information for parents

School Choice FAQs

When can I apply for School Choice?

The timeline for School Choice begins the first school business day of January at 7:20 am and ends at the close of the school business on the last school business day of February.  The requests submitted at this time will be for the following school year.

Where do I get an application for School Choice?

You may pick up an application at your child’s school or any school in NEISD.

Where do I turn in my application after I have completed it?

All applications must be hand delivered to any NEISD campus by the parent/guardian and upon delivery the parent/guardian must sign a log of receipt at the campus before the application can be processed.

May I apply for any campus?

You may apply for any NEISD campus. Approvals will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis and is contingent upon space availability at the campus/grade level requested.

May I apply for a Magnet School or Specialized Program through School Choice?

You may not apply for Magnet Schools or Specialized Programs (GT, Dual Language, etc.) through the School Choice process. Determination of eligibility for any Magnet Schools or Specialized Programs are made independently of the School Choice process.

If I have more than one child, may I use the same application?

No, you must fill out a School Choice application for each child.

Does a student approved on a School Choice transfer have to reside in North East ISD?

Yes, for all students approved for a School Choice transfer, the parent/guardian and student must reside in North East ISD upon enrollment and must provide the required proof of residence, as well as any other required documents needed for enrollment.

If I am already on a School Choice transfer, do I need to fill out another application?

If the student is remaining at the same campus, a new School Choice request is not needed. If the student is moving from Elementary School to Middle School or Middle School to High School, a new School Choice request is required during the School Choice window.

Can the campus keep a School Choice request from being approved?

Yes, a School Choice approval may be blocked by the Principal if a student has engaged in conduct or behavior in the preceding school year that resulted in a removal to a District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) or an expulsion.

Will applications be accepted after the last school business day of February ?

No, applications will not be accepted after the last school business day of February. There are no exceptions.

Can I go to a Capped School through School Choice?

A capped school is a school that cannot service students in their attendance zone due to overpopulation. As a result, students are bused to another designated campus identified by the District. If a Capped School is requested through School Choice, the student’s name will be added to the Wait List. The Wait List consists of names of students that are on School Choice status or Overflow status. The names of the students on School Choice status are always after all names of the students on an Overflow status.