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ICON Virtual School program

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The ICON Virtual School program application is now open! From Oct. 11-17, students in kindergarten through sixth grade can apply to attend school at the virtual campus.

Apply to ICON in Skyward

To better support the diverse needs of our families, we are officially launching the ICON Virtual School program. With ICON, students have the opportunity to get an exceptional education online through our virtual campus.

Students will attend fully virtual classes supported by full-time virtual teachers. Classes will be held at the same time as normal school hours. The program is available for students in kindergarten through grade 6.

How to apply

An online application form for the Icon Virtual School will be posted in your child’s Skyward Family Access. The application window will open on Monday, October 11th, and close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, October 17th.

Qualifying for ICON

Students who meet one of the following may apply:

  • Students in grades K-6 who were enrolled in face-to-face learning for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance.
  • Students in grades K-6 who were enrolled in remote instruction for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance and meet the requirements below:
    • 70 or above in core classes in the 2020-21 school year
    • Passed STAAR/EOC in the 2020-21 school year
    • Demonstrate grade-level proficiency on a different assessment that shows grade level proficiency in TEKS

ICON Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I expect a response after submitting my child's application for ICON? [10/13/21]

Parent notifications will go out by the close of business, Wednesday, 10/20/21.  Parents of qualifying students will need to accept or decline their child’s seat via Skyward Family Access by 11:59 PM, Friday, 10/22/21.

How do I enroll my child in ICON? [revised 10/12/21]

An online application form for the Icon Virtual School will be posted in your child’s Skyward Family Access.

The application window will open on Monday, October 11th, and close at 11:59 PM on Sunday October 17th.

 

Who is eligible to enroll in ICON? [revised 10/14/21]
  • Students in kindergarten through 6th grade who were enrolled in face-to-face learning for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance.
  • Students in kindergarten through 6th grade who were enrolled in remote instruction for at least 50% of the 2020-21 school year and are currently in good standing with 90% or better attendance and meet the requirements below:
    • 70 or above in core classes in the 2020-21 school year
    • Passed STAAR/EOC in the 2020-21 school year
    • Demonstrate grade level proficiency on a different assessment that shows grade level proficiency in TEKS
How is ICON Virtual School funded?

Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB15 legislation into law on Sept. 9, 2021, which allowed GISD to open the ICON Virtual School program for kindergarten through sixth grade. SB15 would fund and accredit ICON, under specific guidelines. Please note that Pre-K is not eligible for fully funded remote learning under SB15. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released an update on SB15. Please review this important information online at the TEA Senate Bill Update.

Why is prekindergarten (Pre-K) not eligible? [9/10/21]

Prekindergarten is not included in the final SB15 legislation.  Since Pre-K will not be funded, we will not be able to offer it in ICON.

Why is 7-12th grade not eligible for ICON?

GISD has focused on kindergarten through sixth grade as the priority for 2021-22, as this is the grade range for which there is no approved vaccine at this time.  As we look ahead to expand the ICON program in 2022-23 and beyond, we will explore offerings for all grades K-12.

What will happen to Temporary Virtual Learning (TVL)? Will it continue? [9/10/21]

Students who are currently participating in TVL and meet eligibility requirements will have to apply for the ICON Virtual School program. Once ICON has begun, TVL will no longer be available. Any student who was enrolled in TVL that is not approved for ICON will be required to return to face-to-face learning on their home campus.

When will my child take the MAP Assessment? [revised 9/22/21]

Students already took the MAP Assessments at the beginning of the school year, in August.  They will also take the middle-of-the-year assessment in January and the end-of-the-year in May.  

When will ICON start? [9/10/21]

We are working to finalize the logistics and the timeline. The ICON Virtual School program does not have a start date at this time; however, we understand this is a priority for our community. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

If my child was remote last year and did not pass STAAR is it true they cannot participate in ICON? [9/10/21]

If your child participated in face-to-face instruction for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child is eligible to participate in ICON regardless of STAAR/EOC performance.

 If your child participated in remote Instruction in 2020-21 for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child must have a passing score on STAAR/EOC.

If my child was remote last year and did not pass their core classes, is it true they cannot participate in ICON? [9/10/21]

If your child participated in remote Instruction in 2020-21 for more than 50% of the 2020-21 school year, your child must have passed all core classes.

 

If I was approved for ICON previously will I need to reapply? [9/10/21]

Yes, an application for the ICON Virtual School program will be required for all interested students, regardless of their previous application status, because the rules in SB15 are different from the guidelines that were previously in place.

 

Is there going to be a magnet application window for ICON? [9/10/21]

The ICON application window for the current school year (2021-22) will take place before the magnet application. There will be a separate application for the 2021-22 year only.  

Students who wish to remain face-to-face for the 2021-22 school year, but want to apply for ICON in the 2022-23 school year will be able to apply on the Garland ISD magnet application in January.  

Students who are accepted to ICON in 2021-22 will have the opportunity to continue in the program in 2022-23 without submitting an additional magnet application.

The magnet application window will begin in January for all Garland ISD residents enrolled for 2022-23. When magnet application dates are finalized, they will be posted on the Magnet Application Process and Timelines page

Will you hold my child’s seat at their current campus if they enroll in ICON and decide to return to face-to-face learning? [9/10/21]

No. ICON will be its own campus, and students will lose their prior seats to be assigned to ICON.  If a family decides to return to face-to-face learning, they will have to go through the choice process again.

 

Last year my child was enrolled in a STAAR grade level but missed one/all of the assessments. Can he/she apply for ICON? [9/22/21]

If a STAAR assessment was not administered but the student was in a grade/subject which STAAR should have been administered, a different assessment can be used to determine grade level proficiency. 

Garland ISD uses the NWEA MAP assessments for Reading and Math. Students would need to perform at or above the 41st percentile for each subject in order to demonstrate grade-level proficiency.