FD(LOCAL) - ADMISSIONS
Persons Age 21 And Over
The District shall not admit into its public schools any person age 21 or over unless otherwise required by law.
Except as required by law, the District shall not admit an underage student.
The student's parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control shall annually complete registration forms. A student who has reached age 18 shall be permitted to complete these forms.
Proof of Residency
At the time of initial registration, the parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control of the student under order of a court shall present proof of residency as defined by law. A copy of the validation document for residency shall be placed in the student's permanent record file. The District shall accept the following types of records as proof of residency:
A current contract or lease agreement for a dwelling within the District boundaries.
A current utility bill (water, gas, electricity) for an address within the District boundaries.
A current mortgage payment document for a dwelling within the District boundaries.
Written or verbal verification from an on-site supervisor of managed property that a student and/or either a parent or a legal guardian resides at the complex, which is located within the District boundaries.
A notarized affidavit stating that a student and/or either a parent or a legal guardian resides within the District boundaries with another homeowner/lessee. The affidavit shall be accompanied by a residency validation document for the homeowner/lessee.
For guidelines governing an interdistrict transfer for a student whose parent or guardian has a contract for a residence within District boundaries, see policy FDA.
In accordance with law, the District may make reasonable inquiries to determine whether the student is a resident of the District, including when a document submitted for purposes of proving residency is not in the name of the adult who is enrolling the student. Based on an individual's circumstance, the District may grant exceptions to the requirement to produce a document listed above. When required by law, the District shall waive the requirement to prove residency in the District boundaries.
After a student's initial enrollment, the District shall verify residency through the annual registration forms and may investigate stated residency as necessary.
Minor Living Apart
Person Standing in Parental Relation
A minor student residing in the District but whose parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control under a court order does not reside in the District shall present a power of attorney or an authorization agreement as provided in Chapter 34 of the Family Code assigning responsibility for the student in all school-related matters to an adult resident of the District.
A minor student living apart who has engaged in misconduct that results in any of the consequences found in Education Code 25.001(d) shall not be permitted to attend a District school.
Based on an individual student's circumstance, the Superintendent shall have authority to grant exceptions to the requirement for a power of attorney or authorization agreement and to the exclusion for misconduct.
The Superintendent shall determine whether a minor student living apart is present in the District for the primary purpose of participating in extracurricular activities.
Nonresident Student in Grandparent's After-School Care
The parent and grandparent of a nonresident student requesting admission under Education Code 25.001(b)(9) shall provide to the Superintendent the required information on the grandparent's residency and complete a form provided by the District describing the extent of after-school care to be provided by the grandparent.
The Superintendent shall have authority to approve or deny such admissions requests in accordance with criteria adopted by the Board.
For the purposes of this policy, "accredited" shall be defined as accreditation by TEA, an equivalent agency from another state, or an accrediting association recognized by the commissioner of education.
The parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control of a student enrolling in a District school from an accredited public, private, or parochial school shall provide evidence of the prior schooling outside the District. The student shall be placed initially at the grade level reached elsewhere, pending observation by the classroom teacher, guidance personnel, and the principal. On the basis of these observations and results of tests that may be administered by appropriate District personnel, the principal shall determine the final grade placement.
A student enrolling in a District school from a nonaccredited public, private, or parochial school, including a homeschool, shall be placed initially at the discretion of the principal, pending observation by classroom teachers, guidance personnel, and the principal. Criteria for placement may include:
Scores on achievement tests, which may be administered by appropriate District personnel.
Recommendation of the sending school.
Prior academic record.
Chronological age and social and emotional development of the student.
Other criteria deemed appropriate by the principal.
Transfer of Credit
Accredited Texas Public Schools
Credit toward state graduation requirements earned in an accredited public school district in Texas shall be transferable and recognized by the District.
Other Accredited or Nonaccredited Schools
Before recognizing credit in a course earned in an accredited nonpublic school, an accredited school outside of Texas, or a nonaccredited school, appropriate personnel shall evaluate a student's records and transcript. The District may require the student to demonstrate mastery of the content or use alternative methods to verify course content for the award of credit. [See EI]
A parent or guardian wishing to withdraw a minor student shall present a signed statement that includes the reason for the withdrawal. A student who is 18 or older may submit a withdrawal statement without a parent's or guardian's signature.
[For District withdrawal of students no longer in attendance, see FEA(LOCAL).]