Early College HS magnet (ECHS)

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Early College HS (ECHS) magnet program! 

You may reach Mr. Carlson, the North Garland High School Magnet Advisor Industry Liaison, by phone at 972-675-3120 x61301, and email.

The North Garland ECHS (Early College High School) is made up of a partnership between North Garland High School and Dallas College Richland Campus. This program offers students the opportunity to graduate with up to 60 college credits or an Associate's Degree for free. The North Garland ECHS students will conveniently attend courses inside a dedicated section of North Garland High School.

This allows students to experience college curriculum while participating in all of the organizations and extracurricular activities that North Garland High offers. These students will also have access to the Dallas College Richland campus and its resources.

The ECHS is limited to 125 students each year. This will allow students to be grouped in a small cohort to foster a tight-knit learning community. The ECHS is an extraordinary opportunity that could transform the life of your child.

Dustin Good ECHS Administrator

Brett Carlson ECHS Coordinator/Magnet Advisor

Christopher Johnson Counselor

Upcoming Welcome Events

Choose Garland ISD Expo

Each school year, GISD conducts the Choose Garland ISD School Expo and Magnet Fair where all eighth-grade families are invited to explore the various program opportunities with representatives from all schools in GISD. You will also be able to explore the various magnet program opportunities with campus magnet advisors.  Other guests include the district Guidance and Counselors Office, GISD Magnet Office, Dallas College and the Dallas Promise Scholarship.

This highly recommended district event is scheduled to occur on November 2, 2023, from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center. For more information, visit the Explore Garland ISD Expo page.

NGHS Magnet Open House

Parents and students, learn more about the following magnet programs:

MST (Math, Science, Technology)
AMS (Accelerated Math and Science)
PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) 
ECHS (Early College High School)

When: November 9, 2023
5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Performances
6:30 p.m. Magnet Information Meeting
Location: North Garland High School

The parent meetings will be conducted in English (cafeteria)  and in Spanish (library). After a brief parent meeting, you will have time to visit magnet teachers and students.

Magnet Application Process and Timelines

Students must meet initial qualifications for the magnet program in which they want to apply. These requirements vary by program and can include test scores, grades, art/music assessments and more.

For more information about the magnet application process and timelines, please visit the Garland ISD web site.

How To Apply

Please follow these steps to apply for magnet programs:

  1. Log in to Skyward Family Access during the application period (timeline available here).
  2. Choose the "online forms" option.
  3. Complete all required information.
  4. Apply for one or two different magnet programs.

If you are not currently a Garland ISD student, you must enroll before you can access the magnet application.

For additional information about the ECHS & PTECH, please contact Brett Carlson, 972-675-3120 x61301.

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