Award Year: 2015

Kimberlin Academy for Excellence

1520 Cumberland Drive
Garland, TX, 75040-8099

(972) 926-2560

Mrs. Tyisha Fletcher Nelson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

Garland Independent School District

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To foster excellence among all stakeholders in order to provide an enriched learning environment that gives all students the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 20%
  • White: 30%
  • Hispanic: 39%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 17%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Kimberlin Knights celebrate a chain reaction of kindness and compassion at their PRIDE Rally.

Kimberlin Knights celebrate a "chain reaction" of kindness and compassion at their PRIDE Rally.

National and state recognition has brought deeper credence to the school’s motto: “A tradition of excellence.” Kimberlin Academy serves approximately 452 students from a variety of cultures and academic backgrounds.

The staff believe that in order to teach minds, they must also reach hearts. Kimberlin's school-wide positive behavior support plan is referred to as PRIDE. It serves as a guide to help students develop their own academic and behavior goals. The purpose of the program is to motivate students to take pride and ownership of every decision they make in order to create and foster an inner drive for success.

Through the iTime model, 50 minutes per day of instructional time is dedicated to meet the individual learning needs of each student by providing academic intervention, acceleration, or enrichment. Technology is appropriately implemented to enhance student learning and ensure students are future ready.

Kimberlin Academy recognizes that fine arts education is an important aspect of student growth. All students participate in both music and art classes that challenge learners to think critically, be self-disciplined, and cooperate while building self-confidence so that they may comfortably express themselves artistically. Students also participate in an extended day program that includes classes such as robotics, choir, math/science team, orchestra, piano, harp, and drama.

The school's vision is to ignite a passion for learning today that empowers students for success tomorrow. While emphasizing academic excellence, Kimberlin has created an exceptional culture of purpose, responsibility, integrity, determination, and character excellence.