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 2019-20 application timeline dates below.

Students entering grades 1-12

Application eventDateLocation
Elementary Magnet FairNov. 5Curtis Culwell Center
Middle School Expo and Magnet FairNov. 6Curtis Culwell Center
High School Expo and Magnet Fair

Nov. 7

Curtis Culwell Center

Continuation forms for grades 5 and 8

Jan. 14-24

Skyward
Magnet application for grades 1-12

Jan. 14-24

Skyward
Magnet application help sessionJan. 15Harris Hill
Magnet application help sessionJan. 22Harris Hill
TestingFeb. 2Rowlett High School
Academy for Visual and Performing Arts Auditions (GHS)Feb. 5 & Feb. 12GHS
Montessori observationFeb. 9TBA
Results posted in SkywardFeb. 15Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatFeb. 22Skyward

Students entering Pre-k or Kindergarten

Application eventDateLocation
Continuation forms for Pre-K Montessori studentsMarch 20-30Skyward
Magnet application for Pre-K or KindergartenMarch 20-30Skyward
Choose Garland ISD DayMarch 30GRCTC
TestingApril 6Dorsey Elementary
Montessori observationApril 13TBA
Results posted in SkywardApril 29Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatMay 3Skyward

Second chance application (entering PreK-12)

The second chance application window is for non-magnet students only.

Application eventDateLocation
Magnet application for grades PreK-12May 20-28Skyward
Montessori observationJune 8TBA
Results posted in SkywardJune 17Skyward
Deadline to accept a seatJune 21Skyward

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.