Tomball ISD officials announced Dec. 11 the launch of a year-round limited open-enrollment program. Previously the district’s limited open-enrollment program—which debuted ahead of fall 2017—was offered only during a select enrollment period.
The year-round enrollment is in effect for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, said Allison McClain, TISD director of communications and marketing. Applications to enroll in TISD for the 2019-20 school year will open next spring.
According to district information, boosting its enrollment through limited open enrollment helps TISD keep more of its local property tax revenue for use within the district instead of sending that money to the state because of recapture, a term coined by Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code.
Limited open enrollment offers students outside of TISD boundaries the opportunity to enroll in the district at select schools. Applications for limited open enrollment are available to students in kindergarten through eighth grade and can be found on the district’s website. A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is required. In addition to a completed application the enrollment process includes a parent interview.
Out-of-district students may be placed at one of eight campuses according to grade level, available space and staff capacity. According to a Dec. 11 news release, schools of choice include: Creekview, Decker Prairie, Rosehill, Timber Creek and Tomball elementary schools; Tomball Intermediate School; and Creekside Park and Tomball junior high schools. Parents can list the choice of schools in order of preference on their child’s application.
Accepted students will attend TISD at no charge.