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.

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    Step 1: Meet enrollment requirements

    GISD welcomes all students located within school district boundaries for PK-12 enrollment. To be eligible for kindergarten, a student must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the intended school year.

    Learn more about kindergarten for your 5-year old.

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

    Step 2: Explore our schools

    We are a true choice district which means that during the enrollment process, you will have the opportunity to select several options for which school you would like your child to attend.

    Take some time to explore our schools and the many exciting program offerings using the resources below.

    School Directory

    The school directory provides profiles with key facts for each of our schools.

    Avela Explore

    Use the Avela Explore tool to see locations, school offerings, and more.

    Early Childhood

    Learn about our prekindergarten and kindergarten programs.

    Magnet Programs

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

    School Interest Finder

    The School Interest Finder lets you find magnet and innovative choice programs by student interest.

    How Choice Works

    Our Choice of School process makes it possible to customize your student's educational experience.

    Tips to Help You Choose

    There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting the best option for your child.

    Step 3: Gather required information

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    Step 4: Enroll Online

    PreK-12 for Upcoming School Year (2024-25)

    Students who will be in PreK-12 next year will enroll using the Skyward system.

    For Current School Year (2023-24)

    Students entering grades PreK-12 for the current school Year (2023-24) will use the Skyward system to enroll.

    What to expect during enrollment

    Allow 30-45 minutes to complete a new student enrollment process per student. For an update on your enrollment status please reach out to your requested campus.

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

    Using the enrollment platform

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    Finalize the Enrollment Process

    Enrollment is complete once documentation is reviewed and processed by district staff. We will process new student enrollment in the order in which online submissions were received. Parents will receive a confirmation email from the district once their New Student Online Enrollment is processed and approved. 

    Middle and High School Students

    Secondary counselors or a counseling representative will contact middle and high school parents to facilitate the course selection based on transcripts or report cards from the student’s previous school. New middle school students are asked to review and complete the course planning document for the appropriate grade level to aid in this process. High school students and parents are encouraged to review the High School Graduation Guide and Course Guide to see all the course offerings available before meeting with the counselor.

    Language testing

    If your student’s home language is a language other than English, a language test will be
    conducted at Student Services. 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. 

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    Have questions?

    Please note current and next year enrollment applications are processed at each campus. For further assistance, please contact your requested campus.

    For questions about enrollment or school choice, send an email to AskStudentServices.

    For questions, about magnet programs, send an email to GISDMagnetPrograms@garlandisd.net.

    Rafael Valbuena

    With the education Garland ISD afforded me, I was able to enter the legal field directly out of high school. The DECA program taught us leadership and the importance of business. We were able to help each other while working with a lot of different personalities in a competitive environment. This valuable experience helped me build my own law firm.

    Rafael R. Valbuena Sr.
    Attorney, The Valbuena Law Firm, PLLC

    Contact us

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