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.
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. The District shall accept the following types of records as proof of residency: a current lease agreement or mortgage statement, the most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership, or a current utility bill.
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 this policy.
Definition: Substantial Care
For the purpose of admission under this provision, a substantial amount of after-school care consists of at least two hours per school day for four days during the regular school week.
The age of the student and any special needs or circumstances shall also be considered. The student may continue in enrollment as long as the grandparent provides this level of care.
The nonresident parent and the resident grandparent shall apply to the Superintendent if they wish to request admission of a nonresident student based on the amount of after-school care provided by the grandparent. The request and the affirmation of the grandparent's residency must be made in writing by completing the form provided by the District.
Loss of Eligibility
The Superintendent may consider the following as indicators that the grandparent is no longer providing the level of care designated, which may result in forfeiture of enrollment:
- The student obtains a driver's license; or
- The student obtains after-school employment.
A nonresident student who no longer qualifies based on a grandparent's after-school care may be considered for eligibility for transfer under FDA.
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.
In accordance with law, when a student who is identified as homeless or in substitute care enrolls in the District, the District shall assess the student's available records and other relevant information to determine transfer of credit for subjects and courses taken prior to enrollment.
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).]