Award Year: 2021

Trinidad Trini Garza Early College High School At Mountain View

4849 W. Illinois Avenue
Dallas, TX, 75211-6503

(214) 860-3680

Dr. Macario Hernandez, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Choice School

Dallas Independent School District

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Trini Garza ECHS empowers students and transforms communities through a rigorous education and provides underserved students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing high school.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • Hispanic: 92%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Trinidad Garza students on campus ready to learn.

Trinidad Garza students on campus ready to learn.

Trinidad "Trini" Garza Early College High School is a public school of choice in Dallas ISD. Garza ECHS is on the Dallas College Mountain View campus in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The students attend high school and college classes as they work toward graduating with their high school diploma and an associate degree. The "Garza Family" empowers all students to take charge of their own learning and build upon their personal strengths, language, lived experiences, and home culture. The Garza ECHS team is intentional in fostering a rigorous instructional focus by consistently embedding all six pillars of the Common Instructional Framework. In addition to exemplary academic achievement, Garza ECHS views diversity, equity, and inclusion as the bedrocks of our school culture.

Garza ECHS students, staff, parents, and community members developed a social justice framework, empowering students to transform their community through equity-based initiatives, social actions, civic engagement, and community-centered projects. African American and Mexican American Studies were also incorporated into the school curriculum to promote student voice. In 2019, students raised their collective voices at a Texas State Board of Education public hearing, which resulted in African American Studies being approved statewide. In partnership with University of North Texas-Dallas and Project 826, students published, Faceless: Untold Side Effects of Culture, Race, & COVID-19, a book of anecdotal stories, poems, and lived experiences endured during the pandemic. Garza ECHS believes in giving voice to an incredibly resilient generation of students navigating one of the most unprecedented times in history.