College for all

As a district, we are committed to ensuring that all Garland ISD students graduate with college credit in addition to their high school diplomas. With that in mind, our Board of Trustees has approved a College for All focus which includes steps to help every student earn at least six hours of credit before they leave GISD.

Currently, GISD gives students the opportunity to accrue college credit through dual-credit, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Lakeview Centennial High School’s Collegiate Academy also allows students to graduate with both an associate degree (up to 60 credit hours) and a high school diploma.

The district’s College for All focus will provide additional pathways for college, career and military readiness leading up to offering early college or Collegiate Academy programs at every high school. Each one will eventually have an area of specialization tied to a career pathway that is aligned with workforce trends in this region. 

2019-2020 College for All options

For the 2019-2020 school year the College For All magnet options are listed below. Students must apply during the magnet application window.

GISD’s current eighth-graders are encouraged to take advantage of these new opportunities during the 2019-20 Choice of School period, which begins Jan. 14.

Collegiate Academy for Technology at Rowlett High School

The Collegiate Academy for Technology is a program that provides students with technical and workplace skills as well as college credit opportunities. Students can earn their high school diploma, and associate’s degree, a two year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training. This opportunity is free to the students and will include internships with industry partners.

Learn more about the Collegiate Academy for Technology magnet program.

Collegiate Academies at Lakeview Centennial and Naaman Forest High Schools

The Collegiate 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 dual diplomas - a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree. Students earn high school and college credit at the same time at no cost to the student.

Learn more about the Collegiate Academy magnet program

South Garland Early College High School (ECHS)

Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours. Early College High Schools:

  • provide dual credit at no cost to students
  • offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
  • provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
  • increase college readiness, and
  • reduce barriers to college access.

Learn more about the ECHS magnet program