Award Year: 2014

Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence

3101 Edgewood Drive
Garland, TX, 75042-6345

(972) 494-8330

Mr. Alex Rivera, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School, Choice School

Garland ISD

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To provide an exceptional education for all students by teaming with our school community to present both basic and innovative learning opportunities every day.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 23%
  • Hispanic: 48%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 32%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
First graders critiquing their Juan Miró inspired paintings.

First graders critiquing their Juan Miró inspired paintings.

Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence is located in an industrial part of the city of Garland and matriculates 547 students from a variety of cultures and academic backgrounds. It is an exemplary elementary school that has academically gifted and fine arts programs that serve both neighborhood students as well as invited students who qualify for the gifted and talented program through rigorous testing.

John F. Kennedy once said that "A rising tide will lift all boats." Walnut Glen is that rising tide. Walnut Glen excels in its presentation of the arts. They are displayed, practiced, appreciated and offered to the students as an integral part of their personal development. The Strings Orchestra is open to all 4th and 5th grade students who desire entry. There is also the award winning Orff Ensemble, open to 3rd through 5th grade students through auditions, that utilizes elementary sized percussion and mallet instruments to perform multi-harmonic instrumental orchestrations.

The school is dedicated to providing an educational environment that meets the complex and multi-faceted needs of its entire diverse population. It seeks to cultivate complex, creative, and real world activities that will have meaning for students whose backgrounds, interests and talents vastly differ. The school's ultimate goal is to create responsible, contributing members of a world society.