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Magnet programs

We are dedicated to providing high quality, innovative educational opportunities that inspire students to learn and achieve their goals.

Our magnet programs provide students with intensive focus in a particular area of interest.  Each magnet program has unique criteria that students must meet in order to apply. 

Applying for a magnet program is an optional and additional step in the Choice of School process with specific application periods each year.  You must be enrolled in our district to participate in the magnet application period. For more information, see these pages:

Which program is right for me?

We want to help match you to the magnet program that aligns with your interests.

The School Interest Finder allows you to choose one or more areas of interest and then creates a list of the schools that offer special programs for those areas.

You will find the School Interest Finder at the bottom of the Choose Your School page.

Interested in a magnet program?

Our magnet programs offer a wide range of opportunities with specialized curriculum in areas such as:

  • Math, Science & Technology (MST)
  • Dual language in Spanish
  • Academy for Excellence
  • Global Business, Language and leadership (GBL)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Classical studies and arts
  • College and career
  • Montessori
  • Accelerated Math & Science (AMS)
  • Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC)
  • Early College High School (ECHS) 
  • Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) 
  • Visual and Performing Arts (AVAPA)

Identify which programs your son/daughter qualifies for by reviewing information about our magnet programs. Students who meet the magnet qualifications are encouraged to apply to the appropriate magnet program(s).

A magnet application must be submitted to the GISD online application system by or before the deadline to be considered for a GISD magnet program. Students already participating in a GISD magnet program are eligible to continue in that program as long as they continue to meet the qualifications and expectations for their given magnet strand.

Bus transportation

Students who live within the designated transportation zone will be eligible for bus transportation.

In the case of multiple campuses offering the same magnet programming, parents are advised to contact the Magnet Office to confirm the appropriate campus based on home address.