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Magnet application process & timelines

Magnet results delayed

Due to electrical outages and its related impacts, the magnet results will be delayed to March 3rd. See the updated application process timeline.

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. The magnet application period for grades 1-12 is currently closed.

Note: 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 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 any magnet choice
  • they are placed on a wait list
  • their parent declines the magnet seat

Application timelines

Below are listed 2021-22 application timeline dates. 

Results will be emailed to the address listed on the magnet application. If you do not receive an email, please contact us at GISDMagnetprograms@garlandisd.net.

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. 6 
Magnet application closesJan. 27 
TestingFeb. 6Rowlett HS
TestingFeb. 13Rowlett HS
Results sent by emailMarch 3 
Deadline to accept/decline a seatMarch 10 

PreK-K magnet application dates

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application opensMarch 24Skyward
Magnet application closesApril 21Skyward
TestingMay 1Dorsey ES
TestingMay 8Dorsey ES
TestingMay 15Dorsey ES
Results sent by emailMay 21 
Deadline to accept/declineMay 27 

Second Chance application dates

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application opensJune 1 
Magnet application closesJune 7 
TestingJune 12Rowlett HS
Results sent by email*June 17 
Deadline to accept/declineJune 23 

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.