GISD Magnet Programs

Interested in a Magnet Program?

GISD is dedicated to providing high quality, innovative educational opportunities that inspire students to learn and achieve their goals. Our magnet programs offer a wide range of opportunities with specialized curriculum in areas such as

  • Math, science & technology
  • Dual language in Spanish
  • Mandarin Chinese dual language immersion
  • Enriched English, math, and arts programs
  • Global business and leadership
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Classical studies and arts
  • College and career
  • Montessori

Each magnet program has unique criteria that students must meet in order to apply. Identify which programs your son/daughter qualifies for by reviewing information about our magnet programs.  Students who meet the magnet qualifications are encouraged to apply to the appropriate magnet program(s). A magnet application must be submitted to the GISD online application system by or before the deadline to be considered for a GISD magnet program. Students already participating in a GISD magnet program are eligible to continue in that program as long as they continue to meet the qualifications and expectations for their given magnet strand.

Magnet Application

See the individual program pages for application information.

Program eligibility testing

See the Application Process 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
Academy for Excellence [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
Academy for Excellence 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 (Classical)

Lakeview Centennial High School
Collegiate Academy Lakeview Centennial High School
International Baccalaureate World School (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