What is Public School Choice?
As Dallas continues to grow and transform, so must its public education system. There is no debate that Dallas ISD must prepare its students to thrive in a future world that will continue to change. Thriving in the future requires the ability to think critically and creatively, solve problems, with no obvious solutions, make judgment about alternative points of view, communicate effectively, work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds, and navigate unprecedented levels of information. It demands that students are resilient, imaginative, and curious about the world around them.
As the district seeks to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, Public School Choice (PSC) will be a mechanism for growing the range of options so that all Dallas ISD students can attend a “best-fit school.” A “best-fit school” is a school where educators can more meaningfully and more deeply engage students intellectually by tapping into their specific interests, aspirations, and preferred learning styles.Choice Schools will showcase a single, school-wide "anchor model" around which all teaching and learning happens, such as a Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) model, a performing and visual arts model, or a Montessori model. We know that all kids are unique individuals. They learn in different ways; they aspire to different careers; and they are interested in different subjects. The more "best-fit" options, the better. The goal is clear: If all students are able to attend a high-quality, “best-fit school,” then they will realize their full academic potential.For more information about PSC and why Dallas ISD decided to implement this initiative, please visit the General Information Section on the Public School Choice FAQs page.