High school magnet programs

Accelerated Math & Science

Get on the fast track to success with Garland ISD’s new Accelerated Math & Science program at North Garland High School. This unique focus provides the opportunity to advance faster, taking more math and science classes throughout high school.

Once a student is accepted into the Accelerated Math and Science Program they will be considered for one of the three math/science tracks:

  • Math/Science Track
  • Fast Math/Science Track
  • Super Fast Math/Science Track

For additional information view the Accelerated Math & Science Program presentation.

Requirements

  • Open to current 8th and 9th grade applicants
  • 80+ percentile on reading and math achievement tests
  • Pass STAAR/EOC
  • Passing grades in core subjects
  • No serious discipline issues

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For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:
North Garland High School Accelerated Math & Science

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

College & Career Magnet (includes Classical)

The College & Career Magnet program, housed at Lakeview Centennial High School, is designed to prepare motivated students for entering college.

Through college-level courses or career exploration, students have the opportunity to leave high school with the educational foundation and critical thinking skills to pursue future goals.

Programs in the magnet are available as part of three different strands:

  • College - This strand includes the Collegiate Academy. The Collegiate Academy is a special component of the magnet with higher eligibility requirements and its own application. Visit the Collegiate Academy page to learn more.
  • Career - This strand includes the School of Business, Law and Criminal Justice, Future Teacher Internship and Television and Broadcasting components.
  • Classical - This strand is a continuation of the Classical magnet programs at Vial and Brandenburg.

See below for more information about specific components on the different strands.

College

This strand includes the Collegiate Academy. The Collegiate Academy is a special component of the magnet with higher eligibility requirements and its own application. Visit the Collegiate Academy page to learn more.

Career

The career strand includes the following components:

School of Business - Business and Marketing

The LCHS School of Business is designed to capitalize on the trend toward a global market economy in the fields of Finance, Accounting, and Marketing. In addition students will be enriched through job shadowing, mentorships, and internships in students' career interests.

Law and Criminal Justice

This specialized course of study is targeted to students considering a career in the legal field. Students choose from two strands – Pre-Law or Protective Services. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the many areas of specialization within the legal community.

The Pre-Law Strand is for students who are interested in careers as lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, court reporters, bailiff s, court clerks and coordinators or other positions associated with a court.

The Protective Services Strand is for students who are interested in careers in law enforcement (federal, state or local level), special services (such as the CIA), forensics (medical examiner, crime scene investigators) and corrections (correctional officer, probation officer, prison or jail warden).

Future Teacher Internship

Students in this program will plan and direct individualized and group activities, prepare instructional materials, assist with record keeping, make physical arrangements, and complete other responsibilities of a classroom teacher. Students will be involved in observations and direct student instruction. Students will experience a full range of education related career roles, grade levels, subject areas, and ability groups.

Television Production and Broadcasting

The Television Production Magnet is housed in the same facility as GRS-TV, and is designed to be a hands-on working laboratory for the student. The facility has a fully equipped production studio, and a broadcast quality control room where students work in a real-world studio environment. Students also work with a full range of field equipment, including field cameras, lighting and audio gear.

Classical

The “classical” strand of curriculum from the Classical Centers at Vial Elementary and Brandenburg Middle Schools expands to the high school level. In addition to the piano, dance, Latin and gymnastics courses, LCHS offers a full range of fine arts courses including band, choir, art, and theatre arts.

  • Advanced Latin - Allows students to study original passages from Roman authors and prepare for AP in Latin. Students may elect to take the Virgil or Catullus Horace Exam or both for 6-18 hours of college credit.
  • Piano Lab - Students will be instructed in both group and individual settings. Piano technique and theory is available from the beginner level to advanced. No previous experience is required.
  • Dance - Students may participate in beginning to intermediate ballet and jazz. Advanced dance includes modern dance and tap dance, and finally performance dance, which requires an audition. Emphasis is placed on choreography, production, performance, and dance related careers.
  • Gymnastics - Students will participate in competitive meets on either the Varsity or JV teams. Students meet off campus and transportation is provided. Gymnastics is offered from the beginner to advanced levels.

College & Career magnet requirements

Students must:

  • Open to current 8th, 9th and 10th grade applicants
  • 50+ percentile on the reading and math achievement test d
  • Pass STAAR/EOC
  • Pass all subjects on report card
  • No serious discipline problems

Qualifying students are entered into a lottery, and openings are filled in the order in which they are drawn.

All interested incoming ninth grade students must complete the magnet application process regardless of previous program participation. However, incoming “classical” magnet students in good standing from the Classical Center at Brandenburg are automatically accepted to the Career and Classical Magnet Program.

*While the Collegiate Academy is managed under the broad umbrella of the College & Career Magnet programs at LCHS, its' eligibility requirements are different. See the Collegiate Academy page for details about the program, its application process and more.

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

Lakeview Centennial High School College & Career Magnet program
Timi Creekmore
LCHS Magnet Coordinator
972-240-3740

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

Collegiate Academy

As a special component of Lakeview Centennial High School's College & Career Magnet, the Collegiate Academy works in conjunction with the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) to provide qualified applicants a unique academic experience. The program is designed to satisfy credit requirements for high school graduation while the student also earns an Associate of Science degree (63 hours) from DCCCD.

Through this opportunity only offered at Lakeview Centennial High School, the Academy features a college curriculum in the structure of the high school environment, which allows students to continue to participate in extracurricular activities while they achieve both diplomas.

