DeSoto ISD Family Academy AND Magnet Showcase – Dual Event!

DeSoto student Addyson Walton was the grand prize winner of a $1,000 scholarship from MyLifeWerks. The company also donated two tablets that were won by students.

DeSoto student Addyson Walton was the grand prize winner of a $1,000 scholarship from MyLifeWerks. The company also donated two tablets that were won by students.


Cockrell Hill Linguistics Mandarin Chinese teacher taught students and parents how to write their name in Mandarin using water brush paint techniques on a magic cloth.


Amber Terrace Discovery & Design staff and students show off their exploring ways. The program has an early explorers STEM program.

DESOTO, TX — The Magnet Showcase drew interested families in from Dallas, Mesquite, Waxahachie and all of the Best Southwest to learn about the 15 magnet programs available in DeSoto ISD and how they can apply. The Family Academy had hundreds of district families on hand to attend workshop sessions and hear from guest speaker Melvin Adams, a former Harlem Globetrotter. Combining the two events – with free breakfast and food trucks for lunch bookending the events – meant over twelve hundred guests at DeSoto High School from 8 a.m. to noon!

After breakfast, a welcome, and student performances, hundreds of parents and students attended workshops on topics ranging from STAAR/EOC test information, ACT/SAT, college readiness, graduation plans, IB programs, financial literacy, PTA membership, parent involvement, and much more. Student classes include sessions on respect, leadership, character building, and bullying. Family Academy participants then toured the Magnet Showcase before the keynote speaker.

The Magnet Showcase – taking place through the campus foyer and hallway – ran concurrently with the Family Academy as a come-and-go event. DeSoto ISD has added magnet programs with vertical alignment from fine arts and medical to STEAM and pre-law/leadership. Each magnet program had an area set-up to explain what their program includes and the benefits of program-based learning. That included performances by Woodridge Fine Arts, a store and restaurant through Eagleopolis at Northside Business and Law, gardening with Ruby Young Medical and Environmental Sciences, Mandarin Chinese with Cockrell Hill Linguistics, and much more.

All attendees were invited to stay for the keynote speaker, Melvin Adams. Adams retired from the Globetrotters in 2000 to pursue his passion for reaching America’s youth. He engages audiences with ball skills and humor while motivating students, and adults, to lift up all children.

What are the DeSoto ISD Magnet and Innovative Programs?
Currently, DeSoto ISD has 15 magnet and innovative programs that students can apply to starting December 19, 2016 through January 23, 2017 for elementary and middle schools; January 30 for high schools.

It’s what every parent wants – a learning experience that engages their child, supports his or her interests, and opens pathways to success. Simply put, we are giving students and their parents the power of choice – based on personal interests and passions to take ownership in their educational experience.

• Collegiate Magnet Program (Associate Degree at DHS)
• Early College High School (Associate Degree at DHS)
• International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DHS)
• iSTEAM3D Magnet Academies (All three middle schools)
• West International Male Leadership Magnet Academy (Gr. 6-8)
• East Medical Magnet Academy (Gr. 6-8)
• McCowan Fine Arts Magnet Academy (Gr. 6-8)
• Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy (PreK)
• Northside Business and Law Magnet Academy (Gr. 3-5)
• Ruby Young Medical & Environmental Sciences Magnet Academy (Gr. 3-5)
• Woodridge Fine Arts Magnet Academy (Gr. K-5)
• Cockrell Hill Linguistics Magnet Academy (Gr. K-5)
• The Meadows STEAM Magnet Academy (Gr. 1-5)
• Frank D. Moates Blended Learning Magnet Academy (Gr. 2-5)