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1600 Chicon Street
Austin, TX 78702

(512) 414-8600
(512) 467-9631
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August 22, 2015
After almost dropping out of one of the larger high schools in Austin, I found Garza and finally found a school that was able to work with me. The school is self paced, and allows you to take only a few classes at a time to concentrate on those. Classes are smaller and everyone knows everyone. I never saw any bulling or even a single fight in the two years I was there. I do not know that it prepared me for college, but then again I was happy just to graduate. I'm sure they have AP classes though. I went on to obtain my bachelors of science in nutrition from the University of Texas Austin, and a nursing degree from A&M. I don't know that I would have made it this far without Garza. Only con is limited extracurricular activities. No band or sports, but they do have some clubs and organizations.

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August 22, 2015
I felt that the teachers and staff treated all of the students equally. They treated us like adults and did everything they could to help us graduate.

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May 04, 2015
Before Garza I had given up all hope of graduating. Between family issues and being held back I had given up. The teachers did all they could to make sure I not only graduated but did it with pride. I just received my BA in computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and if not for Garza I would have never had the drive or belief in myself to keep going. I want to thank all the teachers that believed in me even when I did not. Thank you Garza staff.

- submitted by a student

May 24, 2013
Garza is amazing I was to the point of dropping out I came home one day extremely sad and wanted to give up when my mom told me I had an interview on the 3rd of April. I got accepted and went from there I have been at Garza not even a month and have completed three classes .this school is amazing. I no longer hate school and everyone is nice and we are just in there own world which helps. Thank you Garza for saving me I plan to be done in December or January:)

- submitted by a student

February 02, 2013
I can't even begin explaining how wonderful Garza is. Garza has saved my education. I attended Anderson high school for my whole freshman year and part of my sophomore year. They let me fall through the cracks because I was a slow learner. I soon heard about Garza. They welcomed me last year with open arms. I am now excelling in my courses. At Anderson high school they ignored I was continuously failing my Math TAKS, however I'm actually getting help with Math TAKS at Garza. Everybody at Garza is there to learn and prepare for their future. The staff is so fantastic and helpful. Garza makes me want to wake up in the morning and learn. I can't thank them enough for how much they've helped me in my journey. I love every moment of attending that school. Dr. Webb is the best principal ever!

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October 28, 2012
The faculty and staff at Garza truly care about the students. They do everything that they can to give that student the tools and confidence that he or she needs to succeed.

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August 28, 2009
Garza was the best thing that ever happened to me. The students, staff, everyone was working to help me graduate. What makes this school different than the others is that Garza actually cares about the students well being. I attended Bowie before I came to Garza and immediately could tell that this was the school I had been looking for. Bowie was so focused on kids getting work done they weren't able to notice how much stress they put the students through. Garza has teachers that help the students one on one work and make effort to be friends with the students. There's also a section in the building made just for students to go in a talk to someone in a private room who are having trouble in everyday life. I'm also graduating a half a semester early. I am so thankful to go to Garza.

- submitted by a student

December 19, 2008
Garza is the dream school for the student, parents, teacher... Well everyone!... I've been at Garza since September of 2007 and am graduating in March in the top ten percent. The attention you get from all the staff from your teachers to counselors to admin is amazing for a public high school! The fact that at capacity we only have 300 students and that all are juniors and seniors helps alot. The normal high school drama, he said she said stuff is completely minimized. This high school has only had three physical fights between students since it was opened 10 almost 11 years ago, and all of those have happened off campus. As a student, you really feel like you're learning the material, instead of just memorizing for a test. This is deffinately not only the best school in Austin, but in America because of our success!

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August 12, 2008
Best school on the East side of Austin. Was in a rough neighborhood, but this is now being gentrified and not as dangerous as it was a few years ago.

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May 14, 2008
Garza is definitely my top choice out of the four Austin high schools I attended. I went from being a homeless high school dropout to recently completing my freshman year of college with A's and B's. Not bad. I owe it all to Garza and the wonderful faculty and staff.

- submitted by a student

March 27, 2007
Garza is a very exceptional school, my daughter has been in AISD her whole life and has been shoved into the cracks when it comes to getting an education. She wasn't slow enough to receive special help and wasn't quick enough to keep up with the pace the teachers were made to use. We even sent her to Silven Learning Center in the summer before 7th grade, it did help, but at $100 an hour we could only keep that up for so long. Then Garza came into our lifes and she has completely changed, she is graduating this may and will be attending college (something we were not sure she would ever want to do because of low self esteem. The whole Garza staff has an interest in every child that steps through that door and it sure shows in my daughter. I can only say THANK YOU GARZA HIGH!

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September 12, 2006
Garza has blown me away. It is an AMAZING SCHOOL. If you are looking for a preparation for your child's future, this is the best you will come across. Everyone is there because the WANT TO LEARN. Students work hard and are very dedicated, teachers are caring, persevering and push all students to excel. In 2006, Garza received the highest SAT scores in all of AISD, and higher than many private schools. Garza is a well kept secret and AISD and TEA intend on keeping it that way.

- submitted by a student

June 29, 2004
After I became a teenage mother, I chose Garza as a way to finish my education. I could have not made a better decision. The staff at Garza helped me with anything I needed during my attendance there, and are still looking out for me with open arms. Without Garza as an option for education, I would not be a where I am today. I am currently in college working to become a teacher. Garza can me the confidence I needed to reach my goals. As long as you really want to be there, Garza is the best school ever!

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May 11, 2004
Garza has been an amazing school for my child. Garza expanded my daughter's mind about education and especially school. I believe Garza is the perfect school for any student who is willing to work hard. Garza is definately a God-send.

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May 27, 2003
My daughter enrolled her self this past year, and I have never been more impressed with her dedication to her education

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Garza Independence High School
1600 Chicon Street, Austin, TX  78702
(512) 414-8600
Last modified Garza Independence High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Garza Independence High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top