Magnolia ISD has begun evaluating elementary school attendance boundaries for the first time in 18 years as Audubon Elementary, its ninth elementary school, is under construction. According a Sept. 6 news release from MISD, the last time the district changed elementary school boundaries was in 2005 with the opening of Ellisor Elementary School.

The timeline

MISD will start rezoning at the elementary level to populate Audubon Elementary before going through the same process for its new intermediate and junior high campuses under construction.

According to the district's website dedicated to rezoning efforts for elementary schools, the boundary change process takes approximately one year leading up to the opening of a new school. Audubon Elementary School is expected to open for the 2024-25 school year.

The district outlined the upcoming rezoning process:
  • Sept. 11: Elementary parents will receive a survey to understand and identify key considerations when adjusting boundaries.
  • Sept. 21: The survey will close, and MISD will begin to analyze the data to develop proposed boundaries.
  • Oct. 18: Parents will be able to review the proposed boundaries and give feedback.
  • Nov. 1: MISD will give a consensus for the proposed elementary boundaries.
  • Dec. 11: The proposed elementary school boundary will be presented to the board of trustees for approval.
The approach

With rezoning efforts beginning Sept. 11, the district has set up guiding principles to use during the boundary process:
  • Capacity of campuses and projected enrollment for campuses
  • Parent input
  • Demographic factors and geographical proximity
  • Location of existing neighborhoods, natural or other boundaries, and future schools
  • Transportation patterns
According to the rezoning website, the district is evaluating elementary school boundaries to populate Audubon Elementary, which was funded by the district's 2022 bond package, and to accommodate population changes over time.

A quick note

The new elementary school boundaries will become effective for the 2024-25 school year. However, parents of students who will be in fourth grade may opt to remain at their current campus through the transfer process.