The SMART program is a local prevention effort of the Dallas Independent School District (also known as the Dallas Public Schools). The Dallas Public Schools is the tenth largest urban school district in the nation. It encompasses an area of 351 square miles and includes all or portions of the municipalities of Addison, Balch Springs, Carroilton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Mesquite, Seagoville, and University Park.
There are 154 elementary schools, 25 middle schools (grades 7-8); 21 high schools (grades 9-12); 7 magnet schools, 10 alternative programs and 1 special education center. The student composition is 159,990 students with 100,998 elementary students; 22,567 middle school students; and 36,425 high school students. The ethnic composition of students is 49.4% Hispanic; 39.4% African American; 9.2% White; 1.6% Asian; and 0.4% American Indian. The SMART program will target male and female students in elementaiy school (grade 6); middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-10).
The SMART program will include curriculum for intervention that has been approved by the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs to support "best practices" for prevention of alcohol and early sexual experiences that lead to unintended pregnancy and substantial risks to adolescents. The primary focus of the SMART program is abstinence.
Males and females will enter the SMART program in grade 6 and continue the curriculum and strategies through high school. Participants will engage in more than 110 hours of knowledge and skill activities each year through eight components: 1) curriculum discussions; 2) role model presentations from community partners; 3) parental involvement; 4) mentors identified for the students; 5) physical fitness classes provided after school; 6) cultural enrichment strategies; 7) community service activities; and 8) other events.