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S Garland High School

Public | 9-12 | 2010 students

 

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Posted September 22, 2008

I am one of the Choir Directors at South Garland. I was noticing that the reviews are a little dated, but I wanted to let parents and students know that the Fine Arts are STILL strong here. We are continuing to build on a strong program based on skill and involvement in many extra curricular areas. We perform a Musical every year, which some schools don't. We also pride ourselves on upholding a superior level of excellence when it comes to our End of Year Showboater Big Show. The students fundraise here like I've never seen before. We typically sell over 4,000 poinsettias in order to pay for their Choir Trip (also taken every year). As far as parental involvement, I have a solid Booster Club who will do anything to help our less fortunate kids be successful. We offer Senior and Private Lesson scholarships, and more. I love this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 9, 2007

This is a good school. My kids love it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Its an awesome school everybody is very helpful and friendly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2004

South Garland is an excellent school with many great extracurricular activities. We have an amzing Fine Arts Program with a very well known choir, which I am a member of. We also have great teachers who will do anything to help a child. AS for the parent involvement, I belive it is excellent. My mother in the president of PTA and they are always doing something for us. As well as the booster club for every organization. As for the poverty, maybe being in all AP classes shelters me from that. I had no idea there was any at all. South Garland is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2004

Have had 1 graduate from South and one currently attending. Parental involvement is very limited. Staff and most of faculty are top notch and do very well under not always the best of circumstances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

In response to Steven Freemans post I would like to clear up that most students at S. Garland do not come from poverty, in fact there are many wealthy families whose children attend this school from the Eastern Hills C.C. area. As for gangs they are not much more of a problem here than they are elsewhere in suburban schools. I attended South and graduated there in 2003 and overall had a great experience there. Most extracirricular activities are good and the fine arts program is top quality with an outstanding choir and rebuilding band program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2003

My Child went to private school for first 2 yrs. of high school. He has been MUCH happier here and has thrived in their theater and music programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2003

The kids that go to this highschool are trying but most of these kids come from poverty and are use to the hard life. There are gangs and heavy drug relations. But it's the best these kids have known.


Posted October 21, 2003

This school has a great tradition and excels in creating a diverse learning environment. The band program is rebuilding and balanced and fun. The teachers in the honors classes are great and challenging to the students. It is a school that has high achievers and those that don't care. But that is life. This school has a fanatastic fine arts department and parent involvement is stellar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2003

If you would like your child to learn uniformity then this would be the perfect place for them. Stepford Hgh is what it should be called.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

470 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

469 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

447 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

438 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

444 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

447 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Math

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Black or African American93%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

431 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
72%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

563 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

598 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

449 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students61%
Female61%
Male62%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education18%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female85%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented60%
Non-Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education51%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
Black or African American67%
Asian100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education50%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students52%
Female57%
Male48%
Black or African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education29%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students36%
Female41%
Male31%
Black or African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Special education7%
Not special education39%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant36%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Black or African American68%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education40%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students40%
Female44%
Male35%
Black or African American26%
Asian60%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Special education10%
Not special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students74%
Female77%
Male71%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education63%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)44%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students65%
Female60%
Male69%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education35%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students64%
Female60%
Male68%
Black or African American47%
Asian100%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education38%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)41%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 59% 50%
Black 19% 13%
White 18% 31%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Tony Gonzales
Fax number
  • (972) 926-2727

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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