College & career readiness

College Readiness Nights

It's never too early to plan for your future! Come to one of our events and learn about the ways to get college credit, how to understand your PSAT score report and resources to help improve your chances of getting a scholarship.

Date Location Time
01/17/2019 Garland High School 6 p.m.
01/17/2019 Naaman Forest High School 6 p.m.
01/22/2019 Lakeview Centennial High School 6 p.m.
01/23/2019 North Garland High School 6 p.m.
01/24/2019 South Garland High School 6 p.m.
01/28/2019 Rowlett High School 6 p.m.
01/28/2019 Sachse High School 6 p.m.

Ready: College & Career


Developing graduates that are prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce is the ultimate goal of the GISD Ready initiative. Ready: College & Career includes the specific activities and programs designed to support the college and career bound student. Admission to college and finding employment is becoming more and more competitive. Skills like teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration are essential for success. Our students are developing these skills in the classroom through innovative teaching and learning. In addition, students have access to many resources to help them prepare for life after high school.

We aim to help students: 

  • learn about their strengths and interests and how to apply them for success
  • take ownership of their learning
  • understand how advanced and challenging classes help prepare them for college, earn scholarships and qualify for better jobs
  • take advantage of opportunities to explore career interests in high school
  • earn college credit, professional certifications and licenses
  • prepare for college entrance exams and requirements
  • find scholarships and financial aid

College awareness activities

College Night 

Each year, we host an event for parents and students to speak directly with representatives from more than 120 participating colleges and the military. See video highlights from the 2018 College Night.

College Financial Aid Night 

This event provides an opportunity for students and parents to learn about the different types of financial aid and how to apply. For similar information, see our Financial aid page.

Our college & career readiness platform, Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive web-based platform used at our middle and high schools that makes college and career planning tools available to students and their parents. Students can use Naviance to plan their courses, explore careers and colleges, apply for scholarships and much more.

Learn more about the features of Naviance and how you can use this platform to get ready.

College readiness assessments

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires that all students entering a public state college take a TSI assessment to determine their readiness for college-level work.

For more information, see the following:

Students that score well on the ACT or SAT may qualify for an exemption and do not have to take a TSI assessment. For more information and a compete list of exemptions, see the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.


The PSAT and SAT are two tests designed to measure college and career readiness. When students do well on these tests they can qualify for academic recognition programs and increase their chance of getting a scholarship.

For more information about these tests and the benefits of taking them, visit the PSAT and SAT page.

Preparing for the PSAT and SAT

Students can prepare for success by taking advantage of Khan Academy and district boot camp events. Some top scoring students may also have the option to participate in one of our invitation-only test prep programs.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy logo.

We have partnered with Khan Academy to provide personalized study plans to students based on their PSAT scores.

Find out more about this free online resource and how students should set up and link their accounts to maximize potential on the Khan Academy instructional resource page.

PSAT/SAT Boot Camps

G I S D S A T Boot camp logo.We offer free boot camps in the fall and spring to help students learn techniques for answering test questions and preparing for the PSAT and SAT. Students take a pre- and post-test as well as attend two boot camp sessions a week.

Registration for Spring Boot Camps sessions begins Aug. 13. See the PSAT/SAT Boot Camp page for more information.

What is postsecondary education?

Postsecondary education happens after you graduate from high school. It doesn't always mean getting a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. Continuing your education looks different from person to person. Getting an associates degree or certification in your field is also a form of postsecondary education.

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some postsecondary education - Center on Education and the Workforce

This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how your level of education can impact your potential earnings and possibility of unemployment.

College credit in high school

Save money and time in the future by earning credit towards your college program while you're still in high school. Visit the college credit opportunities page for more information.

Paying for college

Don't let the price tag prevent you from pursuing your college plans. Find out about your financial aid options.


Several Career and Technical Education programs and courses offer the opportunity for students to earn a professional certification or license while in high school.

AVID program

Advancement Via Individual Determination. Find out how the AVID program is closing the achievement gap and helping prepare our students for college and success in a global society.