FAQs

Lottery and Common Application

Elementary Dual Language
  • Cedar Brook Elementary (Grades Pre-K - 5)
  • Pine Shadows Elementary (Grades K - 5)
  • Sherwood Elementary (Grades Pre-K - 5)
Secondary Dual Language
  • Spring Forest Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Spring Woods Middle School (Grade 6-8)
  • Spring Woods High School (Grade 9-11)
  • Westchester Academy for International Studies (Grades 6-12)
Charter
  • Cornerstone Academy (Grades 6-8)
  • KIPP Courage at Landrum Middle School (Grades 5-8)
  • YES Prep Northbrook Middle School (Grades 6-12)
  • YES Prep Northbrook High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Westchester Academy for International Studies (Grades 6-12)
Non-Traditional
  • Phoenix Academy @ Academy of Choice (Grades 9 - 10)

What is the Common Application?

The Spring Branch I.S.D. Common Application is the application required for acceptance into the district choice campuses/programs that require a lottery. The choice campuses/programs that require a Common Application include programming listed in the chart above.

Who can apply?

Anyone who currently resides in Spring Branch ISD can apply for a Choice School. This option is also for current, full-time employees who live either in or outside of the district. If you have any issues with your application, please send an email to commonapplication@springbranchisd.com and you will get help with your application.

Does my child receive priority if their sibling is currently enrolled in a choice campus/program?

Yes. If the student applying to a choice campus/program currently has a sibling enrolled in the same choice campus/program and will be enrolled in the same choice campus/program the following year, the student will have sibling priority. You still need to complete a Common Application form for the sibling. In addition, the SKY Partnership charter schools (KIPP and YES Prep) will function as one campus in regards to sibling priority.

What additional documentation is required for Cornerstone Academy and/or Westchester Academy of International Studies (WAIS)?

Cornerstone Academy: If you apply to Cornerstone Academy, you need to bring your fall/semester 1 report card to the school before the lottery deadline February 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm. To get a copy of your report card, see your home school. Cornerstone only accept Fall final report cards. Please wait until January to get a copy of your child's semester 1 report card. The school address is: Cornerstone Academy, 9026 Westview, Houston, Texas, 77055.

Westchester Academy of International Studies (WAIS): If you are accepted to WAIS, you will need to provide a current proof of residency, family school commitment form, and course selection sheet. These forms will be included with your Acceptance Letter.

What is an acceptable proof of residency?

Acceptable proof of residency documents include: Lease Agreement Mortgage Payment Book or Receipt District Tax Bill Utility Bill with correct name and address

What if I cannot attend a choice campus/program information session?

Program information sessions are a great way for families to learn more about our specific choice programs. The best way to find information is to either see the campus' website or call the specific school.

Do I have to apply to four choice campuses/programs?

No. You have the option to apply to up to four programs.

How do I know if my application was submitted?

You will receive email or text message confirmation that your application was received. You may also login to your student’s account to monitor progress of their application.

How will I know if my child received a seat at a choice campus/program I applied to?

Lottery results will be emailed or sent as a text messageon February 23, 2017. You can always check the status of your application through SchoolMint.

If I am offered a seat at a choice campus/program, what is the deadline to accept my seat?

If you are offered a seat at a choice campus/program, you will need to accept or decline the seat by March 23, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Does the order I rank my preferences on my application matter?

Yes, the order of choice campus/program preferences on your application should be ranked in order of highest preference. The lottery is designed to assign students to their highest preference choice.

If I miss the lottery application window, will I have another chance to apply?

There is only one lottery. The lottery completes enrollment for all schools, with the rest of the students going to a Waitlist. You can call a school and ask to be put at the bottom of the Waitlist.

Who can apply to a Dual Language program?

Residents and employees of SBISD may apply to the Dual Language program. Cedar Brook Elementary and Sherwood Elementary begins at PK, and Pine Shadows Elementary begins at Kindergarten. Because our program is dependent on immersion and a child’s exposure to the second language, there are late entry (beyond Pk or K) requirements. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a program after Pk or K, please set up a time to visit with the prospective principal to visit about your child’s academic history and to determine if this program would be a good fit for your child.

Can a child switch Dual Language programs?

If you want to switch programs, you need to first see your current campus principal. He/she will help you make an informed decision. What schools provide transportation? If you have a question about transportation, please call the respected school. One thing is guaranteed: if you are zoned to the school, then you have transportation.

My child is on a Waitlist. What do I do?

After the lottery, any child not chosen will go on a Waitlist that is automatically generated by the SchoolMint program. When you log into SchoolMint, you can see the Waitlist number. Each school maintains their own Waitlist. As spots open up, schools then go to the top of the Waitlist and offer seats. If you get a spot, the school will call you and give you the offer to attend that school. You must accept or decline the offer on SchoolMint. The Waitlist stays open through the third week of the next school year.