Charity Challenge: Where Special Kids Shine | Rise School | Update the Metroplex

Charity Challenge: Where Special Kids Shine | Rise School

The Rise School of Dallas was built out of dedication – John and Wendy Poston wanted the best education possible for their son, William, who has Down syndrome.

When they couldn’t find what they wanted in Dallas, they worked out a way to create it here.

That was 15 years ago; today, Rise has developed a culture of dedication – where lead teachers love their jobs and stick with them, assistants get in line to move up, and children both with and without learning delays populate the waiting list.

The program is that good.

The key is that each classroom includes about seven children with Down syndrome or delayed learning, as well as three to five children “typical learners,” those without any impediment to learning. This approach has given a boost to the whole range of students.

The school is housed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where it is a ministry of the congregation. The school has five classrooms and operates year-round, with breaks similar to those in local school districts.

Rise maintains a 3:1 child-teacher ratio; each classroom has one lead teacher with two assistants. The school has partnerships with the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas Woman’s University for training and research.

BFSIR - Rise School of Dallas - Culture Map


Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to support the great work of The Rise School.


For the third year, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is teaming up with to highlight 16 organizations doing good work across North Texas.

Readers have the opportunity to vote for the charity of their choice, both at and

The winners will receive a special CultureMap digital promotion package that will allow them spread the good word about their great works.

Voting closes Dec. 29, and winners will be announced Jan. 5.

Log on to and cast your vote for an outstanding organization.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.  

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