• Campus 40, Joe Dale Sparks


    The Texas Juvenile Probation Commission recently conducted an on-site monitoring visiit at the Juvenile Probation Department and gave Denton Independent School District's Campus 40 program the highest ratings in the state.

    Campus 40 is the district's juvenile detention program.  A portion of this juvenile detention audit involved reviewing the daily program schedule, school caledar, educational curriculum and the method used by the school district to identify and serve special education students at that campus.

    The audit result for juvenile detention was 99.77 percent and 100 percent for the post adjudication program.  To date, the scores are the highest in the state for facilities with these programs.

    The county staff involved in the program include: Judge Kimberly McCary, Denton County Juvenile Board chair; Ken Metcalf, Director for Juvenile Detention for DCJDC, and Matt Marick, Deputy Director of Juvenile Detention for DCJDC. and Tracy Oliphant, Deputy Director of Institutions.


    The Denton ISD staff includes: Anthony Sims, principal; Jenneal Vincent, secretary and registrar; Elizabeth Hernandez, court liaison.


    Something to Brag About

    ·         Recipient of the 2006 Governor’s Excellence Grant 

    ·         Highest Rated Juvenile Detention Center and School in Texas in 2006 and 2015

    ·         Teachers are multi-level, multi-subject certified.

    ·         Differentiated, interactive learning for 10 yr olds thru 17 yr olds  

    ·         Engaged in instruction together in the classrooms

    ·         More than fifty percent of all fulltime personnel have been at this campus for 10 or more years.

    ·         Began Professional Learning Communities in 2006 before PLC’s were cool – also content vocabulary-and are still utilizing

    ·         Dedicated, effective,  and caring teachers for students in detention

    ·         Students make two to three year gains in Math and Reading while at Sparks -sometimes more

    ·         Parents frequently ask if their children can continue school at JDS Campus and offer to pay tuition in order to do so.

    ·         Always received highest rating possible in Alternatively Evaluated Schools.

    ·         Attendance is consistently near 100%. (this is very difficult)

    ·         There are no cell phones, IPODs, or gaming devices to distract the students.

    ·         Students have regular meals and a consistent sleep schedule.

    ·         Each year there is a cultural fair with foods from many countries.

    ·         Ninety-five percent of attempted credits are earned.

    ·         Security staff in every classroom

    ·         Low student to teacher ratio

    ·         TAKs  scores for our students who were enrolled on the snapshot day-
     Reading 100%     Social Studies 100%    Science 100%      Math 88%

    ·         Has a principal that is dedicated to keeping the campus up with the times and is a fierce advocate for the students, teachers, and program at Joe Dale Sparks.