Center on Communities and Education

Partners in The School Zone

The School Zone is a collective impact partnership led by SMU’s Center on Communities and Education (CCE) within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. TSZ is comprised of 25 nonprofits, 16 public, private and charter schools, and the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD). Within Network and Task Force meetings, partners use data to drive based decision making to target resources and programs to areas of greatest student need.

Nonprofit Partners

School Partners

Early Childhood Intervention (birth-8)
Catholic Charities
Educational First Steps
Wesley-Rankin Community Center

Support for Teaching & Learning
Dallas Afterschool
Education is Freedom
Leadership DISD
Mercy Street
Rainbow Days
Readers 2 Leaders
Salesmanship Club for Youth & Family Centers
The Family Place
Trinity River Mission
Voice of Hope Ministries
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
West Dallas Community Centers

Parent Engagement
Catholic Charities
Head Start of Greater Dallas
The Concilio
Wesley-Rankin Community Center

Community Resources
Brother Bill's Helping Hand
Builders of Hope
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Serve West Dallas/SOAR
Watermark Community Church
Dallas ISD L.G. Pinkston Feeder Pattern

Elementary Schools
Arcadia Park Elementary School
Gabe P. Allen Charter School
C.F. Carr Elementary School
George W. Carver Learning Center
Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School
Amelia Earhart Elementary School
Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard
Stevens Park Elementary School
Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center

Middle Schools
Dallas Environmental Science Academy
Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center
Raul Quintanilla Middle School

High School
L.G. Pinkston High School

Private/Charter Schools
Heights Preparatory School
St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School
West Dallas Community School

For more information about becoming a partner in The School Zone, contact Esmeralda Ortiz at