Garland ISD students will soon have access to a special opportunity not available to their North Texas peers. The district was selected by the College Board to pilot the Official SAT Practice (OSP) Student Ambassadors Program—an invitation extended to just 10 other districts nationwide.
The program is designed to engage more students in college and career preparation activities. OSP Student Ambassadors will be appointed via an application process. The select group will then serve as leaders on their campuses, promoting the importance of SAT practice and going to college, recruiting sophomores to become future ambassadors, and speaking at public events. In addition to developing valuable leadership skills, these trailblazers will also receive a VIP college visit, College Board swag and recognition.
News of GISD’s inclusion in the College Board program seems to have come at the perfect time.
“We were approved [by administration] to move forward with our own College & Career Readiness Ambassador program that involves a campus coach and student leadership opportunities,” explained Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney. “The College Board program will work hand-in-hand with the program we designed. Great things are happening in GISD.”
The College Board will host all OSP Student Ambassadors and leadership teams from participating districts at a kickoff meeting in September. A list of participating districts is below.
- Chicago Public Schools, Illinois
- Garland ISD, Texas
- Hawaii State Department of Education, Hawaii
- Houston ISD, Texas
- Jersey City Public Schools, New Jersey
- Klein ISD, Texas
- Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
- Newark Public Schools, New Jersey
- Pearland ISD, Texas
- San Antonio ISD, Texas
- School District of Osceola County, Florida