot and I've made a lot of friends.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Wm. B. Travis is the best school academically for elementary and middle schoolers in the City and the price is right!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
I go to Travis,and i really hate how people blame the teachers on their kids not getting all A's like they did at their home school. Travis is a challenge and if your not ready to accept the challenge....why are you here? dont expect to get the same grades you did at your home school. the first few weeks you may get a b or a c on your report card. get over it. you will catch on. i got my first C at Travis that was the wake up call for me. The teachers dont sugar coat anything. thats what i love. theyr real. tey will tell you that if you dont get it kicked up a notch you will fail out of travis. People also say you dont have time for homework. nioope

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2009
Over all, it's a great school and you make the best friends in the whole entire world!!!!!! YOU WOULD NEVER FORGET THEM!!! My class of 2009 have become the best family there is!! Now going off to different magnet schools, like Booker T and Townview (Mostly TAG and SEM), and private schools, like St. Marks, Hockaday, ESD, and Ursuline, we will physically be separated. We will still keep in touch because we have had the bestest times together!!! I will mostly miss my Math Competition Teacher, Drama Teacher, and Band Teacher!!!! But most of al, I will miss many of my friends!!! You need to go to this school!!! It's a great experience!!!!

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2009
Travis is always where I've felt at home. Yes, there are flaws, but overall I love it. The teachers are funny, great people that try to help, and as a group my classmates are great. I've learned how to write reports, study, plan, and I've learned how to work hard and not procrastinate. The teachers try as hard as they can to help and make the classes challenging but fun. I will be very sad when I have to leave this great school.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
I've had two children go to Travis. One is now in college and the other in high school. Last year when I asked my daughter why she thought she was accepted at her Ivy League college, the first thing she said was 'Travis... They taught me how to study.' Travis is a no excuses kind of place that is for kids who are willing to put forth an effort. Teachers are good and sometimes unorthodox, and my kids thrived there. This place doesn't waste its time massaging parent egos, they prepare kids for college. In my experience at Travis, student problems arose when parents consistently made excuses for their kids. These parents always seemed to to blame the faculty and staff and not the comittment and work ethic of the student and parents. Both my girls learned a lot and had a great time at Travis.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
Travis is a hidden gem that is not so hidden anymore! The teachers are excellent and so is the leadership by the school's principal. Parent complaints generally center around a lack of communication from the school, which was historically a problem, but has been improved greatly in recent years. The kids actually seem a lot happier at Travis than do some parents. The school is very matter-of-fact and doesn't spend a lot of time praising parents for their high-scoring TAG kids, like home schools and some privates do. And the communication is not always the best. But the bottom line is that the kids develop excellent study habits, learn a great deal, and appear to have fun along the way.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
When our child got into Travis, our neighbors carefully said 'Well, if there is an issue, you can always go to the librarian; she is a good person'. We didn't think anything of it back then, but now, three years later, we know what they meant. There is just something odd about Travis that is hard to put a finger on. Maybe it's the distinctly bad vibes in the office? Maybe it's the attitude of some teachers ('you kids are smart, so we don't have to teach you, go figure things out on your own')? Maybe it's that the Principal thinks her principal function is to be invisible, except when she berates kids for minor violations of the school uniform dress code? Overall I'm sure Travis is a good school - some teachers like Ms. Oliver (science) and Mr. Colorado (math) are stellar. But others are not, and I think the way Travis presents itself at the annual Magnet Fair at Skyline is overhyped ('We're the best school in the nation! We're the best school in the nation!') In High School, our child met some old friends from Elementary who had spent their Middle School years at Dealey, where they had had a blast. And this is exactly what we did not have at Travis. And it was not that academics were too hard. They were not - it was something else. I wish I knew what it was.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2009
I go to Travis and all i have to say is wow. Travis has its flaws but to me it is a great place. When I went to public school I was called the ' smart kid' and i was always the outsider who got good grades but now i feel like a regular kid. I am around people who are as smart as me so i fit in except that I am a 6th grader and short. I think that all the teachers I have had are awesome. They find fun ways to do work and by the end of the day we got it down. This school is a must go to

