The Dallas Independent School District is “one of the nation’s fastest-improving school districts,” according to the Council of the Great City Schools. Dallas ISD employs 22,222 staff members to serve a diverse population of 153,861 students in 230 schools.
In pursuit of our mission to "Prepare ALL students for success," Dallas ISD has shown a consistent increase in our annual graduation rate and the number of students taking and passing advanced placement exams. We are home to two of the nation's top 20 public high schools (Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center’s School for the Talented and Gifted and the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School) as reported in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report.
In addition, the number of Dallas ISD students taking and scoring a 3 or above on Advanced Placement exams has increased each of the last six years with minority students leading their cohorts across the nation in the number of qualifying scores, continuing an upward trend in preparing students for college.
We are also keeping pace with Dallas families' desires for more educational choices as evidenced by a significant expansion of prekindergarten classes, 150 two-way dual language programs, and 27 P-TECHS and collegiate academies. Thanks to the support of Dallas voters and forward-looking leadership, Dallas ISD is also meeting the challenge of modernizing schools. We have invested more than $2 billion in schools and academic programs since 2015, funding renovations, additions, and other school improvements. Taken together, these efforts have afforded students the opportunity to receive a 21st-century education in state-of-the-art facilities as they prepare to compete in today's technology-rich, ever-changing, global society.