About us

Educating 55,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fifth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 15th-largest in Texas, and is among the 75-largest in America. With a rich, 100-year tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses

Quick look

55,848

students

71

schools

B (88)

TEA Rating

92%

graduation rate

Choice of School

Choose your school

In Garland ISD, there are no attendance zones. Families select the campus their children will attend through our Choice of School program.

  • More than 98% of families receive their first choice.

  • Attend your neighborhood school, a school across town or apply to attend a magnet school.

  • Transportation is provided in designated transportation zones for neighborhood schools and for students accepted to magnet schools.

  • Students living outside of the district can attend Garland ISD schools through our Open Enrollment program.

College for All

Get a head start on your career

We provide opportunities for all students to earn at least 12 hours of college credit or an industry certification alongside their high school diplomas.

Academics & CCMR

Customize your education

Selective magnet schools, innovative programs and student-focused support services give each student the power to create a customized education based on personal strengths, talents and interests. There's something for everyone, from 3 years old to 12th grade.

Student Safety

Safe and supportive schools

Here at GISD, we provide the best learning environment possible to our students. Here are just a few of our features:

  • local police officers, known as School Resource Officers, provided to teach and protect students
  • registered nurses provided at every school
  • secure vestibules entry areas for all of our buildings

College Readiness

Free college prep

GISD helps to cover the cost of your student's success. We offer:

  • free AP Exams to all high school students enrolled in AP courses
  • free PSAT/SAT exams for students in eighth through 11th-grade
  • financial awards for students with qualifying AP performance 

  • free college tuition through our Dallas County Promise and Texas A&M-Commerce Pledge partnerships

Programs & Services

Innovative instruction

GISD meets the needs of the 21st-century learner through our future-focused curriculum. Our district:

District Accolades

100-year standard of excellence

GISD stands out above the rest:

  • 12 Best Community for Music Education awards
  • National Blue Ribbon schools, National PTA Schools of Excellence, U.S. News & World Report's Best Schools and Texas Honor Roll distinctions
  • repeated National Merit and Advanced Placement Scholar student recognition
  • 11.2 years average teacher experience and a student/teacher ratio of 15.5:1
  • AAA rating by Moody's for financial excellence
  • Texas Comptroller Transparency Star Awards
  • 64 campuses Energy Star certified

Pictured: Rhodes Trust scholar and GISD Alum Evan Walker

Employee Benefits

Valued employees

Here are just a few of the perks that come with joining the GISD team:

  • competitive salaries
  • comprehensive benefits package including an employee assistance program
  • students of nonresident employees can attend GISD schools
  • a two-year 1-on-1 new teacher mentorship
  • a low-cost employee clinic for non-emergency medical needs

#ChooseGarlandISD

Be a part of the #GISDEffect! Join our diverse community today.