West Dallas consists of a melting pot of new immigrant families and a core of families who have lived in the area for several generations. A struggling community, 66% of adults lack a high school diploma.
There is a high rate of drug abuse, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy and gang affiliation.
Approximately 45% are African American and 52% are of Hispanic descent. There has been a significant increase in Asian residents in the community as well.
The youth program participants of Voice of Hope are less likely to be involved in drug abuse, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy or gang affiliation, but they are three times more likely to pass the TAAS test, stay in school and experience academic success.
Public education in west Dallas is provided by the Irving and Dallas Independent School Districts. Dallas schools cover over 90% of the area - only areas on the north side of the original channel of Westmoreland and on the west side of the original channel of Mountain Creek attend Irving schools.
All students zoned to Dallas schools attend Thomas A. Edison Middle Learning Center and L. G. Pinkston High School, as well as one of the following elementary schools:
• C. F. Carr Elementary School
• Sequoyah Learning Center
• George W. Carver Learning Center
• Amelia Earhart Elementary School
• Lorenzo DeZavala Elementary School
• Sidney Lanier Elementary School Vanguard for Expressive Arts
• Eladio R. Martinez Learning Center
• Gabe P. Allen Elementary School
All students zoned to Irving schools attend Bowie Middle School and Nimitz High School. Students living on the north side of the original channel of the West Fork of the Trinity River attend Schulze Elementary School and students living on the west side of the original channel of Mountain Creek attend Townley Elementary School.