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Now that you’ve relied on All My Sons Moving & Storage for your move, we want to make your transition to Dallas pleasant. The following important resources may help.

Resources in Dallas: Dallas Area Public Schools

The Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD or DISD) operates schools in much of Dallas and is the second largest school district in Texas (Houston is first) and the twelfth largest in the United States, with an enrollment last year of 163,562.

More than 19.000 community volunteers, including the students themselves, parents, school partners, teachers and other school staff, principals and administrators, have given their time, talent and funds, enabling the DISD to enjoy record-breaking success. If you’re moving to Dallas and are a teacher, a parent, an educational administrator, a nurse, a counselor or other educator, or someone who enjoys volunteering, the DISD welcomes you to visit and take a look around.

Dallas Independent School District

If you plan a move to Dallas or any of its neighboring communities, here are some of the surrounding school systems:

Allen Independent School District

Duncanville Independent School District

Desoto Independent School District

Garland Independent School District

Garland ISD is located in one of the fastest growing areas of Dallas County. Garland ISD extends from the Dallas city limits, northeast to the county line and serves parts of the communities of Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse. A small portion of Dallas and a small portion of Wylie are served by Garland ISD.

Garland ISD is a Free Choice school system which allows the parents to choose which school their children want to attend within the district. Most students choose to attend the school to which they would be assigned without Free Choice; preference is given to students residing closest to the school facility. GISD elementary schools have defined "transportation zones" that determine if students are eligible for transportation to their schools. Garland ISD has the only "free choice system" in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The district encompasses approximately 100 square miles. With a student enrollment of over 55,000 students, GISD is currently the fourth largest school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and is thirteenth largest district in the state of . Garland High School, the district's first high school, is more than one hundred years old.

Highland Park Independent School District

Hurst, Euless, Bedford Independent School District

Mesquite Independent School District

Plano Independent School District

Among the fastest growing cities in Texas, Plano ISD achieved a "Recognized" state accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency in 2006. This rating is the result of dramatic gains in student performance in 2005-06, which resulted in greater numbers of "Exemplary" school ratings district-wide.

Twenty-two schools have captured the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence honor, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Twice honored have been Plano , Senior High School, Plano East Senior High School, Clark High School, and Mathews and Saigling elementary schools. Awarded in 2006 were Beverly and Skaggs elementary schools, represented at a national ceremony by (l-r) Teacher Anne Molyneux and Principal and Principal Mary Ann Bargmann, Skaggs; and Principal Liz Kirby and Librarian Patty Stone, Beverly.

All Plano ISD schools met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) on all indicators of the No Child Left Behind Act. The district also received a rating of “Met AYP” for all 35 indicators. Statewide, several hundred schools did not meet AYP, nor did several school districts. Measures for each campus in the state are posted on the Texas Education Agency Web site.

While in high school, the majority of all Plano ISD students take at least one college entrance exam before graduating. Plano ISD continues to boast one of the highest performances on college entrance exams in the nation before graduation. The most recent statistics reflect that 87% of high school students scored the equivalent of a "B" or better in college level English, 74% in college algebra and 53% in college biology.

A record number of Plano ISD seniors were named Semifinalists in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. Some 115 students continued in the competition for Finalist standing and $33 million in scholarships

Lancaster Independent School District

Richardson Independent School District

Your friends at All My Sons Moving & Storage also want to encourage you to explore the wide, diverse array of cultural and performing arts available to you in and around Dallas.

More Resources: Dallas, a Great Work of Art

Dallas has always been regarded as a cosmopolitan city with a wide, diverse selection of arts programs and institutions. Within the past few years, though, including the “turn of the century,” late nineties through the early 21st century, the arts programs have blossomed to such an extent that is emerging from the shadows of , New York and and into its own arts mecca. Many newcomers moving to Dallas are overwhelmed by the breadth of opportunities within the arts.

