Dallas ISD is home to students from 150 countries, speaking 70 languages. More refugees have resettled in Dallas-Fort Worth in the past 10 years than in any other U.S. metropolitan area.
It naturally follows that the district’s enrollment of student newcomers who speak languages other than English/Spanish continues to grow. And District 3—Vickery Meadow, especially—is home to many of these amazing students. Of the 4,751 students in the Conrad feeder pattern, which comprises schools in that area, 3,486 live in households where the home language is other than English.
The largest group of non-native language speakers (2,582) is Spanish-speaking, but a wide array of languages are spoken, and cultures represented, in Vickery Meadow. The next largest group is Burmese (283) and Rohingya (54), followed by Swahili (109), Nepali (97), Amharic (46), Afro-Asiatic – including Kirundi and Kinyarwanda among others (39), French (27), Arabic (25), Tibetan (24), Tigrinya (23), Niger-Congo (23), Farsi (21) and many smaller groups, far too many to list here.
Virtually all of these students are able to earn their high school foreign language credits through a native language assessment, freeing up space in their schedules to learn more English, to better prepare for college and future jobs.
As their numbers grow, the district is continually making strides to better serve these newcomers at schools including Emmett J. Conrad High School, Sam Tasby Middle School, and Jack Lowe Sr., Lee A. McShan Jr., Jill Stone and L.L. Hotchkiss elementary schools.
And these students are meeting the challenge, overcoming adversity every day. Jack Lowe Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon school. Conrad is one of two high schools in the nation to earn five NAF academy distinctions.
Recently, we celebrated the construction of a new replacement school for Jill Stone Elementary, which will open next school year, providing relief for the nearby Hotchkiss, as well as hope for a bright future for the Pre-K and elementary students who will begin their learning there. Hotchkiss will be offering a new Pre-K through 8th-grade dual language program, as well.
The rich diversity of Vickery Meadow and its schools bodes well for District 3, for Dallas ISD and for the city as a whole as we prepare all our students for the global marketplace of the future.
Class of ’21, Your Day Is Coming Up!
If Covid cases remain low, graduations will be held in person this year, and we are looking forward to celebrating our high school seniors’ achievements!
- The Bryan Adams ceremony is set for Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m., in Alfred J. Loos (Couch Stadium). In the event of inclement weather, Adams will hold the ceremony on Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m.
- Festivities for Emmett J. Conrad are planned for Friday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at Alfred J. Loos.
Enroll your child in Dallas ISD Pre-K from the comfort of your own vehicle!
Registration events are coming to your community every Saturday in May from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have a new or returning Pre-K student, do not miss this opportunity to drive up and receive help to complete your child’s online registration for next year, in a wide choice of options offered in Dallas ISD. For locations visit: www.prekdallas.org.
Bond 2020 website details first round of projects
The first projects of the $3.5B Bond 2020 package approved by voters in November are detailed on the new Bond 2020 website. The projects include 13 proposed replacement schools, new furniture for all district schools, wrought iron fencing for secondary schools and installation of turf on district football fields. These details and others are posted on the new site at https://www.dallasisd.org/bond2020.
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