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Magnet application process & timelines

Students must meet initial qualifications for the magnet program in which they want to apply. These requirements vary by program and can include test scores, grades and more. Determine which programs your student qualifies for by reviewing information about each magnet program.

Learn more about specific testing and assessment requirements on the magnet assessments page.

Interested in learning about our programs? See our magnet programs page.

Application process

Be sure to apply by the deadline listed in the application timelines below.

How to apply

To apply for a magnet, families will fill out a magnet application form during the magnet application period. 

You must be enrolled in Garland ISD to fill out a magnet application. See our enrollment page for information on how to enroll.

Student selection

If the student qualifies and is placed in the first choice magnet, the student will not be considered for the second choice magnet.

If the student does not qualify for the first choice magnet or is waitlisted, the student will be considered for the second or third choice magnet.

Find out more about priority placement on the magnet policies page.

All magnet applicants (except Academy of Excellence)

All qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery and offered seats in the order they are chosen. When all the seats are filled, the remaining qualified students will be placed on the waiting list. Students will be called from the wait list as seats become available until the second week of school.

Academy for Excellence applicants

All qualified applicants will be ranked according to combined scores and offered seats in rank order. When all seats are filled, the remaining qualified students will be placed on the waiting list. Students will be called from the wait list as seats become available until the second week of school.

All Early College and P-TECH applicants

All applicants will be placed in a weighted lottery that prioritizes at-risk students and economically disadvantaged students in alignment with the TEA Blueprint for Early College and P-TECH.

Notification of application results

Results will be posted in Skyward Family Access based on the timeline below.

 
Accept/reject magnet seat

If a student is accepted, a parent must accept or reject the magnet seat on the parent notification form before the deadline listed in the application timelines. If a parent accepts the magnet seat, the choice is binding for the entire school year.  (Board policy EHBB Local).

Learn more about magnet program transfers, continuation, probation and exits on the magnet policies page.

What about choice of school?

Accepting a magnet seat overrides the choice of school form you submitted for your student.

Students entering K, 6th and 9th should all complete a Choice of School form in addition to a magnet application.

Students entering all other grade levels should only enter a Choice of School form if they want to change their school.

What about open enrollment?

Open enrollment allows out-of-district transfer students in to Garland ISD. This is contingent on School Board approval, and open enrollment students must reapply each year.

Open enrollment students are allowed to apply for remaining magnet seats during the second chance application; however, they will be placed after resident students.

Open enrollment students do not have automatic continuation into magnet programs. They must reapply each year.

Application timelines

The application timeline dates for 22-23 are below.

Note: Students only test if the magnet program they are applying for requires it.

Magnet application dates (grades 1-12)

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application opensJan. 3 
Magnet application closesJan. 20 
Academic testingJan. 29Rowlett HS
Results in SkywardFeb. 16 
Deadline to accept/reject a seatFeb. 23 

PreK-K magnet application dates

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application opensMarch 21 
Magnet application closesApril 18 
Academic testing April 30Dorsey ES
Academic testingMay 7Dorsey ES
Results in SkywardMay 16 
Deadline to accept/rejectMay 23 

Second Chance application dates

Non-magnet PreK-12 students can apply for the remaining magnet seats.

DateApplication eventLocation
May 26 Magnet application opens 
June 2Magnet application closes 
June 11Academic testingRowlett HS
June 22Results in Skyward* 
June 29Deadline to accept/reject 

Note: Open Enrollment participants are allowed to apply for remaining seats but will be placed after resident students who may be taking part in the second chance application process.

Contact us

For more information about enrollment or the Choice of School process, contact:

Student Services

For more information about Magnet Programs, contact:

Magnet Programs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For more details about the magnet application process and to find answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Magnet FAQ page.