Open Enrollment Transfers

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    Charter school has established a contractual agreement with HISD. Eligible HISD PK residents may attend a prekindergarten program due to income, language or military service, CPS/Foster Care or Star of Texas eligibility.


    Procedures for Applying: 

    • Parent/Guardians interested in enrolling their child in an HISD contact charter school can obtain detailed information and an application for admission from the contract charter school or from the Office of School Choice.
    • When a student is accepted into the school, the school principal or designee will create an address exception in chancery and email the Student Transfer applications for the student to Studenttransfer@houstonisd.org.

    Approval Required: The Office of School Choice finalizes the Contract Charter School transfer approval.


    Pre-K Enrollment

    HISD residents may attend any neighborhood school for prekindergarten, if eligible, due to being economically disadvantaged, National School Lunch Program, Limited English Language, homeless, conservatorship of Department of Family or Protective Services/Foster Care, military service or child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas award.

    A child is eligible for enrollment in the prekindergarten class if the child lives anywhere within district boundaries; is at least three or four years of age on or before September 1; and meets one of the following criteria: 1. Unable to speak and comprehend the English language, 2. Economically disadvantaged, or 3. Homeless, as defined by 42 USC Section 11302, or 4. The child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who is ordered to active duty by proper authority; or 5. The child of a member of the armed forces of the United States, including the state military forces or a reserve component of the armed forces, who was injured or killed while serving on active duty. TEC§29.153 6. The child is, or ever has been, in conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services / Foster Care following an adversary hearing under Family Code §262.201 TEC §29.153(b)(6) 7. National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to include all children who meet any eligibility criteria for Head Start, not only those who meet the low-income eligibility criteria for Head Start. TEC §5.001(4), defines educationally disadvantaged as “eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program.” Consequently, all children who are eligible for Head Start are eligible for free pre- kindergarten, based on their eligibility for the NSLP. [1] Public Law 110-134, which amended 42 USC §1758 8. Be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas of Award as (1) a peace officer as defined in Section 3106.002, Government Code.  (2) a firefighter under Section 3106.003, Government Code.  (3) an emergency medical first responder under Section 3106.004, Government Code.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division honors recipients annually in September.  A list of past honorees may be viewed on the Criminal Justice Division webpage. 


    For More Information: HISD PreK Website 


    Space Available

    The Space-Available Transfers give HISD Parent/Guardians the option of transferring their student to schools in the HISD that have been determined to have available space for district students.

    Selection of Eligible Schools: Following the fall PEIMS submission, the School Support Office, in coordination with the Chief School Officers, determined for the upcoming school year which schools had available space and how many spaces. This number was based on current enrollment and building capacity with 95 percent as the cut-off point. A list of schools and the number of respective spaces was sent to the Office of School Choice.

    Transportation: Transportation services are not provided. Parent/Guardians are responsible for transportation to the school of choice.