Dallas ISD’s Trini Garza Early College High School and Uplift’s Peak Prep named two of the best urban schools in country
Dallas Morning News – Robert Wilonsky
Monday, March 19, 2012
A friend of the show — a Core Reader, if you will — sends word that Friday afternoon San Diego-based National Center for Urban School Transformation released its annual list of Excellence in Urban Education Award-winners. And since you read the headline, well, you know why this item’s here –because Dallas ISD’s Trini Garza Early College High School on W. Illinois Avenue near Duncanville Road (pictured here) and Uplift Education’s Peak Preparatory in East Dallas are among the 14 schools nationwide hailed for contributing “to an ever-growing effort to understand how educators can create excellent urban schools for all students.” Which I believe comes with a $2,500 check and a banner, not to mention the pride that comes with being One of the Best Schools in the Country and providing “a benchmark of excellence that motivates the reform efforts of urban schools and districts.”
And with the honor comes a trip to San Diego for the 14 winning principals: Each will present “interactive breakout sessions” at the NCUST’s Excellence in Urban Education Symposium in May.
Garza’s considered a Recognized school by the Texas Education Agency; Peak, Exemplary. The latter was also ranked as the 12th-best public high school in the U.S. by The Washington Post last year. And they’re the only two Texas schools to make the National Center for Urban School Transformation’s best-of list, which also includes schools in California, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. Meanwhile, Tom Gooch got this close: The northwest Dallas elementary got on the NCUST’s honor roll.
This isn’t the first time a DISD campus has won the award: Nathan Adams Elementary ranked among the tops in 2010, while James Bonham got the nod in ’09. Bonham, of course, is among the 11 campuses the DISD trustees voted to shutter as a cost-cutting measure.