Will Single-Gender Schools Make A Difference?


WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE WEEKEND? METEOROLOGIST SCOTT PADGETT WILL HAVE YOUR UPDATED FORECAST IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. SINGLE GENDER SCHOOLS, MORE ARE POPPING UP IN DALLAS ISD SPECIFICALLY THE SOUTHEAST DALLAS PLEASANT GROVE AREA. THE QUESTION WILL THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE? CBS11 STEVE PICKETT LIVE IN PLEASANT GROVE WITH ONE OF THE SCHOOLS MAKING THE CHANGE THIS YEAR. Reporter: YEAH, KALEY. QUITE THE CHANGE IT IS. AS YOU MENTIONED THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL. BUT THE NAME CHANGE IS REFLECTION OF A SHIFT IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING AT FLORENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL, YOUNG MENS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. THIS NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THIS SCHOOL, THIS SCHOOL WELCOMES BOYS ONLY. IT’S A GOOD THING. TWIN BROTHERS PLAYED ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD FOR FLORENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THIS IS WHAT THEY PRACTICED. LIFE IN A SINGLE GENDER, ALL BOY SCHOOL SETTING. STARTING MONDAY 1000 OTHER BOYS WILL JOIN THEM. INSIDE DALLAS ISD LARGEST ALL BOY SCHOOL. BOTH SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL BECOMES THE LARGEST ALL GIRL SCHOOL. BOTH CONVERTED TO SINGLE GENDER BASED ON THE APPEALS FROM PARENTS. AND WHAT WE ARE HEARING FROM PARENTS IS THAT IS SOMETHING THEY WANT. AND WE INTEND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT WE KNOW STUDENTS OFTEN NEED. OKAY, ALL RIGHT. Reporter: THESE SCHOOLS ARE NEIGHBORHOOD BASED. THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK. Reporter: FAMILY DON’T APPLY OR AUDITION TO WEAR THE UNIFORMS. THEY SPENT LAST HERE WITH 100 OTHER BOYS IN A SEPARATE SETTING TO GAUGE THE ACADEMIC OUTCOME. SO WE ARE JUST EXCITED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEM THIS. Reporter: THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE THEM A BETTER EDUCATION, A BETTER ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT HERE AT THIS NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. AS MENTIONED DALLAS ISD ALREADY HAS GENDER SCHOOLS BUT THEY ARE MAGNET SCHOOLS, THE BACK OBAMA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, THE GIRLS ACADEMY, HAVE YOU TO APPLY TO GET IN THOSE SCHOOLS. THAT ST. DIFFERENCE HERE, THIS IS A NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL ALSO THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL JUST A MILE OR SO AWAY FOR GIRLS ONLY. THEY WANT TO SEE IF THEY CAN