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, auditions and more. Determine which programs your student qualifies for by reviewing information about each magnet program.
Learn more about specific testing and audition requirements on the Magnet testing & auditions page.
Be sure to apply by the deadline listed in the application timelines below.
How to apply
Follow these steps to apply for magnet programs:
- Log in to Skyward Family Access
- Choose the "online forms" option.
- Complete all required information.
- Apply for one or two different magnet programs.
If you are not currently a Garland ISD student, you must enroll before you can access the magnet application.
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, the student will be considered for the second 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.
Notification of application results
Families will be able to view program acceptance via Skyward Family Access on the notification date listed in the application timelines.
Accept/decline magnet seat
If a student is accepted, a parent must accept or decline the magnet seat on the parent notification form in Skyward on or 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 serves as a student’s choice of school selection.
Students will only need to enter the choice of school process if:
- they do not qualify for either magnet choice
- they are placed on a wait list
- their parent declines the magnet seat
Please review the 2018-19 application timeline dates below.
Students entering grades 1-12
|Magnet Fair (High School)||Nov. 1|
|Curtis Culwell Center|
|Magnet Fair (Elementary & Middle School)|
Curtis Culwell Center
|Enrollment for grades 1-12|
Nov. 4 - Jan. 8
|Magnet application for grades 1-12|
|Magnet application help session||Jan. 11|
10 a.m. - noon
|Harris Hill – Sabine Room|
|Magnet application help session||Jan. 16|
|Harris Hill – Sabine Room|
|Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Auditions (Garland HS)||Jan. 23 and Feb. 1||Garland High School|
|Art/music audition – elementary||Jan. 26-27||TBA|
|Testing||Jan. 27||Elementary: TBA|
|Montessori observation||Feb. 3||TBA|
|Art/music audition – middle school||Feb. 9-10||TBA|
|Results posted in Skyward||Feb. 16||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||Feb. 23||Skyward|
Students entering Pre-k or Kindergarten
|Early childhood enrollment begins||Mar. 22||Skyward|
|Magnet application for Pre-K or Kindergarten||Mar. 26 - Apr. 7||Skyward|
|Choose GISD event||Apr. 7|
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
|Montessori observation||May 5||TBA|
|Parent notification of results||May 18||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||May 24||Skyward|
Second chance application (entering PreK-12)
|Magnet application for grades PK-12||June 4-8||Skyward|
|Testing: non-Montessori||June 16||Elementary: TBA|
|Montessori observation||June 16||Pre-K - 3rd Montessori: TBA|
|Results posted in Skwyard||June 25||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||June 28||Skyward|