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Education in Dallas

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This article is about education in Dallas, Texas (USA).

Colleges and universities

Dallas Hall at Dedman College at Southern Methodist University
Dallas Hall at Dedman College at Southern Methodist University

Dallas is a major center of education for much of the South Central United States. The city itself contains several universities, colleges, trade schools, and educational institutes. Several major Universities also lie in enclaves, satellite cities, and suburbs of the city, including the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, the University of Dallas in Irving, Dallas Christian College in Farmers Branch, Devry University Dallas in Irving, the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington and the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private, coeducational university located in University Park, an enclave of Dallas. It was founded in 1911 by the Southern Methodist Church [1] and now enrolls 6,500 undergraduates, 1,200 professional students in the law and theology departments, and 3,500 postgraduates SMU is also the home of the Cox School of Business.[2]

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational university located in the Mountain Creek area of southwestern Dallas. Originally located in Decatur, it moved to Dallas in 1965.[3] The school currently enrolls over 5,500 students.[4]

The University of North Texas at Dallas, currently located at a temporary site south of Oak Cliff along Interstate 20,[5] is being built in south Dallas along Houston School Road.[6] It will be the first public university within Dallas city limits.

Paul Quinn College is a private, historically Black college located in southeast Dallas. Originally located in Waco, Texas, it moved to Dallas in 1993 and is housed on the campus of the former Bishop College, another private, historically Black college. Dallas billionaire and entrepreneur Comer Cottrell, founder of ProLine Corporation, bought the campus of Bishop College and bequeathed it to Paul Quinn College in 1993. The school enrolls 3,000 undergraduate students.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School is a medical school located in the Stemmons Corridor of Dallas. It is part of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, again one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. The school is highly selective, admitting around 200 students a year. The facility enrolls 3255 postgraduates.


The Dallas Independent School District, which covers most of the city, is one of the largest school districts in the United States. It operates independently of the city and enrolls over 161,000 students.[7] One of the district's magnet schools, the School for the Talented & Gifted, was named the #1 school in the United States (in a list of public and private schools) by Newsweek[8] in 2006 and 2007. The Science and Engineering Magnet, another local magnet school, was ranked eighth in 2006 and second in 2007 in the same survey.

Dallas extends into several other school districts including Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Duncanville, Garland, Highland Park, Mesquite, Plano, and Richardson. The Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District once served portions of southern Dallas, but it was shut down for the 2005-2006 year. WHISD students started attending other Dallas ISD schools during that time. Following the close, the Texas Education Agency consolidated WHISD into Dallas ISD, which will work to rebuild the schools in the former WHISD area.

  • Residents of HPISD are in two areas: one that is north of Greenbrier Drive, south of Northwest Highway, east of the Dallas North Tollway, and west of Douglas Avenue; and in an area west of Preston Road and north of Colgate Avenue.[9]
  • Residents in Irving ISD are in west Dallas : an area south of the west fork of the Trinity River and north of the Bernal Greenbelt, and in an area west of Top Line Drive and south of the Trinity River.[9]
  • Residents in Plano ISD are there are two areas in Collin County that are in Plano ISD: one that is east of Midway Road, south of the George Bush Turnpike, and west of Waterview Parkway; and a group of apartments around Horizon North Parkway.[9]
  • Two portions of North Dallas are in Richardson ISD: One is north of Interstate 635, between Coit Road and Preston Road, and south of the Collin-Dallas county line; the other is the portion of Lake Highlands east of White Rock Creek and north of the Northwest Highway.[9]

A governmental agency called Dallas County Schools provides transportation services and other services to the school districts in Dallas County.

In addition Dallas County Community College District operates the Richland Collegiate High School.

In 2018 Dallas ISD board member Joyce Foreman asked Dallas City Council to no longer zone property to allow additional charter schools.[10]


The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, looking northwest from Young Street and Ervay Street
The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, looking northwest from Young Street and Ervay Street

The city is served by the Dallas Public Library system. The system was originally created by the Dallas Federation of Women's Clubs with efforts spearheaded by then-president Mrs. Henry (May Dickson) Exall — Her work raising money led to a grant from philanthropist and steel baron Andrew Carnegie, which enabled the construction of the first branch in 1901.[11] Today the library operates 25 branch locations throughout the city.[12] The Dallas Public Library also operates J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, the 8-story main library in the Government District of downtown. It also operates the Bookmarks Children's library in the Northpark Mall.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Stemmons Corridor operates a library across two branches on its north and south campuses. The library holds 256,000 volumes in all formats, including 83,000 books and 30,000 full-text electronic journals.[13]

Weekend supplementary education

The Japanese School of Dallas, a Japanese supplementary weekend school, conducts its classes, intended for Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans, at Ted Polk Middle School in Carrollton;[14] the school has its main offices in Farmers Branch.[14][15] Its classes were formerly held at Dan F. Long Middle School in the Dallas city limits.[16][17]


  1. ^ - Facts About SMU History Archived January 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 May 2006.
  2. ^ - Facts About Demographics Archived January 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 May 2006.
  3. ^ Dallas Baptist University - History. Retrieved 18 October 2006.
  4. ^ Dallas Baptist University - Facts and Statistics.
  5. ^ University of North Texas Dallas Campus - Location. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  6. ^ University of North Texas Dallas Campus. New Campus. Retrieved 4 October 2006.
  7. ^ - DISD. Retrieved 1 May 2006.
  8. ^ - Newsweek America's Best High Schools Archived June 16, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 May 2006.
  9. ^ a b c d "Live in Dallas (But Don’t Use Its Schools)" (Archive). The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved on March 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Schutze, Jim (2018-06-25). "Using Crooked City Zoning to Punish Charter Schools Is a Truly Terrible Idea". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. ^ - History. Retrieved 1 May 2006.
  12. ^ Retrieved 13 March 2006.
  13. ^ UT Southwestern Library Facts and Statistics. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  14. ^ a b "学校紹介 Archived 2014-03-30 at the Wayback Machine." Japanese School of Dallas. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "学校所在地 JAPANESE SCHOOL OF DALLAS C/O TED POLK MIDDLE SCHOOL 2001 KELLY BLVD. CARROLLTON, TEXAS 75006" and "事務局所在地 JAPANESE SCHOOL OF DALLAS 4100 ALPHA RD. SUITE 917 DALLAS, TEXAS 75244"
  15. ^ "City of Farmers Branch District Zoning Map" (Archive). City of Farmers Branch. Adopted February 24, 1969. Updated March 2013. Retrieved on April 30, 2014.
  16. ^ "北米の補習授業校一覧" (). National Education Center, Japan (国立教育会館). October 29, 2000. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "ダラス Japanese Language Advancement School of Dallas (郵便送付先) 4100 Alpha Rd. Suite 917, Dallas, TX 75244 U.S.A. [...] (学校所在地) 2525 Frank ford, Dallas, TX 75252 U.S.A. "
  17. ^ "Home page Archived 2015-04-16 at" Dan F. Long Middle School. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "Dan F. Long Middle School 2525 Frankford Road | Dallas, TX 75287"
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