About Our School
Grades 9 – 12 | Traditional (with Programs of Choice)
Grand Prairie High School is the legacy high school in Grand Prairie with a rich history of academic achievement, college-readiness, school spirit, strong alumni support and one of only about 140 schools, nationwide, to earn AVID National Demonstration status. Students get the traditional high school experience along with many college and career choices.
How to know Grand Prairie High School is right for your child:
- Your child does not want to choose between participating in UIL sports, fine arts or CTE. At GPHS, students don’t have to choose, they can do it all.
- You want your child to have a well-rounded education with programs of choice and the traditional high school experience, complete with school spirit, pride and alumni support.
- Making sure your child is college and career-ready is a priority.
Unique ways your child can learn and grow here:
- Students can get a jump-start on their post-secondary education, including dual-credit.
- Pathways offered include: AVID, ECHS, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, Firefighting Academy, Construction Technology, Education and Leadership Preparatory, Sports Medicine and Nursing Academy.
- Students learn how to give back to their community by partnering with the city of Grand Prairie for various events throughout the year.
Career & Technical Education
Programs of Choice
For more information about each pathway, visit the CTE website here.
Construction Technology: Carpentry & Masonry
Construction technology is the study of methods and equipment used to build structures. Students are taught skills in engineering as construction, as well as in business and construction management. Most of the studies are performed in classrooms and laboratories but students are introduced to the trade through internships with on-site work experience.
The TRIO Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides an opportunity to gain entry level employment in the high-demand, highly skilled area of electrical work. Students entering their junior year will take courses taught by a master electrician, work in a paid internship during the summer between junior and senior year, all while earning dual credit from Dallas College. By graduation, students should have earned a TRIO Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Level 1 Certificate from Dallas College and will move immediately into the paid apprenticeship program at TRIO.
Law enforcement pathway students complete rigorous coursework in Law Enforcement with may certification opportunities as well as intern and job shadow experiences with the Grand Prairie Police Department, Campus Security, and various other organizations.
Legal studies pathway students’ coursework includes Business Law, Court Systems and Legal Studies practicum. Students also have many certification opportunities as well as intern and job shadow experiences with the Grand Prairie Prosecutors Office, Dallas County Courthouse, and various Law Firms in the DFW metroplex.
Students are provided with opportunities to learn about career options within the field of sports medicine while participating in advanced health science technology courses along with internship experiences on and off the playing field.
Digital Media Technology & Communications
This is a new program at GPHS that provides students exciting opportunities to become experts in developing video games, animated productions, graphic media, and more. This new and engaging pathway will build industry ready professionals and will give them a competitive edge and experience with state of the art methods and resources.
Education & Leadership Preparatory Academy
Preparing for a career in education, students develop professional life skills and participate in field experiences through Grand Prairie ISD. Students will earn 30 or more hours of college credit through the University of Texas at Arlington which may be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and will be prepared to take the TExES EC-6th teacher certification exam. After graduation, students who continue the program will be offered a Teacher Aide position in GPISD and will receive a pending contract to become a teacher upon completion of degree and certification.
Family and Community Services – Social Work
Available in the 2022-2023 school year
Family and Computer Services introduces students to knowledge and skills related to social services, including child and human development and consumer sciences. CTE students will learn (as well as practice) how to manage social and community services or family and consumer sciences. CTE students may follow career paths in social work.
The firefighter pathway will introduce students to firefighter safety and development. Students will also become acquainted with rules and regulations regarding fire protection, proper incident reporting and records, and proper use of personal protective equipment.
GPHS Early College High School (ECHS) and ECHS Nursing Academy
Grand Prairie Early College High School is a small high school designed to offer students a personalized and supportive college-preparatory environment as well as an opportunity to earn an associate degree from Mountain View College.
Students that apply to the Nursing Academy at ECHS will receive advanced certifications, hands-on nursing experience, internships, and targeted instruction leading to a nursing degree.
Marketing and Sales
Available in the 2022-2023 school year
Marketing and Sales is the development of strategies which target distinct customers. Marketing and Sales analysts are responsible for researching and developing marketing opportunities, planning and implementing new sales plans. CTE sudents will learn various other ways to promote the company’s products and services. This program of study contains two areas of focus: Real Estate or Social Media Marketing.
Early College High School
Early College High School
The Grand Prairie Early College High School (ECHS) is an innovative high school that provide students with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma while earning up to 60 college credit hours and an Associate of Science Degree from Dallas College. We are a small high school designed to offer students a personalized and supportive college-preparatory instructional environment, as well as a combined high school and college curriculum. Whatever your academic or career goals, the dual credit courses can help you to launch a successful future. All college textbooks, tuition, and transportation to and from Dallas College are free to students and parents.
The Nursing Academy
The Nursing Academy of the Grand Prairie Early College is a 5-year program. Students interested in becoming nurses should apply for this innovative and fast-tracked program. Students enter the Nursing Academy in the 9th grade and graduate from high school with an Associate of Science Degree. Nursing students begin taking nursing pre-requisites at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Fall of their senior year and transition to full time enrollment after their high school graduation. With one year remaining, students graduate from University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. All college textbooks, tuition, and transportation as well as nursing supplies and equipment are free to students and parents.
At GPHS, students have the opportunity to take rigorous coursework and to potentially earn college credit while still in high school. The following options are available for students:
Advanced Placement (AP)
GPHS offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English, social studies, mathematics, science, foreign language, music theory, and art. Students are given the opportunity to show mastery in these college-level courses by taking the Advanced Placement examination in May of each year.
Dual credit allows a high school student to earn college credit and high school credit concurrently. We partner with Northlake Community College to offer dual credit to our students.
GPHS offers courses through UT Austin’s OnRamps Program which allows students to earn UT college credit within a high school classroom. The following courses are offered via UT OnRamps.
- English Rhetoric
- College Algebra
- Geosciences (Earth and Space)
- Chemistry I
- Chemistry II
Clubs & Organizations
GPHS has various student clubs and organizations to help develop character, leadership, and school pride.
Career and Technical Organizations (CTSO)
- Skills USA
- Legal Studies CTSO
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- Police Explorer/Criminal Justice Club
- Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE)
- GPHS Photo
Additional Clubs & Organizations
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- African American Student Organization (AASO)
- League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- Girls Who Code
- Academic Decathlon
- Class Officers
- Student Council
- Kindness Crew
- Future Ready Club
- Student Athletic Training
- UIL Academics
- National Honor Society
- GEEPETTES Drill Team
The Athletics program serves as a functioning part of the school and offers a variety of participation opportunities to represent GPHS. Participation in athletics assists in helping students develop positive relationships, increase academic success, and build good citizenship qualities.
Sports Offered at GPHS:
- Cross Country
- Special Olympics
- Track and Field
GPHS ensures students’ artistic success through creation, engagement and performance that promotes maximum student achievement. The various programs within the Fine Arts Department offered at GPHS includes:
- Art 2D
- Art 3D
- Ballet Folklorico
- Theatre Arts
Frequently Asked Questions
I am zoned to attend GP but I want to be in one of the programs of choice. Do I still have to apply?
I really want to apply for ECHS. Will I still be able to play sports or be involved in other extracurricular activities?
Can I still take college classes even if I am not in ECHS?