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 2017-18 (enrollment from 2018-19) 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:

The scores for 2017-18 are as follows:

Percentiles: Average of an 80th percentile in ELA/Math; No single score lower than a 70th percentile.

Grade 7 STAAR: Average ELA/Math Score of: 1735; Reading score minimum: 1696, Math score minimum: 1700

Grade 8 STAAR: Average ELA/Math Score of: 1760; Reading score minimum: 1725, Math score minimum: 1719

Students without STAAR scores

Students must score at an average of the 80th  percentile in the math and English sections, with no single score lower than a 70th 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

Students 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.