- submitted by a student
December 29, 2008
Travis is challenging, but still it can't force itself but to focus on TAKS. Pre-AP classes should be about helping kids prepare for the Advanced Placement tests they will take and not always on TAKS- especially for a school that serves the gifted. From what my son says, this Ivy League school of DISD also seems to think you need to be a genius or of certain races to earn an 'A'. But overall, it's the best free education he's going to get in Dallas.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
My son completed the Vanguard program and is now in the Academy (6th - 8th grade). He has to work to maintain his 'A'average but he and his teachers, wouldn't have it any other way. The teachers are highly accessible and eager to help guide their students but they do not molly-coddle students or parents. Many parents believe their child is 'Talented and Gifted' and are upset when they have to work their butts off to survive an aggressive acedemic program. Welcome to the real world. Set the bar high and the kids will rise to it - some may struggle but all will learn. We love Travis but find it ever more difficult to support DISD. Allowing the State to break-up DISD is now a viable solution.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 28, 2008
Excellent School! They challenge the students and they performance above the expectations. Travis is the best school in Dallas and it is one of the top schools in USA. My daughter has been in Travis since 4th grade (she is going to 7th) and we are 100% sure that being part of Travis has increased her opportunities for succeed in life. Of course this kind of school requires a high level of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
Some of the teachers do not do their job. Then, they evaluate the students about a curriculum that they never taught. In addition, they do not represent the ethnicity of the students. Some of them are arrogant and inaccessible. Apparently, they have forgotten why they are in education. It is all about the students. The principal is inaccessible. It is easier to get an appointment with the DISD Superintend than with her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 12, 2008
This school has exceptional leaders, from the top to the bottom. It's all about preparing the students for their future! This school deserves 5 Star's. Darryl Matthews Sr

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2008
Our son is in his second year at Travis TAG Vanguard, and has just applied to be admitted to the Academy (middle school). He loves Travis and has been challenged by all his teachers, and particularly by his peers. Travis kids are motivated and smart. It is 'cool' to be an achiever at Travis TAG. Travis is more than just a great DISD school, or a great public school -- it is a great school, period.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
Great School!! Doesn't get any better than Travis!!

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December 11, 2007
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December 11, 2007
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December 11, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2007
I find Travis a warm, caring school from the Principal to the custodians. Student success is the center concern. Since top students are there they are expected to be sharp and put forth a lot of effort. That is what I and my children love about the school! There is no room for slackers. If your child needs to be challenged and prepared for college, this is your school! It has been the best experience for my children!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
Be careful what you wish for. When they call it the homework school, they are *not* kidding. Our daughter passed Travis 4th grade with all A's and B's (was 4.0 and TAG+ at her local school). By October of 5th grade, she was spending 3 hours daily doing homework. Add in a club or two and there is absolutely no time left for a social life, non-school activities, or even family time. She left Travis for 6th grade. They have the accelerated academic programs, but if you want your kid to have time to be a kid, I don't recommend it. Art is not offered for elementary except after school. No sports--PE was 'freetime'. Band was good. I really wanted a TAG school that would help her develop her gifts and explore new areas, but they just wanted her to work fast in every subject. Her.teachers.were.impatient.and.did.not.have.time.for.questions.or.problem.resolution. She.was.commended.on.all.3.TAKS.but.because.of.the.pace.her.grades.dropped.by.year.end.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2007
I think travis is a really great school, but don't expect it to be really organized beacuse it's not. I still go there and I have to say any flyers or notices about events tend to be sent home about 2 days before the event. There are a lot of really good things about though. For instance, students in the 5th grade or higher are allowed to participate in math competitions. The math club teachers truly love 'showing us off ' and are almost always teaching us new things that are at the level of kids 2 or 3 grades higher than our own. Overall, it's a really grear school!

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
I love Travis. I feel my children have truly excelled in academics during their four year period at this school. I highly recommend each and every teacher. The TAG program is truly exceptional and I think my kids are learning more in this short period of time than I did in High school. The curiculum is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
Great school with great learning envirement

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2006
travis is probably the best is some areas of what DISD can offer, but there are compromises and limitations and in effect, is damning travis with faint praise. DISD does not do sports well at all for magnet schools. poor leadership at Travis equates to poor strategic vision. why isn't foreign languages taught at elementary level? why isn't algebra and geometry taught for high school credit at the travis middle school for those students who qualify and want the challenge. the teaching staff, taken as a whole is probably the best in the district, but there have been some spectacular failures in personnel choices in the past and that continues. The best thing about the school is that it is a stand alone talented and gifted campus...and that's good and challenging for the students. Travis should be fighting to distinguish itself as a destination that is different than successful neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
I used to go to Travis and I really enjoyed the experience. I attended the school when it first reopened into the 4th grade so I was able to see all the teachers and get to know them. This was the most scary but best experience a kid can feel.

- submitted by a former student
June 13, 2005
W.B. Travis is a magnet school in the D.I.S.D. and it is their best kept secret. Don't bother applying your average child here though. While the child may gain entry, they will surely have difficulties as the staff is convinced that they should not have to re-teach or explain anything since they are teaching talented and gifted children. But for the child who excels and willingly accepts a challenge, there is no better school in the public system. It's like being in a private school on public dollars.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
This school is one of the greatest in the Dallas Independent School District! I attended this school in 6th and part of my 7th grade year. The teachers here are fabulous. They really care about their students. The principal and the assistant principal really care as well. Any student that attends William B. Travis Vanguard/Academy will have a truly great experience.

- submitted by a former student
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William B Travis Acad/Vangrd For A
3001 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX  75204
(972) 794-7500
Last modified William B Travis Acad/Vangrd For A is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William B Travis Acad/Vangrd For A Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top