Oak Cliff April 2017 : Page 26

Your printing and promotional products source Dr. Gary & Anne Dye oracio Silva met trou-ble at his Oak Cliff middle school. He had to fight, to prove himself a tough guy every day, he says. But four years ago, he entered Tri-ni Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College as a high school freshman. Garza is a Dallas ISD high school located on the Mountain View campus, where students can earn college credits for free while completing their high school diplomas. Silva is one of 81 Garza seniors, out of a class of 99, who will have an associate’s degree when he graduates from high school this spring. All of that childish drama disappeared as soon as he started high school, Silva says. Garza students have more freedom — to walk outside between classes, to visit a snack machine or make a phone call, for example — and they are held personally responsible for getting to their college courses. “They treat us like adults,” says Silva, who plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business and own a car dealership. “My mentality is way different now.” H Dallas Center REALTORS W eAr eOakCliff.com Right: Freshman Chris Zavala does biology pre-AP work. Below: An aquaponic system in the environmental science classroom holds sweet million tomato plants and mosquitofish. Christina Bristow COMING SOON! REALTOR ® 214.418.3766 | christina@dallascitycenter.com COMING SOON! 655 Kessler Reserve Gated Creek Lot 707 Shady Lane Modern on Stunning Lot 4,350 sq ft • $1,390,000 26 5,100 sq ft oakcliff.advocatemag.com APRIL 2017

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