Schools of all sorts will set up shop in the Stockyards soon.

The reason? To inform Tarrant County parents about their choices for their children’s education.

Families Empowered is hosting the Tarrant County School Fair 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Fort Worth Stockyards Stampede Room, 140 E. Exchange Ave. The event is free.

Colleen Dippel is the founder and CEO of Families Empowered, a Texas nonprofit that provides parents with free support to help them learn about their options in K-12 education.

“Our goal is simple: Make certain parents know they have choices and power when it comes to determining what is best for their children’s education,” Dippel said in a statement.

Parents who attend can receive assistance in English and Spanish, according to a news release. Participants include traditional independent school districts, charters, private schools, virtual options and homeschooling groups.

Schools and groups participating are:

  • Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
  • BASIS Texas
  • Bear Creek Family Dentistry
  • Cristo Rey College Prep Fort Worth
  • Great Hearts Prairie View
  • Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
  • Fort Worth ISD Gold Seal Programs & Schools of Choice
  • Harmony Public Schools
  • Harmony Public Schools NTX Secondary
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School – Grapevine
  • International Leadership of Texas
  • Merryhill School
  • Northstar School
  • Parent Shield Fort Worth
  • Park Row Christian Academy
  • Riverside Applied Learning Center (FWISD)
  • Rocketship Public School Texas
  • San Marcos Academy
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Classical School
  • Trinity Basin Preparatory

Dippel stressed her group does not believe any school is better than another. Instead, Families Empowered wants to equip parents with the resources to make the best choice for their children, she said.

“Nothing is more empowering than knowing you have options — and parents have options they may not even know exist,” Dippel said.

The event also will feature activities, such as face painting, for children. 

Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise journalist for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

Creative Commons License

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, by following our guidelines.

Avatar photo

Jacob SanchezEnterprise Reporter

Jacob Sanchez is an enterprise reporter for the Fort Worth Report. His work has appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram, The Texas Tribune and the Texas Observer. He is a graduate of St. Edward’s University....