Booker T Washington High School for Performing & Visual Arts
Built in 1922 as Dallas’ first African-American high school, BTW became the Arts Magnet High
School in 1976, with a mission to teach a comprehensive curriculum in academics and the arts.
Students must audition to be admitted to BTWHSPVA; to remain they must maintain exemplary grades in their academic studies. Four departmental areas focus on music, dance, theater and visual arts, while all students must complete the required courses mandated under Texas state education standards. This unique curriculum has made the school a center for excellence in the Dallas ISD and an award-winning prototype for similar programs around the world.