Signature programs

Coyle Technology Center for Math & Science

Coyle Technology Center for Math & Science School is a GISD Innovative School of Choice with a focus on math, science, engineering, and technology. Students have expanded opportunities to develop teamwork, perseverance, leadership, and strong communication skills.

See our Coyle Technology Center for Math & Science School page to learn more.

AVID

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AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The AVID and AVID Excel (ELL students) Programs are a system to prepare students in academics for four-year college eligibility and other postsecondary opportunities. It has a proven track record in bringing out the best in students, and in closing the achievement gap.  

Our students will use the AVID Binder system to develop learners who can self-direct, self-evaluate, self-monitor, and self-advocate. ALL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED to maintain their school binder following the AVID Binder model.

What is the AVID Binder?

The AVID Binder is a system for keeping essential school materials and class assignments organized into one binder. A proper AVID Binder contains all the "required items" from the school supply list. Below, you can watch a short video on How to Organize Your AVID Binder.

AVID binder checks will be conducted once a month in predetermined classes. Teachers leading the monthly AVID Binder checks will be looking for “Required Items” and overall organization. Please review the AVID Binder model video so can help prepare your child at home for a successful binder check, and to learn more about AVID.

How can I support my child at home?

Regularly check your student's backpack and AVID Binder. All papers should be placed in binder rings in the proper class section. Remove unnecessary papers. Ensure all required materials are present. We encourage you to reference the video below.

For more information please see Avid Coordinator Taylor Carn

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

What is PLTW? Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an innovative project-based learning program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges in an exciting and engaging way. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. Students work through modules that consist of activities, a project, and a problem. They work through three main activities where they gain knowledge and skills. Then they proceed to use those skills to investigate a meaningful project before finally transferring and applying skills to a real-world problem.

App Creators - 6th grade

App Creators introduces students to the field of computer science and the concepts of computational thinking, through the creation of mobile apps. Students are challenged to be creative and innovative, as they collaboratively design and develop mobile solutions to engaging, authentic problems. Students experience the positive impact of the application of computer science to society as well as other disciplines, particularly biomedical science.

 

Design and Modeling - 8th grade

Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.

 

 

Leadership Cadet Corps (6th -7th Grade)

This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills for access to a physically active and healthy lifestyle. Cadets participate in activities that emphasize leadership development, positive self-esteem, teamwork and responsible patriotic citizenship. Cadets are taught professional courtesy, respect, discipline and basic leadership traits. Strong emphasis is placed on honesty, values, self-discipline, physical fitness and a desire to graduate from high school. Wellness is designed to introduce cadets to diet and exercise regimes and enhance individual fitness. Students enrolled in this course will receive Physical Education equivalent credit.

JROTC (8th Grade HS Credit)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the historical development and role of military branches in history throughout the centuries. Cadets participate in activities that emphasize leadership development, positive self-esteem, teamwork and responsible patriotic citizenship. Cadets are taught professional courtesy, respect, discipline and basic leadership traits. Strong emphasis is placed on honesty, values, self-discipline, physical fitness and a desire to graduate from high school. Wellness is designed to introduce cadets to diet and exercise regimes and enhance individual fitness. Students enrolled in this course will receive Physical Education equivalent credit.