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.
Be sure to apply by the deadline listed in the application timelines below.
Follow these steps to apply for magnet programs:
- Log in to Skyward Family Access* during the application period indicated in the timeline below.
- Choose the "Online Forms" option.
- Click "Fill Out Form" next to the magnet application form.
- Complete all required information.
- 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.
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.
Families will be able to view program acceptance via Skyward Family Access on the notification date listed in the application timelines.
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.
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 2019-20 application timeline dates below.
Students entering grades 1-12
|Elementary Magnet Fair||Nov. 5||Curtis Culwell Center|
|Middle School Expo and Magnet Fair||Nov. 6||Curtis Culwell Center|
|High School Expo and Magnet Fair|
|Continuation forms for grades 5 and 8|
|Magnet application for grades 1-12|
|Magnet application help session||Jan. 15||Harris Hill|
|Magnet application help session||Jan. 22||Harris Hill|
|Testing||Feb. 2||Rowlett High School|
|Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Auditions (GHS)||Feb. 5 & Feb. 12||GHS|
|Montessori observation||Feb. 9||TBA|
|Results posted in Skyward||Feb. 15||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||Feb. 22||Skyward|
Students entering Prekindergarten (Pre-K) or Kindergarten
|Continuation forms for Pre-K Montessori students||March 20-30||Skyward|
|Magnet application for Pre-K or Kindergarten||March 20-30||Skyward|
|Choose Garland ISD Day||March 30||GRCTC|
|Testing||April 6||Dorsey Elementary|
|Montessori observation||April 13||TBA|
|Results posted in Skyward||April 29||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||May 3||Skyward|
Second chance application (entering PreK-12)
The second chance application window is for non-magnet students only.
|Magnet application for grades PreK-12||May 20-28||Skyward|
|Montessori observation||June 8||TBA|
|Results posted in Skyward||June 17||Skyward|
|Deadline to accept a seat||June 21||Skyward|