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.

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
  2. Choose the "online forms" option.
  3. Complete all required information.
  4. 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.

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

Please review the 2018-19 application timeline dates below.

Students entering grades 1-12

The initial application window for students entering grades 1-12 for the 2018-19 school year is closed. Please see the second chance application window timeline below.

Students entering Pre-k or Kindergarten

Application eventDateLocation
Early childhood enrollment beginsMar. 22Skyward
Magnet application for Pre-K or KindergartenMar. 26 - Apr. 7Skyward
Choose GISD eventApr. 7
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
GRCTC
TestingApr. 14 and Apr. 21Dorsey Elementary
Montessori observationMay 5PreK - Luna Elementary
Kinder - Herfurth Elementary
Parent notification of resultsMay 18Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatMay 24Skyward

Second chance application (entering PreK-12)

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application for grades PK-12June 4-8Skyward
Testing: non-MontessoriJune 16Elementary: TBA
Secondary: TBA
Montessori observationJune 16Pre-K - 3rd Montessori: TBA
Results posted in SkwyardJune 25Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatJune 28Skyward

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.