Adelfa Botello Callejo Elementary School
- Grade Levels: Pre-K through 5
- Classrooms: 39
- Student Capacity: 810
- Building Size: 97,000 sq. ft.
- Site Area: 12.3 acres
- Environmentally Sustainable School
In addition to core classrooms, facility will include:
- Multi grade classroom
- Science classroom
- Art classroom
- Music classroom
- Two computer labs
- Special needs classroom
- Behavioral classroom
- Small group classroom
- Speech classroom
- Designed to meet Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools criteria
- Designed to meet city of Dallas green building ordinance
- Light-colored roof to reduce heat gain
- Reduced water consumption by use of efficient plumbing fixtures.
- Building design to produce at least a 17% reduction in net energy use from IECC baseline.
- Improved energy performance by using geothermal (ground source heat pump) HVAC system.
- Specified materials meet recycled content guidelines.
- Building is planned to facilitate collection and separation of recyclable materials.
- Natural day lighting is provided for all Classrooms.
- Low-emitting materials specified for all Classrooms and staff areas.
Site Special Features:
- The primary “front door” of the school is well defined and provides a clear indication of entry into the school from Military Parkway.
- From Buckner Boulevard, a secondary “front door” of the school serves the bus drop-off and provides access into either the Gymnasium or Cafeteria for morning pre-class activities.
- Play field and playground elements are shielded from neighboring properties by maintaining the existing densely wooded site edges on the north and west.
- Classroom wings are oriented to minimize exposure to harsh west sun.
- Drive-up entry plazas at parent and bus drop-off areas.
Biography of Adelfa Botello Callejo
Attorney and civil rights activist Adelfa Botello Callejo has impacted the lives of countless Dallas Hispanic residents through her tireless efforts to eliminate racial barriers and improve equality in education.
Callejo was born on June 10, 1923, in Millett, Texas, to a father who emigrated from Mexico and a Mexican-American mother. She graduated from Cotulla High School in 1939 and moved to California, where she lived for several years. Upon her return to the Dallas area, she worked as a secretary during the day and attended night school at Southern Methodist University, studying simultaneously for her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees. Smart, determined, and persistent, Callejo is the first Hispanic woman to have graduated from the SMU Dedman School of Law and the first to practice law in Dallas. For 45 years, she has been a partner at Callejo and Callejo, where her career has focused on personal injury, family, and criminal law.
Callejo is known for always seeing a situation through to its resolution and for her ability to rally impressive grassroots support. A leader in the Hispanic community, she is a member and former regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, former director of the State Bar of Texas, and founder and past president of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, among many other leadership positions.
Among her numerous awards and honors, she has received the LULAC Hispanic Entrepreneurship Award, the Hispanic National Bar Association Juarez-Lincoln Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award, the Dallas Women Lawyers Louise B. Raggio Award, the Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Equal Justice Award from Legal Services of North Texas. In addition, her alma mater, the SMU Dedman School of Law, has named the Adelfa Botello Callejo Leadership and Latino Studies Institute in her honor.