About Dallas ISD
The Dallas Independent School District sits in the heart of a large, diverse and dynamic region with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million people in the 12 counties in North Central Texas. Dallas ISD comprises 384 square miles and encompasses the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, Wilmer, Hutchins and parts of Carrollton, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Lancaster, Mesquite, Balch Springs, and Combine. The district is the second-largest public school district in the state and the 16th-largest in the nation.
Innovation, tenacity, vision and equity are key drivers that have shaped Dallas ISD into one of the area’s most prominent and forward-looking school districts. Advances such as pay for performance, college and career education programs and public school choice—all of which began more than a decade ago—are taking the district to the next level.
Today, pay for performance has morphed into the Teacher and Principal Excellence Initiatives that attract and retain top-tier educators. A handful of early colleges has mushroomed into a collection of game-changing collegiate academies offering higher education options to all 9-12 students. And public school choice now exists as 100-plus specialty schools created in response to families calls for expanded academic opportunities for their children.
Our evolution is grounded in a strong focus on correcting historic injustices and ensuring that all students are served fairly. Dallas ISD is dismantling inequities through budget reallocations, unconscious bias training for staff, advocacy for digital access in underserved communities and increased diversity in our teacher ranks.
We are proud of our award-winning schools, outstanding teachers and staff, committed parents and volunteers who comprise the dedicated team that serves approximately 145,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in 230 schools, served by 22,000 dedicated professionals.
Dallas ISD is considered to be one of the fastest improving urban school districts in the country.
Curriculum overview, grading policy, and graduation requirements
The Dallas ISD maintains school campuses in the municipalities of Addison, Balch Springs, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Hutchins, Mesquite, Seagoville, University Park, and Wilmer.