Choice of School

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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.

Learn more about the advantages parents and students receive from our unique enrollment process in this video.

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 Jan. 30 and ends Feb. 28.

Elementary choice

For students entering grades PK-5 in the fall, the choice period begins March 23 and ends April 21.

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