Frequently Asked Questions
How is Garza different?
Gonzalo Garza Independence High School is an open-enrollment/open-exit academic school of choice designed to meet the needs of students who:
- Have completed two full years of high school and who currently have at least 10 credits
- Need to remove "traditional barriers" to high school completion
- Are behind in high school completion credits and desire an academic setting in which multi-credit courses challenge students to experience the work of school and professionals in the real world
- Need the expert knowledge of teachers that creatively craft their curriculum to allow the opportunity for success through one-on-one instruction
- Want the chance to engage with connected, relevant, and demanding curriculum
- Wish to pursue an academic setting while providing extensive carer education, college preparation, counseling, and support services
How many credits must a student have to enroll in Gonzalo Garza Independence High School?
Students must have 10 credits to enroll. The school follows the state requirements for graduation credits and offers students the option of graduating in 3 years.
What is the attendance requirement at Gonzalo Garza Independence High School?
Gonzalo Garza Independence High School enforces the "ninety percent rule" by requiring 90 percent or better attendance to award a course credit. If a student has less than 90 percent attendance, the credit will be put on hold while a student performs a certain amount of hours in community service.
Can students attend Gonzalo Garza Independence High School to earn credits and return to their home school to graduate?
Dual high school enrollment is not permitted. Students accepted at Gonzalo Garza Independence High School have their own graduation.
Can students attend Garza and ACC concurrently?
Yes. Dual enrollment at ACC is permitted and encouraged for juniors and seniors. Taking classes at ACC while enrolled at Garza is economical and exposes the student to college-level coursework.
What percentage of students applies and/or attends post-secondary education?
- 80% apply for 2-year community colleges or an associate degree
- 16% attend 4-year universities
- Projected 2006 32% attendance 4 year universities
Who can I contact to get more information?
Go check out our Registrar's Page for more information as well as getting in touch with the right people.