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 Study at Grand Prairie High School
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, Spanish, 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. Our AP students also get resources provided the National Math and Science Initiative.
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 allowing students to earn UT college credit within a high school classroom as dual enrollment. 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
- Weight Lifting
GPHS ensures students’ artistic success through creation, engagement, and performance, promoting maximum student achievement. The various programs within the Fine Arts Department offered at GPHS include:
- Art 2D
- Art 3D
- Pride of the Prairie Band
- Mariachi Azul
- Fuego Azul 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?