Magnet schools feature special programs not offered at other schools. In Garland ISD, there are twelve magnet schools for a variety of students: gifted/talented students, students with a high interest in math, science, and technology, students interested in classical studies, global business, Mandarin Chinese and students focused on college and career preparation.
All GISD magnet programs require prospective students to meet specific criteria to enroll. While a limited number of spaces are reserved at each magnet campus to accommodate neighborhood students, admission to a given magnet program is by invitation only.
Once a student is accepted, as long as he/she continues to meet participation criteria, he/she will usually continue with the magnet program from year to year.
For gifted/talented magnets, waiting list placement is determined by rank. In other words, students who have the highest rankings on standardized tests (gifted) or the highest rankings for their portfolio/audition (artistically talented) are placed at the top of the list.
For all other magnet programs, admission of new students and placement on waiting list is by lottery.
See the individual program pages for application information.
See the Application Timeline page for dates and deadline information.
Students who live two or more miles from their magnet program are eligible for bus transportation. In the case of multiple campuses offering the same magnet programming, parents are advised to contact the Department of Transportation at 972-494-8530 or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the appropriate campus.
|Classical Magnet [K-5]||Classical Center at Vial|
|Dual Language Magnet [K-5]||Classical Center at Vial|
|Gifted & Talented Academy [K-5]||
Kimberlin Academy for Excellence
|Mandarin Chinese||Back Elementary
|Math, Science, Technology (MST) Magnet [K-5]||Beaver Technology Center
Watson Technology Center
|Middle School Programs||School(s)|
|Classical Magnet||Classical Center at Brandenburg|
|Gifted & Talented Academy||Austin Academy for Excellence|
|Global Business, Leadership, & Language Magnet||Sellers Middle School|
|Math, Science, Technology (MST) Magnet||Jackson Technology Center|
|High School Programs||School(s)|
|Lakeview Centennial High School|
|Collegiate Academy||Lakeview Centennial High School|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||Garland High School|
|Performing Arts Endorsement (PAE)||Garland High School|
|Global Business, Leadership, & Language Magnet||Naaman Forest High School|
|North Garland High School|
Frequently Asked Questions About Magnet Programming
Testing schedules are established for the school year for all students attending Garland ISD schools. Testing/application deadlines are distributed at the parent information meetings. Due to financial constraints, “on demand” testing is not available.
Each year, a limited number of places at the school are reserved for non-magnet students. In the elementary magnets and at Austin Academy (the middle school gifted/talented magnet), the number of neighborhood slots is quite small.
For “neighborhood” slots, preference is given to students living closest to the campus. Therefore, unless you live in the immediate neighborhood of the magnet campus, it is not advisable to choose a magnet school as your first or second “choice” school.
At the secondary level, with the exception of Austin Academy for Excellence, the magnet programs are operated as a “school within a school.” This means that you may choose these campuses during the choice of school process, but you may not enroll in magnet program classes without prior admittance to the magnet program.