Application now open for grades 1-12
See details below for required documents and what to expect during the application process. Seats are limited!
Click the link below to fill out the Open Enrollment application and upload the required documents.
To participate in our Open Enrollment program, students must apply during the appropriate application window and provide documentation that they meet the eligibility criteria. Applications are required as open campuses and available seats are limited.
See below for details about the program and the application process.
Note: The GISD Board of Trustees reserves the right to discontinue the Open Enrollment program at the end of any school year. The Texas Education Code requires that parents re-apply for the program each school year (see Garland ISD Board Policy FDA (LOCAL)).
There are different timelines based on the grade a student will be entering for the upcoming year.
|May 3||Out-of-district transfers open|
Approved families continue to enroll for open seats
|May 17||Students who were waitlisted may be considered|
|May 31||Final assignments|
|June 1||Out-of-district transfers open|
|June 18||Notifications and assignments begin|
Students must submit the online application available on this page and be accepted before attempting to start the enrollment process in Skyward, our student information system.
Without an approved out-of-district application, a Skyward enrollment will be rejected. The transfer must be reviewed to determine if the student meets the transfer qualifications before the student can be approved for enrollment.
Please submit a separate application for each student you want to be considered for a transfer. Application is by each student, not by family. This is required because the student is applying for a specific empty seat in a specific grade at a district-designated campus. There is no guarantee that siblings will be approved to attend Garland ISD, or a specified campus through the Open Enrollment program process.
Contact your student's current campus to request these documents that are required for the application process:
Any falsifications, misrepresentations or omission of the required documents may disqualify your student's application.
We have a rubric that will be used to determine if a prospective student is eligible for a transfer between districts. Students may score up to 18 points on the screening rubric.
Based on the most recent records provided by the parent, each application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Note: Students entering prekindergarten and kindergarten are exempt from prior year attendance and academic standards, except as required should there be a January (mid-year) admittance.
The student will earn a score based on the chart below. Based on the 18 possible points, the student's application status will be:
|Attendance percentage||95% or better||90-94%||89% or less|
|Social Studies grade||90-100||80-89||70-79|
|Reading/Language Arts grade||90-100||80-89||70-79|
|Discipline incidents*||0||1-2||3||4-7||more than 7|
*Students with suspensions/expulsions or DAEP/JJAEP placements will not be considered.
If no space is available or the student receives a score from 10–14 during the screening process, the applicant will be placed on the waitlist in order of the date and time stamp of their application submission.
Reasons for denial of application include:
Once identified as eligible for transfer, a student will be entered in the choice system to be considered for available seats at their choice of schools.
Seats will be offered for admission based on space and program availability, upon meeting all required criteria, and in order of position on the waitlist.
Placement after the 5th grade will continue to be determined by GISD administration based on seat/space availability and may not necessarily follow the district’s stated feeder pattern.
Accepted students must provide their own transportation to and from school.
Participation in UIL activities shall be in accordance with all applicable UIL rules and regulations.
How and why a student's open enrollment approval could be revoked.