Garland ISD is dedicated to promoting a positive school environment and improving the academic achievements of all students. Our counselors help eliminate barriers to success by facilitating access to information, resources and support services appropriate to each student's needs.
Individual and group counseling is provided to students whose personal concerns or problems put their personal, social, career and/or educational development at risk.
Counselors assist students in planning, monitoring, and understanding their own educational and personal development.
Counselors play an important role in helping students explore academic options and choose schools, programs and classes that align with their interests and future goals.
Our Guidance & Counseling department hosts multiple parent education classes to connect families with information and resources. Topics include parent/teen relationships, depression, drug & alcohol awareness, social media/cyberbullying and teen dating violence.
See the parent workshops calendar for upcoming sessions.
College and career planning
Counselors at the middle and high school levels play an important role in helping students with career exploration and planning for college and/or a career.
They also direct related campus and district activities including:
- College Day and College Night events
- SAT/ACT workshops
- PSAT parent presentations
- College financial aid workshops
Our LIGHT Program (Living Intervention and Guidance for Healthier Teens) consists of Student Assistance Counselors trained in specialty areas to work with students, parents, and staff at all GISD schools.
Counselors use character education to teach young students valuable skills that help them interact and communicate with others, solve problems and make good decisions. They teach students about trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.