Magnet application process exceptions
In general, the magnet application process is the same for all students. However, there are a few specific circumstances that differ slightly. Read below to find out about priority placement and new residents.
In some cases, siblings and students of employees are given priority placement in a magnet program:
- Eligible students who apply to a magnet where their sibling is currently enrolled in the program will receive priority placement at that same magnet campus. The student applying must still meet qualifying criteria.
- The sibling rule does not apply to the Academies for Excellence programs. Siblings will not receive priority placement at Hillside, Walnut Glen, Kimberlin or Austin Academies.
- Siblings or twins applying together in the same application year will not receive priority placement.
- When an employee’s primary worksite is a school with a magnet program and the employee’s child applies to that magnet program, the child will be given priority placement if the child meets qualifying criteria and the family lives within GISD boundaries.
New residents who missed the application window
New residents who missed the 2nd chance application deadline may submit a New Resident Magnet Application to the Magnet Programs office. New resident applications are only considered for programs with empty seats.
A student who lived in the Garland ISD boundaries prior to the application deadline, whether or not the student attended a GISD school, is not eligible to apply as a new resident. Any student who lived in GISD prior to the application deadline should have applied during the regular application cycle.
After the accept/decline deadline, transfers will only be accepted for elementary MST (Beaver/Watson) or Academy for Excellence (Hillside, Kimberlin, Walnut Glen) students who have moved into a new transportation area for their assigned magnet school if seats are available.
Otherwise, if a student wishes to transfer out of the magnet program after they have accepted the seat, they must wait until the following school year. (Board policy EHBB Local) Parents may complete a new magnet application for a different school or may participate in the choice of school process the following school year.
Transfers from out of district
Students who did not live within our district boundaries during the application windows and were enrolled in a similar magnet program in a previous district can submit a request to be considered for a program transfer.
Parent must submit the Magnet Out of District Program Transfer Form MP-201. This form is available in the magnet office or you can request by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer requests are approved if:
- seats are available
- there is not a waitlist
- records indicate that the student was doing well in the previous district’s program
Magnet program continuation
Students currently enrolled in a magnet program are eligible to continue in the magnet program as long as they are meeting student requirements (see probation and exit policies).
Magnet students in grades K-4, 6-7, and 9-11 will automatically be placed in the same magnet program for the following year unless the parent completes a program removal (MP 103) and choice of school form by the established deadline (see timeline).
Magnet students in prekindergarten, grade 5 and grade 8 must let us know if they want to continue or exit the program by completing a program continuation form in Skyward. Magnet campuses will assist parents who do not have access to technology.
Parents who decline the magnet seat on the program continuation form will need to complete a choice of school form.
Parents who accept a seat on the program continuation form may still complete a magnet application for a new program. If the student is accepted into the new program and the parent accepts the seat, the student will lose their seat in the previous magnet program.
Magnet probation and exit
Listed below are the student expectations, probation process and exit process for magnet programs. The goal of these policies is to make sure each student is properly placed and help them reach their highest level of success.
All magnet program students are expected to:
- maintain attendance based on state and local district guidelines
- make report card grades of 70 or higher in all courses for each grading cycle
- pass all sections of the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
- maintain Tier 1 status for academics and behavior (Elementary)
- follow all Student Code of Conduct guidelines (examples of noncompliance include persistent misconduct, repeated in-school and/or out-of-school suspensions, placement in the Alternative Education Center and/or expulsion.
- follow any magnet program specific criteria that each campus may have
If a student fails to meet these expectations, they will begin the probation process below.
Probation process - elementary
- A Magnet Student Review Meeting is held. The Magnet Review Committee will include a building administrator, classroom teacher and the school counselor/magnet advisor when appropriate. Parents will be notified in writing about the meeting and will serve as a member of the committee.
- The Magnet Review Committee will develop an individual probationary plan that addresses the identified area(s) in which the student did not meet magnet student expectations. The purpose of the plan is to assist the student in making improvements in the identified area(s) and for overall student success in the program. If a student is identified for Tier 2 or Tier 3 intervention support, the committee will consider the RtI plan established by the intervention team.
- At the end of each grading cycle, the Magnet Review Committee will evaluate the student’s progress and determine whether to remove the student’s probationary status, extend the probation or exit the student from the magnet program.
Probation process - secondary
- A Magnet Student Review Meeting is held. The Magnet Review Committee will include the Magnet Advisor (or principal designee) and the student. Parents will be notified regarding the meeting and the probation requirements.
- The Magnet Advisor will develop an individual probationary plan that addresses the identified area(s) in which the student did not meet magnet student expectations. The purpose of the plan is to assist the student in making improvements in the identified area(s) and for overall student success in the program.
- At the end of each grading cycle, the Magnet Advisor will evaluate the student’s progress and determine whether to remove the student’s probationary status, extend the probation or recommend that the student exit the magnet program.
If a student fails to meet the requirements of the probation plan and the Magnet Advisor/Review Committee recommends that a student exit from the magnet program, a Magnet Exit Meeting will be scheduled. The Exit Committee will include a building administrator, school counselor and magnet advisor and magnet teacher when appropriate. Parents will be notified about the meeting and will serve as a member of the committee.
The following policies apply to exiting a magnet program:
- if it is before the end of a semester, the student may continue receiving transportation to the magnet campus until the end of the semester
- students who exit the magnet program will not be eligible to reapply to the program for one school year.
- a student may be exited from the magnet program during the senior year; however, the student may continue at the magnet campus for the remainder of the year.
Choosing a new school to attend
If the Choice of School process has not happened yet, the parent will use the Choice of School form in Skyward to select a school for the child to attend in the upcoming year.
If the Choice of School period has closed, the parent will complete an in-district transfer form and the transfer will take effect at the beginning of the following school year. Parents should be aware that in this circumstance, transfers to the school of choice will only be approved if space is available in that school. Student Services will work with the student to determine best school placement.
To appeal the Magnet Student Review Committee’s decision to exit a student, the building principal must receive a written appeal within 10 school days of the decision to exit. The program’s Area Director will notify parents of the results of the appeal.