• Single-Gender Education

    with Socioeconomic Diversity

    At Solar Prep, instruction and culture is designed intentionally to meet the needs of girls  and ensure educational equity for all girls.

    Solar Prep is an open-enrollment campus with scholars coming from across the city. We use a 50/50 socioeconomic diversity model to ensure that 50 percent of student enrollment is made up of economically disadvantaged scholars, and the other 50 percent is composed of non-economically disadvantaged scholars. We employ a weighted lottery to achieve this balance.

    Science + Engineering

    Solar Prep scholars have opportunities each day to go beyond the basic curriculum and engage in performance-based learning. Instructional components include Project Lead the Way an engineering curriculum with a Design Thinking element, computer programming and robotics, a Makerspace, and arts integration.

    These experiences will merge in a daily STEAM learning block facilitated by homeroom teachers. Scholars’ exposure to STEAM-related content is not limited to the daily STEAM block but incorporated throughout the school day through connections in literature and writing, using art to express math concepts in non-verbal ways, and dramatization to support and extend reading comprehension, for example.

    Music + Theater

    Not only are elements of theater and drama integrated as instructional tools in reading and math, scholars also attend a stand-alone music/theater class three times weekly during specials rotations. Our vision is to have a stand-out theater program that integrates performing arts with elements of engineering and SEL through set and lighting design, data analysis, budgeting and live performances.

    Tech + Coding

    Exposing  scholars to coding and robotics at a young age  will not only allow them opportunities to engage in design and problem solving, but stimulate interest in  STEM subjects.  Homeroom teachers will lead Code.org lessons each week. These lessons are mostly “unplugged” hands-on lessons that teach the foundation of computer programming and connect to the math concepts girls are learning in their classrooms.

    Makerspace + Art

    The Solar Prep Makerspace inspires scholars to become participatory learners; discover their talents, needs, and interests; and to endlessly make, create, and solve. The Makerspace, led by a certified art teacher, provides activities and design challenges. This space allows girls to exercise choice by choosing which activities to engage in, and practice leadership skills by advocating for their project preference.

    Girl Scouts STEM Partnership

    Through a unique partnership between Solar Prep and Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas, all girls at Solar Prep have the opportunity to be a member of Girl Scouts at no cost to families. Girl Scouts club time occurs during the school day. Every two weeks, girls engage in Girl Scouts SEL and STEM curriculum. Solar Prep also has priority access to the Girl Scouts STEM Center of Excellence in south Dallas, where girls can camp overnight and participate in activities such as archery, horseback riding, and a ropes course.

    Social Emotional Learning

    At Solar Prep we believe that building a strong foundation of Social-Emotional Learning leads to more powerful academic learning and sustainable long-term success. Our day is structured to begin and end with non-academic discussions about emotions, challenges, celebrations, and awareness of self and others.

    We center our work around a set of values called the “Solar Six” — curiosity, self-awareness, empathy, humility, leadership, and grit. The “Solar Six” are taught alongside other SEL competencies, but in an effort to “go deep” with a few competencies, these six take center stage. Teachers integrate the “Solar Six” across content and through an intentionally created culture of achievement.

    Each morning begins with yoga and mindfulness for girls who arrive early, followed by Sisterhood Circle, a daily whole-school morning meeting, and Shine Time, classroom meetings that take place each morning and afternoon. Solar Prep uses the Responsive Classroom SEL learning program as a framework for implementing SEL across the campus.

    Incorporating Technology into Core Subjects

    Select components of math, literacy, and science are taught through Blended Learning, an instructional program that blends traditional learning with digital learning. Scholars are provided targeted instruction in small groups with their classroom teacher and rotate, spending a portion of their time on a computer or device with a level-specific online curriculum.

    Each classroom is equipped with 12 Chromebooks. When they are not working with their teacher or in collaborative groups, scholars will work on literacy skills using iStation, math skills using ST Math, and science skills using STEMScopes. Scholars will also have access to a digital library in both English and Spanish through Big Universe. All of these digital programs can also be accessed from home.

    Two Way Dual Language - Spanish Immersion

    The two-way dual language program offers scholars the opportunity to learn to read, write and speak in both English and Spanish. Girls have the opportunity to work side-by-side with classmates of various cultures and backgrounds as they learn English and Spanish across a range of content areas.

    The Two-Way Dual Language program allows scholars to develop the ability to think, write, and speak in both English and Spanish.  Advanced academic achievements, higher career earning potential, and cultural engagement are clear benefits for scholars participating in the Two-Way program.

    The Dual Language experience provides scholars the opportunity to become not only global citizens, but global leaders as well, positioning them for future advancement, opportunities and achievement.

    For more information about the program, visit http://www.dallasisd.org/duallanguage.