Student Transfers

Inter-District & Intra-District Transfers:

In accordance with NISD Board Policy, Northside ISD generally does not accept the enrollment of students who do not reside in the district; however, there are a few exceptions to include those families who qualify for the Grandparent Transfer. Pursuant to statute, the Grandparent Transfer allows for a non-NISD student to attend Northside ISD if the parents reside outside the school district, but the grandparents reside in Northside ISD AND provide "significant after-school care" as approved by the Department of Pupil Personnel. Approval for a Grandparent Transfer is determined during a scheduled hearing process where a notarized application is submitted and documentation/evidence is reviewed. If granted, the student would attend the school that services the grandparent's home address, and the application would be approved for the level of schooling (i.e. elementary level, middle school level, or high school level).  For Grandparent Transfer information or to schedule a Grandparent Transfer Hearing, please call the Office of Pupil Personnel at 397-8695.

In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), parents/guardians can petition the school district to have their child attend a Northside ISD campus, other than the one serviced by the home address. Intra-district Transfers include Administrative, PEG, Child of Employee, Parental Choice and Program. In accordance with NISD Board Policy FDB(LCOAL), except as otherwise provided by state law, district policy, or board action, the transportation for a transfer student is the responsibility of the student and family. For Parental Choice Transfers, Employee Transfers and selected Administrative Transfers, please be advised that the student's eligibility to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) contests shall be governed by the UIL's Constitution and Contest Rules as well as by Northside ISD Board Policy FDB(LOCAL), which requires a minimum of one calendar year period of ineligibility for UIL varsity competition.

Administrative Transfers are not processed by Pupil Personnel. Parents/Guardians may initiate an administrative transfer to have their student attend another NISD school for reasons including, but not limited to concerns related to discipline, safety, sexual assault, bullying, or extradordinary conditions affecting  the family or the school. It must be initiated by the home campus principal or Assistant Superintendent or Executive Director for Elementary or Secondary Administration only if one or more of the conditions described above exist. If parent/guardian deems that an administrative transfer is warranted, they should visit the home campus principal. Unless otherwised noted, an Administrative Transfer is valid only for the current school year. Pupil Personnel does not process said transfer type.

Program Transfers, available at the high school level for upcoming 9th graders only, involve Career and Technology Education concentrated sequence of courses with four or more credits that provide job-specific training and may lead to licensure or certification. A program transfer request for the upcoming school year for a program not offered at the 9th grader's home campus may be submitted during the time frame of February 1 - August 23, 2019. Applications submitted no later than Feb. 22nd will receive priority consideration and will be subject to the lottery. Applications received after Feb. 22 will ordered sequentially by date/time received by Pupil Personnel. Program transfers are approved by the requested Campus Principal after a review of the student's discipline & attendance records and pending availability within the program. Transfers are dependent upon the student being admitted to the specific program and require continuous enrollment to remain in effect. Additionally, the Dual Language Program, as a form of bilingual education, is offered at select elementary and middle schools. Questions specific to the program type should be directed to the school counselor, administration, and/or program sponsor.

*O'Connor HS also offers Agriculture; however, interested students/parents should make contact with the campus administration or visit the campus website, as the application timeline and process differs from all other HS Program Transfers.

Child of Employee Transfers:

  • Submission and processing begins Feb. 1, 2019 for 2019-2020 requests:
  • 2019-2020 requests for Child of Employee Transfers should be submitted electronically by the employee using an NISD computer. Link can be found on our department's website. For those who do not have access to a computer at their workplace, you may complete a hard-copy CET form and visit our office to submit electronically. Please bring birth certificate and acceptable proof of residency documents.

A campus or non-campus-based full-time NISD employee can submit an electronic Child of Employee Transfer (CET) request for his/her biological child (or legal guardian through a court of law). The employee need not be a NISD resident, meaning the employee may or may not reside within NISD boundaries. Pursuant FDA(Local) and FDB(Local), a student approved for a CET is not subject to tuition. Available campus options will be grouped and will be published on the PUPIL PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT’S EMPLOYEE CONNECTION WEBSITE. Based on their campus (address of employment) campus-based full-time employees will be able to select from within the group of schools assigned to their campus: however, the child must attend the campus at which the employee works for that level. Non-campus-based employees will be assigned to a group of schools according to the address of the department where he/she works. According to FDB(Local), a request may be denied by the campus Principal on the basis of the student’s record (e.g. excessive absences or tardies, poor conduct), or lack of space. Pursuant FDA(Local) and FDB(Local), a student who fails to maintain an acceptable record may be subject to revocation of the transfer by the campus principal. The CET is valid only for the school year for which it is approved. Because employment circumstances may change, a CET must be renewed annually. If the employee transfers to another NISD location, it may result in the CET cancellation; however, the employee may elect to submit another CET selecting from within the school grouping based on the new address. Only once the employee receives the CET approval notification, he/she may contact the campus to begin the registration process.

In accordance with NISD Board Policy FDB(LOCAL), except as otherwise provided by state law, district policy, or board action, the transportation for a transfer student is the responsibility of the student and family.

Link to 2019-2020 CET:

Public Education Grant (PEG) program transfers allows a parent/guardian of a student enrolled at a PEG-designated school to submit an applicaton to attend a campus in any other school district for the school year. A school district is entitled to accept or reject the request for the student to attend school in that district but may not use criteria that discrminates on the basis of the student's race, ethnicity, academic achievement, athletic abilities, language proficiency, sex, or socioeconomic status. This same provision applies to intra-district transfer requests, where applications may be made to attend another campus in the same district. 

Current Northside ISD PEG-designated schools are Jones MS, Rayburn MS, Mead Elementary, Valley Hi Elementary, and Westwood Terrace Elementary. To submit a PEG transfer request, please use the PEG transfer form attached below and submit to the campus principal for review and consideration. In keeping with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines for inter-district PEG transfer requests or requests from other districts, please be advised that NISD evaulates PEG transfers using the same protocol for non-PEG transfers, which are generally denied due to lack of space. For more information, you may review TEA's Frequently Asked Questions on PEG:

Parental Choice Transfer Season begins February 1, 2019 and ends the Friday before the school year starts for the upcoming school year (August 23, 2019).  Applications submitted no later than Feb. 22nd will receive priority consideration and will be subject to the lottery. Applications received after Feb. 22 will ordered sequentially by date/time received by Pupil Personnel. Because there is an emphasis in maintaining the integrity and continuity of instruction, Parental Choice Transfers are not processed during the course of the school year for the current school year. Parental Choice Transfers are always for the upcoming school year and an immediate transfer for the current school year. Parental Choice Transfers are approved subject to available space, which is dependent on projected enrollment, and NISD Board Policy, and when approved are permitted for the level of schooling (i.e. all elementary, middle school, or high school years). A parent/guardian may submit an application either electronically or by visiting our department. Parental Choice Transfers are processed through the Department of Pupil Personnel.

Link to Electronic Submission for 2019-2020 Parental Choice Transfers: