Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the admission standards presented below. Any student who meets these qualifications is eligible to go through the TAG application process, which will feature additional requirements. The application packet outlining the application process for the 2016-17 (enrollment for 2017-18) is available HERE.


Prospective students must have a grade point average of at least 82 in the core subjects (English, mathematics, science, and social studies) for last year and the first half of this current school year.

STAAR (or other standardized) Test Scores: 

Students with STAAR scores:

Grade 7 STAAR: Average ELA/Math Score of: 1780; No single score lower than 1700

Grade 8 STAAR: Average ELA/Math Score of: 1780; No single score lower than 1700


Students without STAAR scores must score at an average of the 82nd  percentile in the math and English sections, with no single score lower than a 75th percentile on any of the following exams (taken no earlier than 7th grade).

  • ReadiStep
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)
  • Logramos
  • Terra Nova
  • Stanford Achievement Test Series (SAT 10)
  • California Achievement Tests (CAT)
  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Metropolitan Achievement Tests (MAT)
  • Tests of Achievement and Proficiency (TAP)
  • Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement


Students without STAAR or other exam scores can take a different, district approved and administered test. These tests are administered by Dallas ISD throughout January. To set up a testing date, call the TAG office at 972-925-5970.

If you have individualized questions concerning test scores, please call our office and we will be happy to help you.


If you meet the criteria outlined above for GPA and test scores, you are qualified to apply to TAG.