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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Dallas Independent School District is a public school district located in Dallas, TX. It has 155,119 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.

Dallas Independent School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
37%
Percent Proficient - Math
44%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1040
6,646 responses
Average ACT
22
2,283 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
155,119
Free or Reduced Lunch
87.8%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,985
Teachers in First/Second Year
19.9%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,273/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    7%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$53,055
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,030
National
$949
Median Home Value
$348,516
National
$184,700

Dallas Independent School District Reviews

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The Dallas Independent District has been something new to me. I have always been in a charter school and it wasn't until high school that I became a student for DISD. My overall experience has been satisfied academically, socially, and much more. However, my concerns have a lot to do in the security placement after dangerous things have happened but have been able to control as well. The sanitation is something I have always been concerned about before the pandemic happened, which makes me even more unfaithful on how they are going to be able to control these things around this time of COVID-19. Not to mention, they have a really well established team whom are in charge of this district! Without them, it wouldn't be the district it is today.
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I personally feel as though Dallas ISD has an issue with resources and assistance given to schools located in poor communities. There is a lot of disparities between a school located in a poor community compared to that of one of DISD's schools known for the academic achievements and other things. For instance, my elementary school was really terrible in terms of resources, technology, school activities, and in academics. Rather than helping the school by providing better qualified teachers and other resources, the students of those schools just received a letter with schools that were better options. On the contrary, my middle school was well-known for high academic scores and for its talented students. This school was constantly praised by Dallas ISD and it received a lot of resources and support. Students of the art academy were able to receive a lot opportunities. Dallas ISD needs to know how to properly allocate its resources for their schools.
Transferring from a public high school to a Talented and Gifted magnet was a rockier transition than expected because the education gap was extraordinarily large, and if I’m candid, I felt like a kindergartner trying to learn college material. I was lost, confused, and terrified because, after nine years of being at the top of my class, I was in a competitive environment and didn’t meet half of their standards. I lost complete confidence in my ability and skills, but I could either go back to where I was comfortable or find ways to rise knowing that I was at an automatic disadvantage. When tutoring at my previous school, I had to get creative and incorporate other student’s strengths and interests, varying from visual graphics, repetition, songs, or tik-tok dances, into the curriculum. I realized that my new standard method of lecturing did not suit me. By thinking innovatively, I have succeeded in my AP classes and boosted my confidence. I