Oak Cliff residents take advantage of the outstanding educational opportunities found through the Dallas Independent School District (DISD), the 12th-largest public school district in the U.S. Approximately 16,000 students are enrolled in one of 225 schools composing the district, with more than 21,000 employees making up the staff and faculty—making it one of the largest employers in Dallas.
Voters passed a $1.37 billion building program that has resulted in the addition of 20 new school facilities and more than 1,500 classrooms, plus major renovations to its existing schools. The products of this major investment include smaller student-to-teacher ratios, advanced technology in the way of technology and science labs, and ultimately an enhanced learning environment for students. Through this bond program, the Oak Cliff area has received five new elementary schools and one new middle school, along with renovations and/or additions to the already established facilities—including W.H. Adamson High School, one of the oldest schools in the city.
In addition to the Dallas ISD, a small portion of Oak Cliff’s southeastern portion is served by the Wilmer Hutchins School District, and several neighborhoods in the southwest section of Oak Cliff enroll in the Duncanville Independent School District.
Supporting the success of the Dallas Independent School District and more than a dozen other public school systems in the area is Dallas County Schools. This entity stands as a school district/governmental agency designed to provide invaluable assistance to more than 425,000 students in Dallas County, including transportation, instructional media, psychological and technology-related services.
A host of excellent charter schools and private institutions are readily available to pre-kindergarten through high school students as well. Oak Cliff is home to La Academia de Estrellas, an excellent K-5 public charter school that has plans to add grades 6-8 in the near future; the J. Erik Jonsson Community School, a nonprofit facility available for 3-year-olds through fifth grade students; and the Dallas Can! Academy for at-risk high school students.
The Kessler School, located within the Kessler Park United Methodist Church, offers private, pre-K to fourth grade curriculum, while St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School provides education for pre-K(4) to eighth grade students. KIPP TRUTH Academy established a middle school (5-8) facility in the Oak Cliff area in the fall of 2003. Tyler Street Christian Academy (pre-K to 12th grade), Canterbury Episcopal School (K-12) and Bishop Dunne Catholic School (6-12) are among further options for private schools.