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DeSoto ISD is reintroducing the power of CHOICE. Starting in the 2023-2024 academic year, DeSoto ISD will restructure schools to offer the following academic opportunities:


K-5 Neighborhood Schools:

Neighborhood schools reflect the character, investment, partnership, and needs of the neighborhoods in which they reside, These schools are built on the premise of community and engagement, a space that feels like home and where students and families find belongingness and inclusion within the campus community.

  • Frank Moates Elementary
  • Cockrell Hill Elementary
  • The Meadows Elementary

Choice Programs:


DeSoto ISD plans to reintroduce six special programs for the 2022-2023 academic year to provide clear and strong programmatic choices for families in DeSoto and Glenn Heights,

The programs will offer a range of specializations across a number of academic disciplines for K-12 scholars in the district.


The programs are as follows:

West Middle School Male Leadership Academy 
  • Accepting applications for rising 6th-grade male scholars  for 2023-2024
Katherine Johnson Tech Magnet Academy specializes in aviation and aeronautics for scholars in grades K-8
  • Accepting applications for rising K-7th grade scholars for 2023-2024
Ruby Young Personalized STEAM Academy for K-8 scholars specializing in horticulture, agriculture, and environmental science
  • Accepting applications for rising K-7th grade scholars for 2023-2024
Early College High School and Collegiate Magnet Academy for advanced academics and college credit in partnership with Dallas Colleges. 
  • Accepting applications for rising 9th grade scholars for 2023-2024
Woodridge Classical Academy for Arts and Humanities
  • Accepting applications for rising K-5th grade scholars for 2023-2024
Amber Terrace Discover and Design Early Childhood Learning Center for PK3 and PK4 scholars
  • Accepting applications for rising PK3 and PK4 scholars for 2023-2024

About DeSoto ISD Choice Programs


West Middle School Male Leadership Academy:

WMS Male Leadership Academy will accept applicants for rising 6th-grade boys for the 2023-2024 academic year at West Middle School. The school-within-a-school model will create a focused learning environment for adolescent male scholars built on personal pride, belongingness, brotherhood, and camaraderie. Iron sharpens iron and in the WMS Male Leadership Academy, scholars will be positioned to soar.

  • Why West Male Leadership Academy:
  • High expectations centered around the adolescent male psyche
  • An environment that supports pride, brotherhood, camaraderie to increase scholar investment and academic achievement, and engagement
  • Small school-within-a-school cohort model that will allow students to matriculate alongside their peers
  • Male leadership-focused experiences and capstone projects designed to clarify, support, and enhance self-awareness and personal growth

Ruby Young Personalized STEAM Academy:

Ruby Young Personalized STEAM Academy will accept applications for scholars in K-8 grade interested in environmental science and agriculture as supported by partnerships like Texas A&M,  Prairie View A&M, and Paul Quinn College among others. Imagine a world where students embark on daily learning adventures in nature where science and tech come to life to sustain the world around us.

Why Ruby Young PSA

  • K-8 campus structure provides consistency for scholars and families to learn and grow within a campus community Deep partnerships with colleges, universities, and content-related organizations widen, enrich and extend learning opportunities
  • The outdoor learning garden provides real-world experiences through project-based learning and field excursions that will extend educational enrichment beyond the classroom.Opportunities for exposure to animal husbandry, agriculture, and STEM, particularly, technology for students at every grade levelExposure to other STEAM-based experiences like drone academy supported via a partnership with DeSoto PD and Fire; 3D printing, culinary arts, and more
  • Opportunities for extracurricular experiences for 7th and 8th-grade scholars including band, cheer, and athletics.

Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

Katherine Johnson Tech Magnet Academy will accept applications for academically inclined rising K-8 scholars who are interested in STEM with specializations in aerospace and aviation honoring the legacy of the school's namesake and her brave pursuit of math-focus space aviation in a time that required courage and an audacious spirit through project-based learning. The Defense industry in DFW is the 4th largest industry.  All of the Defense companies in the industry focus on aerospace and aviation. Building a school that prepares a pipeline into companies like Boeing, SAFRAN, Bell, Northup Grumman, L3Harris, Raytheon Technologies, or Lockheed Martin would give our students a competitive advantage in the DFW job market in which minorities are sorely underrepresented.

  • Why KJTMA:
    • Academic admissions-based setting designed for high-performing K-8 scholarsOpportunities for family learning experiences that engage parents and caregivers.
    • Opportunities for extracurricular experiences for 7th and 8th-grade scholars including band, cheer, and athletics.

Early College High School and Collegiate Magnet Academy

Early College High School and Collegiate Magnet Academy will accept applications for rising 9th and 10the grade scholars seeking opportunities in an academically accelerated, college-access setting via a partnership with Dallas Colleges which seeks to provide students the opportunity to pursue college credit and obtain an associate degree at no cost to the student or family.


Woodridge Classical Arts and Humanities Academy


Woodridge Classical Arts and Humanities Academy will accept applications for rising kindergarten through 5th-grade scholars seeking opportunities in art- and humanities-focused elementary environments in which students will study and engage in the visual and performing arts such as foundational drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, music, and theatre alongside English/language arts, history, and cultural studies.


Amber Terrace Discovery and Design Early Childhood Learning Center

Amber Terrace Discovery and Design Early Childhood Learning Center will accept applications for rising PK3 and PK4 scholars. This environment will provide early childhood education designed to build a strong learning foundation rooted in literacy ancy with opportunities for arts, project-based learning, and STEM.