How Choice Works
Garland ISD’s Choice of School program allows parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.
Customize your child's education
Garland ISD is the only option for true choice when it comes to schools. Our "Choice of School" program allows parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year. You can truly customize your student's educational experience.
For students enrolling in GISD for the first time, making your school choice selection is part of the enrollment process. While we welcome new students at any time, we encourage enrolling for the upcoming school year during the appropriate choice period listed below.
The choice periods also apply to current students who wish to make a change or who are transitioning to a new school level.
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Choice of school periods
For students entering grades 1-12 in the fall, the choice period is during January and February.
For students entering prekindergarten or kindergarten in the fall, the choice period is from March through May.
Choice period dates for the upcoming school year are:
- Grades 1-12: Jan. 6, 2023-Feb. 16, 2023
- Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: March 21, 2023-May 5, 2023
Choice of School period participation
Only students who wish to change their campus, are new to GISD or are entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades must make selections. Current students have the right to remain at their campuses.
What if I like my current campus?
That's great! You do not need to submit a Choice of School form.
How about special programs?
Students who are invited to and accept a seat in a special program (magnet, special education, etc. ) are not required to participate in the Choice of School process.
Parents are given the opportunity to choose up to three campuses.
For current GISD students, parents may complete their Choice of School form through Skyward Family Access.
New to GISD
Students who are new to GISD will complete the Choice of School form as part of the enrollment process.
How will my school assignment be determined?
We will do our best to honor your first choice and also place siblings at the same campus. More than 96% of families receive their first choice.
Although our goal is to grant everyone's choice, other factors play a role in the final assignment such as:
- how close a student lives to their choice
- building capacity
- teacher-to-student ratios
- court-ordered ethnicity ratio requirements
- number of students with the right to remain at their campus
Parents choose the school they want their children to attend during the Choice of School process, but transportation to the school you choose is not guaranteed.
The factors that determine bus transportation are:
- designated eligibility area(s) for each school
- proximity to neighborhood school
- magnet program acceptance
Transportation can only be provided to one of the following:
- Home address of Parent or Guardian
- Grandparents address
- Licensed Childcare facility
Transportation registration is mandatory and will open in March and close June 1st.
Transportation maps are available:
- at each campus
- at the Harris Hill Administration Building
- at the Manuel & Maria Valle Student Services Center
- at the Garland ISD Transportation Department
[Garland ISD] gave our family the freedom to decide the best path for each of our three children. Every child has a unique set of abilities, and it is important to give them the best opportunities to succeed. GISD does just that.