Lakewood boasts the historic Lakewood Theater, which shows classic films and hosts many contemporary musical and comedy events, and the popular Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens . Surrounding the Lakewood Theater is an entire neighborhood of trendy restaurants, shopping venues, such as Green Living Dallas' first eco-friendly independent store, and historical landmarks such as the Dixie House Cafe. One of the year's highlights is the massive Lakewood Fourth of July Parade and Celebration.
Each fall, the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for Lakewood Elementary with its Fall Home Festival and Tour.
Lakewood is also home to Lakewood Country Club. Built in 1912, Lakewood Country Club’s three-story clubhouse overlooked a woodland that rolled and tumbled pleasantly over this fast growing East Dallas neighborhood. The Club’s founding fathers knew that the land at the corner of Gaston and Abrams would be a perfect spot for Dallas’ second 18-hole golf course.
Lakehill Preparatory School is a fully accredited college preparatory school in the Lakewood neighborhood of east Dallas, Texas (U.S.). The school is accredited through a number of bodies including the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, which works through the State Commissioner of Education.
The school was founded in 1971. The main campus is located on Hillside Drive in the heart of Lakewood. The campus sits on 6 acres (24,000 m2) and houses classrooms, a gymnasium, an auditorium, two libraries, multiple science and computer labs, and the Charles J. Wyly, Jr. Auditorium. The 17-acre (69,000 m2) Roger L. Perry Campus is located just four miles (6 km) from the Main Campus. Built in 2001, this campus is home to the Warrior Athletic Complex and the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center.
The Warrior Athletic Complex offers a football stadium, baseball field, softball field, four tennis courts, and a field house. In September 2009, Lakehill opened the Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, a 6,500-square-foot (600 m2) silver LEED certified building.
On Sunday, March 1, 2009, a fire broke out in the school's gym. Although the fire had rendered the gym unusable, a new state-of-the-art gymnasium was opened in September 2009.
Currently, the school is celebrating it's 40th anniversary, and hosted its first ever homecoming parade in October 2011.
Lakehill offers football, basketball, volleyball, cross country, track, baseball, golf, and tennis to students in grades 7-12
For more info go to www.LakehillPrep.org
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School strives to educate children of parishioners who desire a Catholic education. STA seeks to develop the highest possible level of potential in each child, both as a person and as a Christian. The needs of the individual and their potential for good will be considered foremost in each decision and policy of the school.
For more info go to www.staschool.org
Lakewood Elementary School is a unique blend of tradition and innovation. This combination helps us to achieve our school’s mission: “To prepare Lakewood Elementary students to become self-motivated problem solvers through the setting and modeling of high standards in a socially diverse community.” In pursuing our mission, we add value to each student. As a Texas Education Agency Exemplary school, Lakewood’s influence and opportunities give children a solid basis for success in life. Lakewood is a Blue Ribbon School (2008) The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. For more info go to www.lakewoodelementary.net
J. L. Long Middle School was certified as a candidate school for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in May 2011. As such it now offers IB MYP curriculum and now teaches Mandarin Chinese. Less than two dozen public middle schools in Texas are official IB schools. For more info go to www.jllong.com/
Woodrow Wilson High School is the first in Dallas to begin offering Pre-International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme classes for 2010-11 Freshmen. It was one of four IB candidate schools in Texas. After a successful site visit by International Baccalaureate Organization in November, 2010 the school was accredited as an official IB World School by the Geneva, Switzerland headquarters in March, 2011. For more info go to www.woodrowwildcats.org/
Neighborhood Events, Entertainment and Attractions
The Lakewood 4th of July Parade is a 40 year old neighborhood tradition organized by a group of dedicated volunteers for the enjoyment of the kids. www.lakewoodparade.com
The Dallas White Rock Marathon is a marathon that has taken place in December in Dallas, Texas since 1971. An official time from the Dallas White Rock Marathon can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The course is both hilly and flat involving running through downtown Dallas as well as the area surrounding White Rock Lake. In recent years, it has included the Mayor's 5K race, a five person relay, and a half-marathon in addition to the traditional marathon race. The main beneficiary of the race is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. www.runtherock.com
Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare Dallas has invited audiences to enjoy accessible productions in an open-air amphitheatre since 1971, reaching over 50,000 people every summer and fall. www.shakespearedallas.org
The Dallas Arboretum, one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Dallas, features
66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake. The Arboretum is home to seasonal outdoor festivals, concerts, art shows and more. Throughout the year, guests enjoy both indoor and outdoor dining in either Restaurant DeGolyer in our historic DeGolyer House or on the Lula Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace overlooking downtown Dallas. www.dallasarboretum.org
The Lakewood Home Festival, which is held in November of each year. Currently in its 34th year, the Lakewood Home Festival includes a home tour featuring six unique and spectacular homes in Lakewood, an Auction Party, market and café. In 2009, the Home Festival raised approximately $103,000, which went to Lakewood Elementary, JL Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. www.lecpta.org/lakewoodhomefestival/default.htm
The White Rock Lake Artists’ Studio Tour FREE, Self-paced Art Tour. Over 50 artists and 5 art centers: Visit artist studios and see artwork in all its stages. Talk to artists about ideas, processes, and materials. Explore the places where art happens! Located In neighborhood settings surrounding White Rock Lake: Visit studios large and small and as interesting as the work created within. www.whiterockartists.com/
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