Best Innovative School Program

Crime Scene Investigation at Gonzalo Garza Independence High School

Each day for six summer weeks 20 teens from Gonzalo Garza Independence High School gather in a portable they have dubbed "The Squad Room." Each member dons a white lab coat emblazoned with the symbol of the program, "CSI Garza," looking more like college grad students or professionals than high schoolers. They meet each day, often with investigators from Austin Police Department such as Kim Orban (a crime scene specialist), retired Senior Sgt. Rennie Dunn, Dennis Degler (latent print specialist), and countless others, to explore the world of crime-scene investigation. This new program offers four credits to these eager teens including chemistry, integrated physics and chemistry, business computer information systems, and crime-scene investigation in this mind-bending opportunity to take a closer look at forensic science.

Gonzalo Garza Independence High School
1600 Chicon, 512/414-8600
www.austinisd.org

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