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School for the Talented and Gifted

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1201 E 8th St # 216
Dallas, Texas, 75203
(972) 925-5970

The School for the Talented and Gifted is a public college preparatory magnet school. The school is located in Dallas, Texas, United States. The School for the Talented and Gifted enrolls students at a highschool level, beginning at grade nine and following through to grade 12. The school was established in 1982 with a curriculum focused on providing comprehensive academics to talented and gifted students. In the 1990s, the school became designated as a magnet center which focuses on accelerated high school education. Magnet schools offer college-preparatory and professional programs to those with a strong academic background. It is known for its small scale learning environment in which students receive an education style that is focused on the Advanced Placement Program.

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The School for the Talented and Gifted requires the Advanced High School Program as described by the Texas Education Agency. The academic program is very demanding and includes pre-AP and AP curriculum. The average class size at the School for the Talented and Gifted is approximately 20 students.


A screening process is initiated in order to place incoming students from Dallas to see if they would thrive at the TAG Magnet level. The screening committee which is made up of the principal, counselor, teachers and selected community representatives will decide if the student is a good candidate for the school. The screening process includes academic transcripts, a behavioral assessment scale and a student portfolio. The school has guidelines in place to ensure that the student population is ethnically balanced.


The School for the Talented and Gifted is located in the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center in Texas. There are many quiet study areas and extra help available for students to use in order to get the most out of their educational experience at the school. The school grounds and amenities allow students to thrive, and with the smaller class sizes students can access teachers more easily.

Student Life

Traditions are a major aspect of school spirit for the staff and students at the School for the Talented and Gifted. Some of the traditions include Arts Week, Scrapbook, and more. The senior class will pull together memories and events from the year and publish a copy for all seniors and underclassmen that want one. Scrapbook is not officially sanctioned by the school, but remains a yearly tradition. The school also features Inklings, which is a monthly publication which features student submissions including editorials, poetry and fiction stories.


There is a great emphasis put on academics with many clubs geared towards improving academic performance, including International Thespian Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, English National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. There are many University Interscholastic League competitions that TAG Magnet students participate in including Calculator Applications, Computer Science, Current Events and Issues, Mathematics, Prose Interpretation and more. School run clubs include Academic Decathlon, Math Olympiads, Robotics, Whiz Quiz, Gay and Straight Alliance, Student Council and more.


Graduates of the School of the Talented and Gifted and other TAG schools have continued their education at the following universities:

- Harvard University

- University of California

- Princeton University

- Duke University

- Yale University

- Stanford

- Columbia

- Boston University

-Texas A&M

Students have also pursued their studies at many other prestigious universities not listed above. Many students continue to have very successful careers contributing to the likes of science and business.