Open Enrollment and Transfer

What is Open Enrollment?  Open Enrollment is a program that allows children who do not live within Ferris ISD’s boundaries to apply for enrollment in Ferris ISD schools. Click to  APPLY NOW!

What grade levels are eligible for Open Enrollment? Student applications will be accepted for kindergarten through 12th grades.

How does Open Enrollment work? Parents for a child living outside of FISD’s boundaries must complete an application, available at the Central Registration office or online.  Once the completed application is received, the Assistant Superintendent will evaluate it and determine whether the student’s application will be approved.   

Is there a tuition charge or fee?
No.  Students who are accepted will attend school at Ferris ISD at no charge.

Where can I get an Open Enrollment application form? The Open Enrollment application for interdistrict transfers is available HERE.  Forms are also available at the Central Registration office located in the Ferris ISD Administration building.  Request forms will be accepted beginning May 1st of each year, for the coming school year. To be considered for admission, fully completed request forms must be submitted to the District with all proper documentation attached. Once an application is completed, it should be returned to the Central Registration office.  The application must be submitted by the parent or guardian listed on the form.  The application will be stamped with the date and time of its delivery.  Central Registration will verify the information on the application and make sure the required documentation is complete. Parents will be notified of acceptance the last week of July through the first 2 weeks of August.

What are the criteria for determining whether a transfer request is approved? The criteria for consideration for an interdistrict transfer are explained in detail at Board Policy FDA (Local) and FDA (Regulation).  Generally, the availability of space and staff, the student’s disciplinary and attendance history, and the student’s academic standing are all critical factors.  In addition, the following priority sequence is to be applied:   children of District employees working at the requested campus; children of District employees not working at the requested campus; children of active duty military; previous District residents enrolled in the District; children of parents residing outside the boundaries of the District, who are not in one of the prior categories.

Will the District provide transportation for my child? No.    Parents of children who enroll through open enrollment are responsible for transporting their children to and from school in Ferris ISD.

Will out of district transfer requests receive priority for acceptance over intradistrict transfer requests? No.  Intradistrict transfer requests will be given priority over interdistrict transfer requests.  In addition, the policy and regulations governing intradistrict transfers have not changed.  Parents wishing to apply for an intradistrict transfers should refer to the policy and regulation governing intradistrict transfers in making such application.

Once a student is allowed into the District through open enrollment, how long can he or she stay? After a student is accepted and allowed to enroll in our District, he or she can stay remain in the District subject to space and capacity availability and compliance with the transfer agreement.   Nonresident students must submit a renewal for interdistrict transfer every year in order to remain in Ferris ISD for the next school year.  While Ferris ISD cannot guarantee that a nonresident student will be able to remain in Ferris ISD from year to year, the District will make every effort to approve the transfer requests of students who are attending our schools and meeting the criteria for excellent attendance, behavior, and good academic standing.  Returning students will have priority over new transfer requests.

What if a student who enrolls thought Open Enrollment repeatedly violates District rules? Students who transfer into the District who do not follow the rules and regulations of the District, including those for student conduct and attendance may not have their transfer request renewed.