Where is GISD?

Map of Dallas County showing district locationGarland ISD is located in the northeastern corner of Dallas County in north Texas. The school district serves the suburban cities of Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse.

As suburbs of Dallas, the communities have always had the best of both worlds; the flavor of “small towns” with the amenities that a large city has to offer. However, our fast-growing area has become a destination in its’ own right.

The Garland Independent School District comprises the three cities of Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse with an estimated population of 250,000 residents. The three communities each have a unique and storied history, with a vision for individual growth and expansion around the U.S. 190 corridor. While all three communities are unique in themselves they are one within the boundaries of the Garland Independent School District.

City of Garland

The City of Garland, Texas is located in northeast Dallas County, 15 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.  The City is known for its safe, affordable, family environment, as well as its strong industrial base. Garland is truly a unique community that has prepared for and embraced the future while staying rooted in its proud traditions of community spirit and dedication to sustaining a family-friendly environment.

From its early beginning in the mid-1800's as the communities of Embry and Duck Creek, Garland has grown to present area of 57 square miles and a population of more than 220,000 residents.  It is the second largest city in Dallas County and the 10th largest City in Texas.  Residents of the City enjoy a unique combination of a small town atmosphere and the excitement and amenities of the eighth largest metropolitan area in the country.  With the recent additions of the Firewheel Town Center Mall and the Curtis Culwell Center, the Firewheel area along U.S. 190 is exploding with growth.

City of Rowlett 

Rowlett has a strong history of family, friends and community.  The completion of the Lake Ray Hubbard project in 1971 made Rowlett a lakeside community which would provide the catalyst for growth.  From a population of 5,100 in 1978, Rowlett has grown to 50,000 residents today.

In the spring of 2003,  the City of Rowlett kicked off their downtown revitalization with the Main Street reconstruction and streetscape improvement project. The project encompasses the entire historic downtown area along with the City's municipal complex. With the DART rail and NTTA's George Bush Tollway rapidly approaching Rowlett, the City has strategically planned infrastructure and beautification projects that will kick start economic growth in the downtown area. The vicinity of Lake Ray Hubbard adds another exciting dimension to the City's plan.

City of Sachse

The City of Sachse is a community that is known for its unique identity and history.  The-abundance of open green spaces and parks provide outstanding community facilities and safe, attractive and desirable residential neighborhoods. Sachse is a rural community that is growing rapidly with the expansion of the North Dallas telecom corridor and the 190 President George Bush Turnpike extending through the southern part of the city. Mostly residential, retail and commercial businesses are beginning to develop along Highway 78. City officials and the Economic Development Corporation are hopeful that restaurants and retail establishments will develop along 190.

Sachse is approximately 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas on Highway 78; 3 miles north of Highway 190, which provides quick and easy access to Plano, Richardson, Garland, North Dallas and Central Expressway.  
The most recent population count of Sachse is approximately 16,500 as of January 1, 2006.

The President George Bush Turnpike Eastern Extension is a proposed segment from SH 78 east to IH 30. The toll road will pass through Garland, Sachse and Rowlett and will include a one-mile bridge over Dallas' Lake Ray Hubbard.


Firewheel Town CenterFirewheel Town Center in northeast Garland is one of many popular shopping malls in the metroplex. Firewheel Town Center capitalizes on the old-fashioned sense of community that thrives in our area. Instead of being a large enclosed mall, the shops are configured to resemble a small town Main Street with stores ranging from small boutiques to large department stores. A park with a bubbling creek and a koi pond is the centerpiece of the development.

The extensive area freeway system puts you within easy access of numerous other popular shopping destinations from outlet malls to upscale retail centers.


Lake Ray Hubbard, a 22,000 acre lake that borders the southeastern part of the district, is popular for fishing and boating. Harbor Point – a development anchored by a Bass Pro Shop location - is on Interstate 30 within district boundaries. Several golf courses, both private and municipal, thrive in the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse communities.

White Rock LakeThe Dallas/Fort Worth area offers a full spectrum of professional sports franchises and facilities, including baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and a motor speedway. Musical venues range from intimate clubs to huge concert halls and arenas. The area also offers a variety of museums, amusement parks, and weekend events.

Like to travel in your spare time? Several major interstate highways pass through the Dallas area. For out-of-town trips, we have easy access to two airports - Love Field and D/FW International. The AMTRAK “Texas Eagle” runs between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio. Locally, Garland and Rowlett are both members of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system. The Blue Line of the DART rail system has two stations in Garland, and eventually will extend into Rowlett. Riders can zip to downtown Dallas and other destinations in just minutes via the DART train.