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DeSoto ISD’s Academic Enhancement and Excellence Magnet Academies are designed to create rich learning experiences to support students’ academic growth and development.

DeSoto ISD is where students explore various and diverse academic disciplines on their journeys toward discovering their purpose.

Choose from one of our seven magnet academies to give your child the advantage he or she deserves in an environment designed to position your scholar to access academic equity, excellence and exposure.

Apply today to secure your child’s seat in the DeSoto ISD A2E2 program. The process is quick, easy and accessible.


In October 2017, DeSoto ISD announced the district’s receipt of a $15 million United States Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant to support magnet and special programs development in the district as well as the diversification of the district student population.

The Academies for Academic Enhancement and Excellence (A2E2) Grant, is aimed at equity, excellence and exposure for all students through field-based learning excursions, project-based learning, industry site visits and career and professional shadowing across industries in and around the metroplex.

DeSoto ISD was selected to receive this funding under the United States Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program. These grants assist in the desegregation of public schools by supporting the elimination, reduction and prevention of minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools with substantial numbers of minority group students. In order to meet the statutory purposes of the program, projects must also support the development and implementation of magnet schools that assist in the achievement of systemic reforms and provide all students with the opportunity to meet challenging academic content and achievement standards.

These projects will support the development and design of innovative education methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public education programs. The program supports capacity development–the ability of a school to help all of its students meet more challenging standards–through professional development and other enrichment opportunities that enable the continued operation of the magnet schools at a high level of performance after the funding ends.

The program supports the implementation of courses of instruction in magnet schools that strengthen students’ knowledge of core academic subjects and their grasp of marketable vocational skills.

 Our Campuses

1500 Heritage Blvd., Glenn Heights, TX 75154
Phone 972-230-2881
Fax: 972-274-8073

707 Young Blvd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-6505
Fax: 972-274-8221

1001 Woodridge, DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-223-3800
Fax: 972-274-8204

1016 The Meadows Pkwy., DeSoto TX 75115
Phone: 972-224-2960
Fax: 972-228-7908

1500 Majestic Meadows Dr., Glenn Heights, TX 75154
Phone: 972-274-8090
Fax: 972-274-8099

600 Eagle Dr., DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972-230-0726
Fax: 972-274-8115

 Our Dedicated Staff


Melissa Gipson

A2E2 Director

Ashley Parks

A2E2 Co-Director

Sandra Lee

Grant Administrative Assistant

Heidi Williams

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Kenneth Miller

Career and Technical Education Strategist

Elexia White

Primary Theme Strategist

C. Rena' Thomas

Communications Coordinator

Sandra Hogg

Grant ELAR Facilitator

Theresa Cockran

The Meadows STEAM Magnet Academy Lead Master Teacher

Nadiyah Williams

Frank Moates Blended Learning Master Teacher

Christopher Polk

Curtistene McCowan Fine Arts Magnet Academy Master Teacher

Lauren Stewart

Frank Moates Blended Learning Lead Master Teacher

David Fuller

The Meadows STEAM Magnet Academy Master Teacher

Dr. Sophia Jones

Woodridge Fine Arts Academy Master Teacher

Tracy Heath

Grant Math Facilitator

Nikisha Patton Handy

Ruby Young STEM Academy Master Teacher

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