Collegiate Academy Admissions Criteria

Students must meet the following to be considered

  • Open to all 8th and 9th grade applicants
  • 70+ percentile on reading and math achievement tests
  • Pass STAAR/EOC
  • Pass all subjects on report cards
  • No serious discipline issues

*Students who meet the requirements for the Collegiate Academy are automatically eligible to participate in the Career and Classical Magnet program as well. See the College & Career Magnet Program descriptions for more information.

Advantages of Enrolling in the Collegiate Academy

  • Earn high school and college credit at the same time for free.
  • Avoid the cost of tuition and books.
  • Accumulate college hours and earn an AS degree, 63 transferable hours to Texas' top college for free.
  • Prepare to get a head start on your earning power for free.
  • Take college level classes from qualified instructors on the LCHS campus for free.

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

Lakeview Centennial High School Collegiate Academy 
Timi Creekmore 
LCHS Magnet Coordinator
972-240-3740

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

Global Business, Language & Leadership

The School of Global Business, Language & Leadership is a magnet program that provides students with course options that will expand their understanding of business, marketing, and/or finance within a global context and help them to be more competitive when applying to colleges. The following are innovative aspects of this exciting magnet program:

  • Business, marketing, and finance elective classes focused on global business
  • College credit options via AP and/or dual credit courses
  • Language course options, including Mandarin Chinese Leadership development through community service, portfolios, global business organizations, and business competitions
  • Problem based learning activities that connect the class learning to real world applications
  • National and international study abroad summer learning experiences

Requirements

  • Open to all 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade applicants
  • 50 percentile+ on reading and math achievement tests
  • Pass STAAR/EOC
  • Pass all subjects on the report card
  • Have no serious discipline issues

Final acceptance will be determined using the above criteria and by the number of available seats. Should more qualified students apply than space allows, a lottery process will be used to select students to fill the openings with all remaining names placed in a waiting pool for the possibility of future openings.

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How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

International Baccalaureate World School (IB)

The International Baccalaureate World School (IB) Program encompasses internationally based standards of achievement. Curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts experience. Students become proficient in English, math, history, science, a second language, and chosen electives while participating in an in-depth exploration of the study of human behavior and the process of educational inquiry.

Successful completion of the course work and examinations at the junior/senior level may earn students credit or advanced placement at colleges or universities. The resulting educational experience will provide the student with a well-rounded, rigorous academic course of study emphasizing the development of the total individual.

Requirements

  • Open to all current 8th, 9th and 10th grade applicants
  • 85 percentile+ state approved achievement test in reading or math 
  • Grade average of 85+ in advanced courses

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

Garland High School IB Program

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

International Baccalaureate Art Only

IB Art is a four year program designed to develop artistic ability, knowledge of art history, and a personal artistic style.  IB art is a rigorous course that includes work in and outside of the classroom.  Skill builders, project planning and often project completion will be done at home.  This program is not limited to full IB diploma students.  Students interested in IB Art Only must apply and submit a portfolio to be considered for admission.  Students who have been accepted to the IB academic program do not need to submit an additional application for IB Art and may select IB Art as a course option during scheduling.

Requirements

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Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

Garland High School IB Program

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

Math, Science, Technology (MST) Magnet Program

The Math, Science, and Technology program at North Garland High School is designed to prepare high achieving students for advancement in an ever-changing technological world. Through interactive multimedia instruction, students are exposed to an integrated curriculum that focuses on problem-solving and practical applications of math and science. This approach is designed to accelerate students in math, science, and technology and better prepare them for college or employment.

In addition to general coursework in math and science, MST students complete an annual MST Project providing the opportunity for practical application of skills learned in the program. Also, each MST student selects a particular concentration of courses within the MST program. By meeting certain course requirements, students qualify for an endorsement in one or more of the following concentrations:

  • Architecture
  • Computer science
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Telecommunications
  • Comprehensive Science Studies
  • Medical studies (academic focus)
  • Medical studies (technical focus)
  • Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary studies

Each concentration culminates in a “capstone” course. Taken during the senior year, this course is designed to give students advanced academic and real-world experiences in the identified fields.

Included in each concentration is the opportunity to take a wide range of Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses during the junior and senior years. By completing an AP course and performing well on an exam given in May of each year and/or successfully completing Dual Credit courses, students have the opportunity to earn an extensive amount college credit.

Requirements

  • Open to current 8th, 9th and 10th grade applicants
  • 75 percentile+ on reading and math achievement tests
  • Pass STAAR/EOC
  • Report card grades of 80+ in math and science
  • Pass all other subjects on report card
  • No serious discipline problems

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

North Garland High School MST Program page

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

Performing Arts Endorsement (PAE)

The Performing Arts Endorsement is a sequence of courses designed for the artistically gifted/talented students in the areas of theatre, piano studies, orchestra, vocal music, and instrumental music.

Participation in the PAE Program provides access to a strong fine arts background in conjunction with the student’s academic program, whether IB, Honors, or the Regular program. Special interest clinics and activities are an integral part of each of the performing arts areas.

Areas of Performing Arts Endorsements

  • Instrumental
  • Vocal
  • Theatre
  • Piano
  • Orchestra

Requirements

Contact us

Ask a magnet question

For more information, contact:
Magnet programs

or contact the participating school:

Garland High School - School of Performing Arts

How to apply?

See the Application Process page for details and other application dates.

PAE applications

See the Garland High School website for application information.