School Details

S Garland High School

600 Colonel Drive, Garland, TX 75043
(972) 926-2700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1993 students 13 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Garland Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, 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 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Garland Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

S Garland High School is a public high school in Garland. The principal of S Garland High School is TRACY CURTIS, whose e-mail is 1,993 children attend S Garland High School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 8% of the S Garland High School students have "limited English proficiency." 47% of the 1,993 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 72% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at S Garland High School is 13:1. Lakeview Centennial High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 69% 51%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 21%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Asian 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% 0.02%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 61%
Limited English proficiency 8% 23%
Economically disadvantaged 47% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Pretty good but need to improve in discipline aspects the staff is really committed with the students and their success

  • (2 years ago)

    Ghetto is as ghetto does. Kids either want to learn or they don't want to. Keep up the spirit. Sad when you go to football games you are told to be careful of gang activity.

  • (2 years ago)

    were* *.... Also unlike what somebody else said most the students at least while i was at South weren't at poverty level. My family is upper middle class and lots of the people i knew were from upper middle class families as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    My oldest son graduated in 2008 from SGHS and my youngest will be a senior next year (2012/2013). I have nothing but great things to say about THE South Garland HS. The new principal is fantastic! He is getting the students and staff excited about SGHS. Both my boys passed all their exit TAKS tests their junior year and my oldest did well at Eastfield and is now working for a fantastic company. One parent said that her daughter had to take a remedial math class when she went to the DCCCD but that's not that uncommon - no matter what high school you attend. I had to myself and I went to a highly rated high school. The biggest complaint I have is that the parents are not involved. The current PTA president is in name only - she has never once called a single meeting the three years we've been there. There were many when my oldest was there. Most football and Class of meetings are attended by a handful of parents. It's really sad. But that is not the fault of the school - there are plenty of opportunities for involvement the parents just choose not to be involved.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter went to South Garland all 4 years. She took four years of high school math --Algebra I Geometry Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. She passed every TAKS test with flying colors. She made Bs in mathematics consistantly throughout all 4 years of high school. Upon enrolling in a Dallas County Community College she tested low in math and has to now take a non-credit remedial math course. What a waste of time and money! South Garland did not prepare her for college adequately nor did it accomplish to TEACH her math. She "got through" math but learned very little.

  • (4 years ago)

    Lack luster. Teachers at open house all seemed to have an apathetic attitude. One seemed apologetic and basically told my wife and I that he never taught the course before and was "working through" the curriculum". We asked three teachers and none of them ever heard of the name of the psychology teacher (even when we provided the surname from our student's schedule) nor were they helpful in locating the teacher. Science teacher rolled her eyes when we mentioned the relatively new course (forensics) and acted like it was a real challenge to teach. All in all NOT IMPRESSED.

  • (5 years ago)

    SG does an awesome job providing the students with a wide variety of choices in the cafeteria.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think south garland is a very good school and the teachers are good helpers and its really cool i recommend it to everyone!!

  • (5 years ago)

    i attended South Garland last my freshman and sophmore year and i loved that school! I had some really good friends there and i got along with all the teachers.The principals there tryed to do all they could to improve the school.I recommend South garland to all Middle school students that are going to attend high school next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    Below standard staff. Unable to deal with anything in a professional fashion. Unwilling to listen to any outside suggestions.

  • (5 years ago)

    I personally attended SGHS for three years. The extracurrcular activities were expensive. The main draw back that I experienced were the structural inequalities as well as the segregation among the student population.

  • (5 years ago)

    I personally attended SGHS for three years. Some of the extracurricular activities were expensive. The main draw back that I experienced were what I percieved to be structural inequalities as well as segregation among the student population.

  • (6 years ago)

    i currently attend sghs.and it is a good school the teachers are really good.but i must say that the students are a bit out of control sometimes.but besides that i love this school and i'll be graduating in 2012!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student of South Garland and I have to admit that South Garland isnt all that dandy but the teachers do what they can to help us students as much as they can even with the kids that dont want to learn. I have seen teachers go beyond their limits to help others out. South Garland to me is a high school I will never forget

  • (6 years ago)

    South Garland High School is a wonderful school. It is evident that the teachers really do care about the students. And I love the traditions that have been passed down for so many years. Pep rallies are amazing to watch!

  • (6 years ago)

    South is a great school. The AP/Pre-AP classes offered are really good. We have amazing organizations and our principal is always motivating us. Go Colonels!

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently attend sghs as a junoir and despite what others say we have a really great school with lots of activites and great teachers. We offer some of the best ap/pre ap classes if i do say so myself...I take them. And our fine arts is one of the best in the district. As an older school we have lots of fun traditions and football season is the best time to come see our school spirit. Whether we win our lose our football games us colonels always got the spirit.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm currently attending South and it's a great school. My teachers whom are Pre-AP/AP teacher are great mentors and they are always willing to help you. The students are the ones that refused to learn. The extracurricular activities are very fun and enjoyable. It also has a great Debate team and Mr. Haney is a great debate coach. It also offers a great Cosmetology program. I'm looking forward to graduate in the top 10% from this wonderful school in 2011!

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from South in '04. I must say that anyone who had trouble learning there did so out of his or her own fault. The teachers there did their best. From what I saw it was the students themselves who refused to learn or totally skipped school just because they didn't like the 'classroom'. As for myself I knew how important it was to get my diploma so I was dedicated to my schoolwork and helped my teachers help me. I'll admit my worst subject was Algebra - I failed Algebra 2 the first time. But the second time that I took it with Miss McGee I passed with a 90 average. Other great teachers there include Ms Hipp(English) Ms Emmons(Art) Madame Milkowski(French) and Mr Varassi(Science). Also Ms Briggs the light counselor is a wonderful person to talk to if you're having trouble with anything.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a SGHS grad from 06. In my opinion the teachers had some difficulty meeting the needs of the average student. The atmosphere at times made learning impossible. I contribute this to the teachers inability or refusal to provide a conducive learning environment. However there were a few oustanding teachers who seem to be disappearing by the minute. As far as parental involvement goes my parents tried but were treated as hostiles for expressing the slightest of concerns. I am still amazed that I was able to graduate from this School.

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