In Garland ISD, it pays to get good grades. Hundreds of district students are receiving thousands of dollars for the third-consecutive year as part of the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program. Awarding students $100 per passing AP score, more than 900 students across GISD's seven high schools will receive $140,700 collectively this year. Campuses are celebrating honorees with pep rallies in October and November, complete with giant checks, special cheers and school spirit.
The district's NMSI program is made possible through a partnership with the Texas Instruments Foundation. A more than $1 million grant kicked it off at four high schools in 2014-15, and GISD saw a 67 percent increase in AP testing participation. Another increase in AP participation occurred in 2015-16, and an additional grant extended NMSI to all seven high schools in 2016-17. Sachse High School has this year's highest total with more than 200 students earning $42,500.