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, art/music assessments 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.

Skyward Family Access accounts

In order to apply for a magnet program, you will need to have a Skyward account. If you have not previously created an account, please see: how to create and activate a new GISD Family Access Account.

Application process

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

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for magnet programs:

  1. Log in to Skyward Family Access* during the application period indicated in the timeline below.
  2. Choose the "Online Forms" option.
  3. Click "Fill Out Form" next to the magnet application form.
  4. Complete all required information.
  5. Apply for one or two different magnet programs.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions, see the Skyward Magnet Application and Program Continuation Form page.

If you are not currently a Garland ISD student, you must enroll before you can access the magnet application.

*If you don't have a Skyward account, please see: how to create and activate a Skyward Family Access account.

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, 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

Application timelines

Below are listed 2020-21 application timeline dates.

Grades 1-12

Application eventDateLocation
#ChooseGarlandISD ExpoNov. 13Curtis Culwell Center
Magnet application for grades 1-12Dec. 9,2019 - Jan. 11, 2020Skyward
Magnet application help sessionDec. 9Shugart PDC
Magnet application help sessionDec. 18Shugart PDC
Montessori observationJan. 11Herfurth Elementary School
Academic testingJan. 18Rowlett High School
Results posted in SkywardJan. 24Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatFeb. 3Skyward

 Pre-k and kindergarten

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application for Pre-K/K March 2, 2020 - March 23Skyward
#ChooseGarlandISD DayMarch 21, 2020 
Academic testingApril 4, 2020Dorsey Elementary School
Montessori observation- ages 3 and 4 April 18, 2020Luna Elementary School
Montessori observation- KN/BilingualApril 18, 2020Herfurth Elementary School
Results posted in SkywardApril 24Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatMay 1Skyward

Second chance application

Please note that the second chance window is for non-magnet students only. 

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application for grades PreK-12May 18, 2020 - May 28Skyward
Academic testingJune 6, 2020Dorsey Elementary School
Montessori observationJune 13, 2020Luna Elementary School
Results posted in SkywardJune 22, 2020Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatJune 26, 2020Skyward

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.