Do you have a child nearing school age? Are you trying to sort through all of the information about the differences between Dallas ISD, Richardson ISD and the private schools in the area? The good news is that now, more than ever, you have so many good choices. As advocates for the neighborhoods we serve, we consider it our responsibility to know every East Dallas elementary school. Over the next few months we’ll be focusing on what makes some of the private and public elementary schools in East Dallas unique. Have a school or program you think deserves a spotlight? Let us know!
Located at the Northeast corner of Abrams and Lovers, Dan D. Rogers has undergone two significant changes in the past year. First, it was named as one of only six schools within Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to launch a personalized learning curriculum paid for by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The personalized learning model is one of several “Choice School” curriculums designed to pair children with learning styles and content that best fit their personality and educational needs in order to help more children reach their highest academic potential.
[Side note: if you are considering sending your children to DISD, Choice Schools are THE hot topic among parents and educators. DISD plans to open 35 Choice Schools in the next five years.]
The personalized learning curriculum is particularly appealing at Dan D. Rogers, which has 125 transfer students from refugee-populated Vickery Meadows. By charting a course for each child, educators are able to catch up children who are behind while simultaneously challenging the 13% of the student body that qualifies for talented and gifted (which, for reference, is slightly higher than the number of students that qualify at Lakewood Elementary).
In each classroom, students rotate through stations where the instruction they receive will be based on their particular needs. Through blended learning, students receive instruction via adaptive, e-learning technology and other digital resources as well as in small group or one-on-one instruction with the teacher. In the classroom, students are also engaged in independent or collaborative learning activities that support their particular needs. In the project-based learning lab, students are challenged to collaborate and communicate while using their critical thinking and creativity to solve real-world problems.
In addition to the personalized learning curriculum at this East Dallas elementary school, Dan D. Rogers recently received a new learning garden, designed and installed by REAL School Gardens. School gardens have been popular for several years as schools try to provide outdoor learning spaces to students, in particular those who don’t have regular access to outdoor spaces because they live in a multi-family setting. REAL School Gardens takes this concept several steps further. In addition to the typical flowers, herbs and vegetables, Real School Gardens are also designed with various types of teaching tools. These include seating, white boards, counting and measuring tools, language arts & math manipulatives, weather monitoring stations and more. In addition to the garden, REAL School Gardens provides a teaching curriculum that corresponds with the outdoor learning environment. Results from schools with these gardens have been outstanding, with 94% of teachers reporting more engaged students and an increase in passing test scores of 12-15%; with the biggest increase in scores in Science and STEM-related subjects. Watch this spring’s Dan D. Rogers REAL School Garden Installation video below.
From a community support perspective, parents in the neighborhood have also recently started a Dan D. Rogers Early Childhood PTA (ECPTA) to encourage nearby families to consider returning to the East Dallas elementary school, which has historically not enjoyed much local participation.
From a real estate perspective, neighborhoods that feed into Dan D. Rogers are a bargain! The median home price for a single family home feeding into Dan D. Rogers (among most recent sales) is $393,500. Compare this to homes in Stonewall Jackson Elementary with a median price of $497,500 and Lakewood Elementary with a $525,000 according to the most recent MLS data.
Here are a few homes for sale in East Dallas, currently zoned to Dan D. Rogers. If you like what you see or want to know more about the neighborhoods in East Dallas? We hope you will give us a call! 972.755.9085 | heatherguildgroup.com
~ Authored by Heather Guild