Mary Grimes Education Center is an integral part of our school district's commitment to serve all students from entry to graduation. Mary Grimes Education Center provides a setting for high school students whose needs are not met in the traditional school.
Mary Grimes has been recognized as an exemplary program. It has received the Governor's Award of Excellence and served as one of eighteen mentor high schools in Texas, the only alternative program chosen. In addition, the school helps Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD achieve one of the lowest dropout rates in the state.
Mary Grimes is quite different from the traditional high school. The program focuses on individualized, accelerated courses and flexible scheduling. Small classes and a small student body enable teachers to collaborate on methods to improve student achievement.
Classes at Mary Grimes are not delineated by grade level. Students enroll with a teacher who is responsible for multi-course instruction in a particular subject area. Students receive course outlines when they enroll in a class. Each course requires a minimum passing grade of 80% on all assignments.
Courses are designed to be completed in six weeks, the equivalent of a traditional school semester. However, since students work at their own pace, they may finish a course in less than six weeks. For those students who need more time to learn concepts, the process may take longer.
Student needs are met through flexible scheduling. School hours vary according to student work schedules. Students may attend school from 8:45am to 4:00 pm .