The cultural arts center of the Southwest, is home to the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Morton Meyerson Symphony , the Majestic Broadway Series, the Dallas , Theater Theatre Three, numerous community theaters, including many for the younger set, the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Sculptural Arts Centre, and the Fall 2009 projected opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

A New Wrinkle in ’ Arts Scene…

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, scheduled for completion in 2009, is a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theater and dance, and answers the 25-year dream of the Dallas Arts District. The most significant performing arts complex to be built since Lincoln Center in New York, the Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that is unparalleled in the world. It is likely that any number of professionals in the arts fields will move to Dallas for new opportunities available through this venue.

…and new sites in the skyline

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will create new landmarks on the Dallas skyline, with stunning buildings designed by some of the world's greatest architects:

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House brings the design of the grandest opera halls in Europe into the 21st century, with a transparent, welcoming space that will become a focal point of the Dallas Arts District.

One of the world's most innovative theatres, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will be an unprecedented, "stacked," vertically constructed venue that completely rethinks the traditional form of theatre.

The new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be home to the city's greatest outdoor performing arts productions.

The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of ’ smaller performing arts organizations.

The new ten-acre Performance Park will surround the Dallas for the Performing Arts, creating an oasis for visitors.

An underground parking structure will accommodate 600 vehicles.

A Lush Oasis in Downtown Dallas

Performance is an urban park that will embrace and unify the venues of the Dallas for the Performing Arts. Weaving together the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, and City Performance Hall, Park Performance will be a lush urban oasis, a dynamic cultural destination in downtown Dallas. The first public park in the Dallas Arts District, Performance Park Dallas. The first public park in the Dallas Arts District, Performance will include canopies of mature trees, large expanses of grass and a series of gardens, fountains, reflecting pools, promenades and walkways. Performance Park Performance will be open to the public and will be a unique and dynamic setting for pre-and post performance events. Visitors from out of town will want to move to Dallas when they are dazzled by the spectacle of this serene location.

Designed by landscape architect Michel Desvigne of Paris in collaboration with JJR of Chicago, Performance Park is envisioned as one of the most exciting and dramatic new civic spaces in the region. As a new anchor for the Arts District, it will provide a new lively destination for families, event patrons, concertgoers, students and individuals who live and work throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Other Arts Organizations You May Enjoy

The Dallas Summer Musicals

The Majestic Broadway Series

Teatro Dallas

Dallas Black Dance Theater

Dallas Business Council for the Arts

Dallas Children’s Theater

The Dallas Theater Center

The Turtle Creek Chorale

More on the Arts in Dallas: Not So Much a Melting Pot, But a Delicately Seasoned Stew

"In , a city of international vision and cultural diversity, the common language of art is the bond that unites us."

Raymond Nasher

Cultural diversity has become synonymous with . A veritable smorgasbord of ethnic backgrounds and cultures form the rich, colorful tapestry that is , Dallas, Texas in the 21st Century, and this melange of histories and lifestyles is, perhaps, most vividly reflected in ' artistic and cultural community.

A fine example of how this diversity is both supported and encouraged by Dallas is seen in the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC). The members of this Chamber represent the Asian countries of Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. Bringing the total representative countries to fourteen are Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Each country is represented by an elected leader who serves on the Chamber's Board. One of the important aspects each representative shares is they chose to move to Dallas and surrounding areas.

Among the highest priorities of this group is to support and encourage involvement in the arts. That said, each Spring’s Asian Festival, the largest celebration of Asian Culture in , gives Dallasites an opportunity to be among and learn about the various forms of art and performing arts that are prized by the Asian American community. The Festival, attended by more than 8,000 in 2007, is held in Downtown Dallas. For more information about the Festival or other CC business, contact the Chamber: www.gdaacc.com, or 972-241-8250.

Your friends at All My Sons Moving & Storage want to welcome you to the sports scene in the area. Here is some information we hope you will find helpful – especially if you and your family are armchair quarterbacks!

Dallas Resources – Sports

The Dallas Cowboys

The Texas Rangers

The Dallas Stars

The Dallas Mavericks

FC Dallas

More Sports in Dallas

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