GISD Course Guides

Course Guides

These guides to available courses and information regarding the middle school and high school programs in Garland ISD are updated by the district staff responsible for these courses and programs each year.


Updates and revisions for the 2015-16 school year are underway.





To the Students and Parents of Garland ISD:

This website (or a printed copy of the pages) contains the current course offerings for middle school and high school students in Garland ISD. Several areas merit your careful attention.

Beginning in grade 6, students should be planning how to earn their high school diploma. House Bill 5, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made substantial changes to the state’s graduation requirements. Students entering high school in the fall of 2014-2015 must meet the requirements of the Foundation High School Program. In addition to completing the 22-credit Foundation Program, student will be able to earn an endorsement in specific areas of study by completing four additional credits for a total of 26 credits and a performance acknowledgement.

According to Texas law, students must also pass all parts of the state‐mandated examinations in order to graduate. Beginning this year, these exams will be called the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness or STAAR. Besides the grade level assessments in middle school, there will be STAAR "End of Course" assessments for 5 of the high school courses required for graduation. Any student in regular education who has not mastered all parts of the STAAR exams by May of the twelfth grade year cannot receive a diploma or participate in the graduation ceremonies held in May/June.

School personnel are available to work with students and parents and to ensure that each student has a four‐year high school plan of study suitable to that individual's needs and interests.

Best wishes in your pursuit of a quality middle school and high school education.

Dr. Bob Morrison