April 10, 2019 Media Update

DeSoto ISD Parents and Community:

On April 9, 2019, The Dallas Morning News published information regarding proposed programmatic changes at Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy.

The proposed information was presented to the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees at the April 8, 2019, Board Workshop Meeting with the intent to share a plan to provide an option for the community’s desire for an environment for academically-gifted students.

While the proposal did not specifically identify a particular campus in DeSoto ISD, following the DMN’s story, the district confirms Katherine Johnson as a probable location for the proposed Lab School. The DeSoto ISD Lab School will mirror the Lab School at the University of Honolulu and the Lab School at the University of Chicago. The DeSoto ISD Lab School, as currently proposed, will serve students in grades Pre-K through sixth with eventual plans to expand to 12th grade.

We are excited about creating this opportunity for the students and families of DeSoto ISD and are collaborating with various agencies to develop a unique learning environment. In fact, we are in the process of establishing a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin to support the redesign of the campus’ curriculum and programming.

More information regarding this proposal will be made available following the April 15, 2019, special called meeting at which time the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees will vote on items related to the upcoming school year. Pending Board approval, we will announce application and assessment opportunities as well as dates and times for informational meetings for families of current and prospective students interested in applying for the program.