Enrollment

Welcome! We’re delighted that you’ve chosen to join the Garland ISD family. The enrollment process described below is your first step towards customizing an exceptional education for your child.

 

Required documents

You need originals of the following documents to enroll:

  • the child's birth certificate
  • your child's immunization records
  • proof of residency within our district boundaries (see below)
  • your child's social security card (if available)
  • recent report card (if applicable)

New to the district?

You also need previous school records with a copy of the student's Home Language Survey if your student is enrolling in GISD for the first time.

Additional documents for pre-k enrollment

To enroll in prekindergarten, you also need documentation that proves your child is eligible.

See the Prekindergarten enrollment section below for more information.

What can be used as proof of residency?

To prove that you live within district boundaries, please provide either:

  • contract/lease agreement/mortgage statement
  • most current water, gas, or electric bill*

*All proof of residency must show a service address and be dated within the last 30 days.

Note: If you are currently living with another person and the proof of residency is in that person's name, both you and that person will need to sign a notarized affidavit. This can be done in the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services or Enrollment Center offices.

Where do I enroll?

Enroll a child who speaks English

If your child speaks English and their home language is English, you may enroll at the school you want your child to attend. If you need help verifying seat availability, you may contact Student Services.

Enroll a child who speaks a language other than English

If your child's home language is a language other than English, you will enroll at the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Enrollment Center. Your enrollment process will also include language testing, which can take up to three hours depending on the age and ability level of the student. 

Trained staff who speak English and Spanish will be able to assist you throughout the entire enrollment process and will connect you with support services such as the Enrollment Center Clinic and Migrant Program liaison, if needed.

What to expect during the enrollment process

The enrollment process takes at least 45 minutes and can last several hours if language testing is required.  Families are served by appointments. You may request an appointment in person at the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center or by submitting an online enrollment application.

In March and August, our busiest enrollment periods, you may have to come to the Enrollment Center and set up an appointment to return later and complete enrollment.

During enrollment, you will be asked to complete several forms:

  • Enrollment form - To provide general information about your child. 
  • Directory Information -  To indicate your preferences regarding disclosure of certain personal information
  • Choice of School - To choose the school you would like your child to attend. If space is not available at your school of choice, you may request placement on a waiting list. The Student Services Department can help with finding an available school. 

Prekindergarten enrollment

Pre-k classes are only available for eligible students that meet the age requirement.

We encourage you to start the enrollment process early. There may not be any space left at the schools close to your home if you wait until August. Keep in mind that turning in an enrollment card or pre-k application does not guarantee a spot for your child.

What is the age requirement?

Your child must be four years old on or before September 1.

Is my child eligible for Pre-K?

At least one of these conditions must apply to your child.

Either your child:

  • does not speak or understand English (Limited English Proficient)
  • is considered educationally disadvantaged based on family income
  • is homeless
  • has a parent who is active duty Military, Guard or Reserve or who was injured or killed while on active duty
  • is currently or was previously under the care of DFPS (Department of Family and Protective Services)
  • has a parent or official guardian who is eligible for the Star of Texas Award

If your child meets the age requirement and at least one other condition then they qualify for Pre-K.

What does educationally disadvantaged mean?

A child is educationally disadvantaged if their family:

  • receives food stamps through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • receives Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • receives Medicaid benefits
  • is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch program based on household income
Does my student qualify based on family income?

If your child is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch program then they are also eligible for prekindergarten.

Refer to the Federal income eligibility guidelines chart to determine if your income qualifies for the National School Lunch program.

What documents do I need to enroll?

To enroll your child, you must have:

  • the child's birth certificate
  • your child's social security card (if available)
  • documentation that proves child's eligibility (see below)
  • proof of residency within our district boundaries (see below)
  • your child's immunization records (you may enroll without these but they are required before your child can start school)
What is required to prove eligibility?
If you are applying...Please provide...
as a family receiving SNAP, TANF or Medicaid benefitsyour SNAP, TANF or Medicaid approval letter that contains your Eligibility Determination Group number (EDG#).
with a child that is educationally disadvantaged because of low incomea completed prekindergarten income eligibility form AND a current paycheck stub or other proof of income.
as a homeless familya completed student residency questionnaire.
with a child whose parent who is active duty Military, Guard or Reservea department of Defense photo ID.
with a child whose parent was injured or killed while on active dutya statement of service, copy of death certificate, purple heart orders or citation, line of duty determination, or official letter from a commander.
with a child who is or was under DFPS carea verification letter of Pre-K eligibility from DFPS or other official documentation.
with a child whose parent or official guardian is eligible for the Star of Texas Awardcopy of the Star of Texas Award certificate
What can be used as proof of residency?*

To prove that you live within district boundaries, please provide either:

  • contract/lease agreement/mortgage statement
  • most current water, gas, or electric bill

*All proof of residency must show a service address and be dated within the last 30 days.

Note: If you are currently living with another person and the proof of residency is in that person's name, both you and that person will need to sign a notarized affidavit. This can be done in the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services or Enrollment Center offices.

Contact us

For more information about enrollment, contact:

Student Services

or visit:

Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center