The Boys and Girls Club will help provide after school activities at Solar Preparatory School for Boys (Photo by Danny Fulgencio).

Earlier this year, we learned a bit about Solar Preparatory School for Girls, the East Dallas all girls school that is making waves in the neighborhood and citywide. The unique curriculum and student makeup create a unique environment that are attempting to address everything from the achievement gap to gentrification.

And this year, Solar Preparatory School for Boys opened up at what used to be John F. Kennedy Learning Center near Ross and Moser Ave.

The all-boys school opened this week with pre-k through second grade and will be adding a grade every year until eighth grade. The school will be centered around S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Highlights will include instruction in computer coding, theater and social emotional learning much like exists at the girl’s version of Solar.

In an effort to maintain economic diversity at the school, students are admitted through Dallas ISD’s Public School Choice socioeconomic diversity process. Half of the spots in the school are reserved for students who are economically disadvantaged and the other half are for economically advantaged students. Students will be randomly selected via lottery from the category where they fall. Students from anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can apply. 

The YMCA and Boys & Girls Club will be providing after school activities, and much of the staff will be new at the campus. New principal Adriana Gonzalez has years of experience and was most recently at Hall elementary in Oak Cliff.

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