Course guides

Dear Garland ISD students and parents,

Students are about to begin the process of course selection for the next school year. This website (or a printed copy of the pages) contains the current course offerings for middle school and high school students in the Garland ISD. Critical information is contained in this letter to help our students and their families make wise decisions regarding course selection.

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. All entering high school students have to meet the requirements of the Foundation High School Program. A complete description of the Foundation High School Program is found later in this document. In addition to completing the 22-credit Foundation Program, each student must be able to earn an endorsement in specific areas of study by completing four additional credits for a total of 26 credits and earning a performance acknowledgement.

According to Texas law, students must also pass all parts of the state‐mandated examinations, which are called the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR), in order to graduate. Middle school students take STAAR in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. High school students must take STAAR "End of Course" assessments for five (5) of the high school courses required for graduation: English I, English II, Algebra, Biology, and US History. 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 June.

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

I always encourage students to plan for their best future when selecting courses. Students and parents, good luck in creating a plan of study that will provide students many options upon graduation!

Deborah Cron, Ph.D.