GISD recognized for postsecondary enrollment growth

Commended for its college-going culture, Garland ISD recently won the Dallas County Promise Bright Spot Award for a 5 percent increase in postsecondary enrollment over the last two years. This recognition came during the 2018 Commit! Partnership Community Scorecard Release March 1.

 “We are committed to ensuring that all students graduate well-prepared for a successful future,” said Advanced Academics Administrator Kristyn Edney. “That includes four-year universities, two-year junior colleges, vocational schools, military programs and more.”

Attributing GISD’s honor to its college and career readiness focus, Edney also credits the work of departments and campuses districtwide.

“This award was truly the result of a team working together to do what’s best for students,” she explained.

From FAFSA Fun Nights that lead families through the process of applying for financial aid to the Naviance college and career planning software that allows students to search for colleges, request letters of recommendation and organize transcripts. From offering free PSAT and SAT bootcamps to offering the tests for free to eighth through 11th-grade students. From increasing access to advanced-level courses to also increasing programs like AVID that help teach necessary critical thinking and communication skills.

All these and more helped Garland ISD edge out its peers to win the Dallas County Promise distinction. But even more importantly, these things also sparked bright spots in the lives of students.

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