GISD Magnet Programs

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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.

Magnet Application

See the individual program pages for application information.

See the Application Timeline page for dates and deadline information.

Bus Transportation

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 to confirm the appropriate campus.

GISD Magnet Programs and Locations
Elementary Programs School(s)
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
Hillside Academy for Excellence
Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence

Mandarin Chinese Back Elementary
Weaver Elementary
Math, Science, Technology (MST) Magnet [K-5] Beaver Technology Center
Watson Technology Center
Montessori Herfurth Elementary
Luna Elementary
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)

College & Career Magnet

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

Math, Science, Technology (MST) Magnet

North Garland High School

Frequently Asked Questions About Magnet Programming

Where can I find general information about the magnet programs?
Information about the magnet program is available on the GISD website and at each magnet campus.
How is information about the magnet programs disseminated? How do interested parents and students learn more about a specific program?
Information is disseminated to parents and students about each magnet program through annual parent information meetings held at the magnet campuses and through each magnet campus.
When are the parent information meetings held? Who may attend?
Parent information meetings for specific programs and grade levels are held during the school year prior to the annual “choice of school” period. Meetings are held for elementary magnet schools from November through February, middle school magnets from December through January and high school magnets from September through October. January Meetings are open to all interested parents and students. Flyers announcing specific dates and times are sent home with students, information is posted on the GISD website as well as the school websites.
I understand that all of the information meetings take place prior to the annual “choice of school” period. If I am planning to have my child apply to one of the magnet programs, do I choose the magnet campus as my “first choice” school?
A new applicant who wishes to attend the magnet portion of an academy and has not been given an acceptance invitation should select a school other than the magnet campus. In other words, you should proceed with the “choice” process with the assumption that your child will NOT be admitted to the magnet program. In the event that your child is accepted, you will be notified by the school, and they will initiate the transfer process.
What are the testing/ application deadlines for GISD students and for students new to Garland ISD or for those attending private or home schools?

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.

I’ve heard that there are slots available for “neighborhood” children to attend the magnet schools. Would my child be eligible to enroll as a “neighborhood” student?

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.