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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
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Garza Independence High School is a highly rated, public, alternative school located in Austin, TX. It has 205 students in grades 11-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
1600 Chicon
Austin, TX 78702
Telephone
(512) 414-8600

Garza Independence High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
52%
Average SAT
1180
31 responses
Average ACT
28
5 responses
AP Enrollment
11%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$92,709
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,552
National
$949
Median Home Value
$329,968
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
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Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • Individual parade when someone finishes credits
    36%
  • You get your own ceremony when you finish classes
    36%
  • Halloween costume parade of kids and pets
    18%
  • Mix-it-up Day!!!
    9%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
205
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
38%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,975
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
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Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,703/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
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Garza Independence High School Reviews

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Because all the classes at Garza are self-paced, how much effort or time each student wants to put in determines the student's outcomes. I was very motivated and love learning, and found all of my teachers to be incredibly helpful and flexible. Every teacher constantly asks each student if they need help with something, and are super excited to sit and go through each step of something one-on-one until the student understands. There were many students who were not motivated, and didn't really care about learning the material, so didn't accept help offered. Those students (who are also the reason why the drop-out statistics are so bad, nothing else) are NO reflection on the teachers who were very happy to help but could not force someone to accept assistance. My English teacher at Garza was way way better than the any of the pHD'd teachers I'd had at St. Stephen's and Westlake, was incredibly helpful and really flexible about how to do projects. She was happy to work with anyone to design a custom project on a book even if it wasn't part of the usual curriculum. That's the beauty of the school! All of the teachers are amazing, my math teacher Mr. Kapasi was the only teacher I've ever had in the subject who sat down and taught me to ENJOY it! Everyone I had in my 2 years was incredibly knowledgeable, infinitely patient, flexible, fun and wonderful.
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Personally, I loved Garza because everything was tailored for me and academic needs. The courses are self paced and the teachers are very helpful. The principal is also very involved and makes sure she knows everyone so no one feels left out. It's not so much a school, but more so a small community.
This school has saved my son's educational future. It is such a caring place, with teachers and staff that care about each child. This school is Nationally Recognized for it's unique model of education. It really puts kids in the driver's seat when it comes to academic success. It is super diverse, and accepting of everyone, including kids that are not traditional learners, or one's that have had problems at other schools fitting in. There is no judgement of others allowed, period. There has only been one fight in the history of the school. Zero tolerance for violence. 100% tolerance for individuality. There are a lot of gifted kids who have wrestled with traditional education. Supportive of every race, sexual preference, individual differences. The arts program is incredible.

The chess team won State last year.