Guide to Program Entry and Transition Points

Below is a guide to all of the learning opportunities in GCISD, organized based on your child's program entry and transition points. Although an entry process is available for each opportunity, it is important to remember that the only way to be guaranteed attendance at a particular GCISD campus is to reside in that campus' attendance zone.

Entering Pre-Kindergarten

GCISD Pre-K is a high-quality full-day program serving four-year-old students across the District. Each classroom has a fully certified teacher and teaching assistant that provide developmentally appropriate instruction that is exciting and engaging for our students.

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Age Requirement: Must be 4-years-old on or before September 1
Campuses: Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary, Grapevine Elementary, Heritage Elementary, O.C. Taylor Elementary, Silver Lake Elementary, Timberline Elementary
Entry Process: Qualifications (State-based) / Program Lottery (Tuition-based)

Entering Kindergarten/Current Elementary Student

When your child enters kindergarten, enters a GCISD elementary school for the first time at a different grade or wishes to transfer from their current GCISD elementary campus to another, you have two choices:

1. You can choose the school zoned for your address. Some of GCISD's elementary options are geared toward a certain area of emphasis.  Other options cater toward a more multidisciplinary approach. All GCISD elementary schools offer engaging experiences with the core curriculum in math, science, social studies, and language arts as well as many additional opportunities that reflect the school community. 

2. You can consider a transfer into a specialized campus (see list below). If you choose to consider one of the options listed based on a program emphasis, please see the transfer lottery (Bear Creek, Bransford, Colleyville, Dove, Glenhope non-ASPIRE, Grapevine, Heritage and O.C. Taylor), program lottery (Cannon, Silver Lake and Timberline), or qualification (Glenhope ASPIRE) process that applies for that campus.

Elementary School Learning Opportunities Entry Process
Bear Creek No Excuses University emphasis Transfer Lottery
Bransford Arts Integration emphasis Transfer Lottery
Cannon Dual Language and STEM emphasis Program Lottery
Colleyville Multidisciplinary Transfer Lottery
Dove International Baccalaureate emphasis Transfer Lottery
Heritage Multidisciplinary Transfer Lottery
Glenhope Multidisciplinary and ASPIRE Academy Transfer Lottery/Qualification
Grapevine Multidisciplinary Transfer Lottery
O.C. Taylor Multidisciplinary Transfer Lottery
Silver Lake Dual Language emphasis Program Lottery
Timberline Dual Language and Leader in Me emphasis Program Lottery (Dual) / Transfer Lottery
iUniversity Prep Virtual school for 5th-12th grades; open to all Texas residents Application

Additional elementary opportunities based on academic need/preference
- GT LEAD for Kindergarten (Qualifications) - GT LEAD for kindergarteners is a cooperative effort involving kindergarten classroom teachers and the Gifted Specialist on campus. Planned learning experiences are provided to challenge students with critical and creative thinking processes. These learning experiences also serve to screen all kindergarteners for behaviors associated with intellectual giftedness. Beginning the second semester, kindergarten students formally identified as gifted are served through GT LEAD classes in addition to differentiation provided by the GT trained classroom teacher.
- GT LEAD for Grades 1-5 (Qualifications) - Gifted students in grades 1-5 are served through GT LEAD classes facilitated by a GT Specialist and through the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model. Gifted students are clustered in a classroom with other GT students and a GT trained teacher. Advanced academic needs are met through differentiation provided by the GT Cluster Teacher with the support of the GT Specialist. In addition, students attend GT LEAD classes to engage in extension and enrichment of the curriculum.
- Math Telescoping (Registration) - Math telescoping is a local service offered in GCISD for students in grades 1-7 who qualify by telescoping testing in accordance with Board policy EHDC (Local) can enroll in mathematics courses above their enrolled grade level. Any student in grades K-7 can register to take the Math Telescoping Examination. Those that score 90% or higher will be accepted into the program. 

Transitioning to Secondary/Current Secondary Student

When your child enters 6th grade, enters a GCISD secondary school for the first time at a different grade or wishes to transfer from their current GCISD secondary campus to another, you have a few choices. You can choose the school zoned for your address. All GCISD secondary campuses offer engaging experiences with the core curriculum in math, science, social studies, and English as well as many additional elective opportunities.

You can also choose a program based on interest, application, or qualification. If this is the goal of your student, please see the transfer lottery (all campuses), program lottery (STEM, Dual Language), application (AVID, Collegiate Academy, iUniversity Prep) or qualification (ASPIRE) process that applies for that campus/program.

Middle School Learning Opportunities Entry Process
Colleyville
AVID Recommendation
GT Discoveries Qualification
Math Telescoping Registration
Cross Timbers
AVID Recommendation
ASPIRE Qualification
Dual Language Previous Enrollment in Dual Language Required
GT Discoveries Qualification
Math Telescoping Registration
Grapevine
AVID Recommendation
Dual Language Previous Enrollment in Dual Language Required
GT Discoveries Qualification
Math Telescoping Registration
STEM Program Lottery
Heritage
AVID Recommendation
GT Discoveries Qualification
Math Telescoping Registration
iUniversity Prep
Virtual school for 5th-12th grades; open to all Texas residents Application

High School Learning Opportunities Entry Process
Colleyville Heritage
AVID Recommendation
Career and Technical Education Contact Counselor
Dual Enrollment Contact Counselor
GT Options Qualifications
STEM (9th grade) Program Lottery
Grapevine
AVID Recommendation
ASPIRE (9th-10th grade) Qualification
Career and Technical Education Contact Counselor
Dual Enrollment Contact Counselor
GT Options Qualifications
STEM (9th-11th grade) Program Lottery
Collegiate Academy
Early College High School created in collaboration with Tarrant County College Northeast Application
Bridges Accelerated Learning Center
An academic school with an alternative structure allowing students to complete the required course work for graduation Application
iUniversity Prep
Virtual school for 5th-12th grades; open to all Texas residents Application

Residing Outside of GCISD Attendance Zone

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is a limited open-enrollment district. A nonresident student in grades K - 12 living within the boundaries of the cities of Grapevine or Colleyville, but outside the boundaries of GCISD, may be permitted to apply to attend designated schools or designated district programs.

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