Ten campuses recognized for counseling excellence

Garland ISD’s Strategic Plan Goal 2 states, “We will ensure a welcoming, positive and respectful school culture to promote the highest level of student achievement and growth.”

Ten district campuses are being recognized for doing exactly that. They are among just 69 schools statewide to receive a CREST Award from the Texas School Counselor Association. CREST stands for Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas, and the award is given to schools that demonstrate a commitment to improving the lives and achievement of students in academic, career and social domains.

This year, nineteen GISD campuses submitted applications for consideration—a step which requires much hard work, reflection and documentation. A panel of judges then determined the winners based on seven areas: Principal’s Support, School Counseling Advisory Council, School Climate and Safety, Student Results, Major Achievements, Community Partnerships and Resources, and Parent Collaboration.

Out of the 10 schools to receive the 2017 honor, five are repeat winners. See a complete list of honorees below.

• Parsons Prekindergarten School
• Kimberlin Academy for Excellence
• Northlake Elementary School
• Rowlett Elementary School
• Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence (third-consecutive award)
• Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School (second-consecutive award)
• Coyle Middle School
• Garland High School (third-consecutive award)
• Naaman Forest High School (third-consecutive award)
• GISD Alternative Education Center (second-consecutive award)

GISD's Board of Trustees continued CREST recognition Feb. 13 by awarding these campuses Evidence of Excellence certificates.