Lottery picks will not be bound by attendance zones.

Where once DISD parents had limited choice when it came to their child’s high school — private or magnet (if we can afford it/get in) or public school in their attendance zone — they now have new options, DISD administrators say.

If you have a child entering the ninth grade next year, attend the 2011-2012 High School Redesign Showcase Saturday, Jan. 22 at W.H. Adamson High School (201 E. Ninth) to learn about the 18 DISD schools that have been redesigned to accommodate specific areas of interest and academic pathways.

Bryan Adams High School in East Dallas, for instance, will offer entertainment and sports marketing, law enforcement and graphic design specialties, Adamson in Oak Cliff will offer finance, public service and automotive technology, Hillcrest, normally serving the Preston Hollow area, will offer science technology and engineering. Woodrow Wilson High School in Lakewood offers science and engineering, theater arts and is also a candidate for IB World School, which you can learn more about here.

That’s just a sampling of the various programs that will be offered at 18 schools around Dallas (full list here—click on “flyer”). At the showcase, parents can learn in detail about what each of these schools will offer. Students will not need to meet specific academic requirements to attend any of the redesigned academies. Acceptance will be decided through a lottery system. Any student districtwide can apply to any of the schools.

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