The three campuses are over capacity. These campuses have experienced growth up to 14.4% over the last academic year, according to Deputy Superintendent Elaine Cogburn.
Portable classrooms, which are temporary, mobile buildings that provide extra classroom space, have been installed Sycamore Springs Middle and Dripping Springs Elementary.
SSMS has three portables and is expected to have five by next year. DSE has one, but may have three by next year. WSE does not have portables but instead is using space at Dripping Springs Middle School to alleviate crowding, according to Cogburn.
A portable classroom costs the district $234,000 on average, with additional costs incurred to move the portable, and set up power, security, air conditioning and ramps for access, according to DSISD officials.
Applying for a transfer
Capacity is available at Cypress Springs Elementary, Rooster Springs Elementary, Sycamore Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Middle schools.
Transfers are based upon campus and grade-level availability. Applications will be accepted through May 26 and will be reopened annually as transfers are for one full academic year.
Students may return to their zoned campus after the year ends, with fifth graders moving on to their zoned middle school. Transportation will not be provided for transfer students.
Parents may apply online using the application form. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received by the district, and parents will be notified of approval or denial by Aug. 1.
Applications open May 1 at 8 a.m. and close May 26 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.dsisdtx.us.
With three campuses (DSE, WSE, SSMS) experiencing a high concentration of growth, DSISD is allowing a limited number of transfers out of these schools for the 2023-24 school year. The application period opens May 1 at 8:00 a.m. More info can be found here: https://t.co/AQ5k045Lqu pic.twitter.com/22V72WYxRy— Dripping Springs ISD (@DSISD) April 27, 2023