School transfers

A transfer from one Garland ISD school to another may be requested by completing an In-district Transfer Request Form. These forms are available at every campus and at the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center.

We will consider a school transfer request for the following reasons:

  • Change of residency

  • Bus route/neighborhood school needs

  • Unite eligible siblings

  • Compelling hardship

If you would like to request a transfer in order to participate in a special program or course, the procedure is different. See the section on transfer requests for programmatic reasons.

How requests are processed

Transfer requests are processed differently depending on circumstance and time of year:

  • From the end of the 30-day choice period until schools return from summer vacation, all in-district transfer requests are processed by Student Services. 

  • After schools return from summer break and through the rest of the current school year, transfer requests are processed by the receiving school.

  • Transfers for students enrolled in a self-contained educational program will be processed by Special Education.

Student Services will handle any appeals for transfers that were denied by the campus.

Transfer requests for programmatic reasons

Students that want to transfer schools so they may participate in a special program or course offering will submit their request to the principal of the school where the program/course is taught.

If the transfer is granted, the student must agree to remain in the special program/course for the full academic year. A Transfer Request for Special Program Offering form will be signed by the principal and the parent upon approval.

Timelines for programmatic transfer requests

Programmatic transfers will only be considered from the end of the 30-day choice period until the last day of the spring semester. Programmatic transfers will not be considered once school starts or during summer vacation.

New students

Students new to the district must qualify and apply for the program they wish to get into. Only students that qualify may enroll in a magnet program or be placed on a waitlist. Please contact the magnet program coordinator for assistance with this process.