Nowhere are young East Dallas females fiercer than at the Solar Preparatory School for Girls.

The kindergarten through third-grade school on North Henderson plans to add a grade level every year through eighth-grade. The Dallas ISD program aims to have half the students qualify for free lunch, and the other not. The result? Economic and racial diversity that is difficult to come by at most neighborhood schools.

Academics focus on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The dual language school uses personalized learning to allow students to move at their own pace, emphasizing social and emotional learning to teach students how to deal with conflict and process their emotions. The “Solar Six” values include curiosity, self-awareness, empathy, humility, leadership and grit.

Destination Imagination, Girl Scouts, chess, robotics and track are among Solar’s extra-curriculars. Every girl participates in at least one, thanks to the built-in extended hours.

The school’s colors? Purple and pink.

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