Enrollment

Enroll online for PK-12

Students new to Garland ISD may enroll online for the upcoming 2020-21 school year through Skyward, our student information system. See below for details about required enrollment documents and how to enroll using Skyward.

During these times, our main priority is the health and safety of all our families. As a preventive measure due to COVID-19, our offices will remain closed to the public. All enrollments will continue to be completed and processed remotely.* We greatly appreciate your patience as we continue to process a large number of online enrollments. 

Please contact us at AskStudentServices@garlandisd.net or 972-494-8255 if you have any questions.

*Note: appointments will only be provided for specific and special situations at the discretion of Student Services.

Welcome! We’re delighted that you’ve chosen to join the Garland ISD family. The enrollment process described below will mark the start of your child's customizable and exceptional education experience.

We encourage you to start the enrollment process early to help ensure your child secures a spot at the desired school or one near your home. The three steps to complete enrollment are listed below.

How to enroll

Step 1. Meet enrollment requirements

An icon of a pencil and rulerGISD welcomes all students located within school district boundaries for K-12 enrollment. To be eligible, a student must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the intended school year.

Interested in a program for your 3 or 4-year-old?

  • See the prekindergarten eligibility page to learn if your 4-year-old is eligible. Eligibiliy requirements have been waived for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.
  • See the Montessori magnet page for information about this tuition-based program.
  • Contact the Special Education department for information about our Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) and other services.

Step 2. Gather required information

An icon of a paper and penHave copies of the following documents to enroll:

  • child's birth certificate (if available)

  • child's immunization records (state law requires that students are current with immunizations to enroll in school)

  • child's social security card (if available)

  • child's recent report card (if applicable)

  • previous school records with a copy of your student's Home Language Survey if you are enrolling in GISD for the first time
  • proof of residency within our district boundaries
What can be used as proof of residency?

To prove that you live within district boundaries, please provide either:

  • contract, lease agreement or mortgage statement*

  • most current water, gas or electric bill*

*All proof of residency must show a service address and be dated within the last 30 days.

Note: If you are currently living with another person and the proof of residency is in that person's name, both you and that person will need to sign a notarized affidavit. This can be done in the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services or Enrollment Center offices.

Step 3: Enroll online

Families who are enrolling for the current year or 2021-22 school year may do so through our online portal, Skyward. A laptop or cell phone may be used as long as it can access an internet browser and has a stable internet connection.

Please note that the Student Services Enrollment Center is processing all current and next year enrollments remotely.

How to enroll using Skyward

What to expect during enrollment

Please allow plenty of time to finalize your enrollment.

Note that some circumstances may require special forms, signatures of other parties or a notary. 

During enrollment, you will:

  • be asked to provide general information about your child on the Enrollment form.
  • complete the Directory Information Form to indicate your preferences regarding disclosure of certain personal information.
  • choose the school you would like your child to attend. If space is not available at your school of choice, you may request placement on a waiting list. Student Services can help with finding an available school.
  • receive your Skyward Family Access login and password, if you do not have one.
Language testing

If your student's home language is a language other than English, the Enrollment Center will conduct a language test for your child. This test is used to determine how to best meet your student’s needs and can take up to three hours depending on the age and ability level of your student. 

COVID-19 notes

All 2020-21 applications will be processed remotely. We appreciate your patience as we have changed our process during these uncertain times. Student Services is excited to welcome you to Garland ISD!

Contact us

For more information about enrollment, contact:

Student Services

or visit:

Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center

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