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Academic Success Program: Garland High School

  • Academic Success Program: Garland High School
  • 310 S Garland Ave
  • Garland, TX 75040
  • Alex Sabin
  • College Advisor
  • (512) 632-4430

Program Description


The Academic Success Program (ASP) is a comprehensive high school program that helps inner-city students in the 9th through 12th grades prepare for college. ASP's primary focus is on students who are first in their families to attend to college. ASP helps these inner-city students first realize that college is within their grasp and then provides them with the tools necessary to make their dreams a reality.

ASP has been recognized both nationally and statewide as a top program in education by the National College Access Network, National Education Association, the National Education Board in Washington, D.C., the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Association of School Administrators. While these are impressive achievements, ASP's focus is to do more than help students gain admission and scholarships to top colleges; the goal is to change students' lives and their communities.

ASP has enjoyed tremendous success. Students who would not have otherwise considered going to college now attend Top-Tier universities with 100% of their financial need met. During ASP's 20-year history, ASP students have been accepted to over 50 top-tier universities throughout the United States, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Duke, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, NYU, Wellesley, Boston College, Brandeis, Bowdoin, Colgate, the University of Texas, SMU, and Texas A&M. In the last three years, ASP has had seven students accepted to Harvard out of Dallas Independent School District. Moreover, in the last three years, ASP high schools have garnered an average of $4.1 million dollars each in scholarships and financial aid.


ASP is not just a college application assistance program. ASP works with students at every level to prepare them to be college-ready by graduation. At the core of the program is the ASP College Advisor, a recent top university graduate that directs the ASP program at the high school campus full-time. The College Advisors understand how to help students, because they come from similar backgrounds and share common experiences. They have an inside perspective on gaining admission to a top university and surviving the academic rigor of the college experience. They are the role models that help lift students out of their difficult circumstances to a life of scholarship and success. With the direction, mentoring, and motivation of the ASP College Advisor, students begin preparing for college as early as the 9th grade. Some of ASP's core components include: personalized college guidance with the ASP College Advisor, SAT preparation camps, regular parent meetings, leadership opportunities within ASP, writing workshops, college essay assistance, college resume assistance, college interview seminars, college field trips, and financial aid workshops. At every step of the way, the ASP College Advisor is there to help the students navigate the labyrinth that is today's college admissions process. Generally, this type of personal attention can only be had by the wealthiest of students at the best private schools. ASP makes it possible for inner-city students to receive the same attention at no cost to the student.

Services Provided

  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Colgate University
  • Columbia University in the City of New York
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University