Choice of School

In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

Annual choice of school periods

There are two 30-day Choice of School periods each spring:

  • Secondary choice - For students entering grades 6-12 in the fall, the choice period begins in January and ends in February.
  • Elementary choice - For students entering grades PK-5 in the fall, the choice period begins in March and ends in April.

Choice of School Informational Meetings

For Secondary parents

January 19, 2016 6:00 PM

Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center
720 Stadium Drive
Garland, TX 75040-4616

For Elementary parents

March 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Cisneros Prekindergarten School
2826 S. Fifth St.
Garland, TX 75041-3122

March 2, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Parsons Prekindergarten School
2202 Richoak Drive,
Garland, TX 75044-7524

March 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Nicholson Memorial Library
625 Austin St,
Garland, TX 75040

Who must participate in Choice of School?

Parents are required to participate in Choice of School if their student is:

  • Moving from elementary to middle or middle to high school
  • New to Garland ISD schools
  • Would like to attend a different school for the upcoming school year

How to submit your choice

Current students

For current GISD students, parents may complete a Choice of School form online through Skyward Family Access or may return a paper form to their current campus. You must return/submit the Choice of School form on or before the 30-day deadline.

Parents are given the opportunity to make a first, second and third choice.

New to GISD

Students who are new to GISD will complete the Choice of School form as part of the enrollment process.

Special programs

Students who are invited to and accept a seat in a special program (magnet, special education, etc. ) are not required to participate in the Choice of School process.


Students who live more than 2 miles from a campus may be eligible for district transportation.

Transportation maps are available:

School assignments

Although our goal is to grant everyone’s choice, various factors play a role in the final outcome of matching students with campuses.

Available seats are filled by students who:

  • Live in a dedicated transportation route to their campus of choice
  • Have a sibling who attends that campus (same Family ID) and is not a participant in a special program (magnet, special education, etc. )
  • Lives the closest of all students requesting that grade level and program at that location

The number of available seats is determined by:

  • building capacity
  • teacher to student ratios
  • court-ordered ethnicity ratio requirements
  • existing students' right to remain at that campus


Choice of School Period
for 2016-2017 School Year

Secondary Choice Period
(Grades 5-11)

Jan. 28, 2016 – Feb. 26, 2016

Elementary Choice Period
(Grades PreK-4)

Mar. 17, 2016 – Apr. 15, 2016

Student Services & School Choice

Student Services

Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center
720 Stadium Dr.
Garland, TX   75040
map link

972-494-8275 (fax)

Why does Garland ISD have a Choice of School Plan?

The District is governed by a desegregation plan under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, approved under the 1970 Civil Court Order, and amended in 1987 by Civil Court Action.

Under the provisions of the plan, the District does not designate school attendance areas during the annual 30-day Choice of School selection period, when parents or students 18 years of age or older are required to select the school the student would like to attend for he upcoming school year.

The upcoming 30-day choice period is conducted every spring semester. If by the end of the choice period the parent or 18-year old student has not selected a school, the District will make a choice for the student. These choices are binding for the next school year.