FAQs

FAQs

What is the difference between the Choice application and the Transfer application?

The Choice application is for programs that require a lottery for admission. The Transfer application is for families that want to apply to attend a SBISD school where the family is not zoned.

Who can apply to Choice Programs?

Anyone who currently resides in Spring Branch ISD can apply for a Choice School. All out-of-district applications will be cancelled.For current, full-time employees who live outside the district, your application will be processed. If you have any issues with your application, please send an email to choice@springbranchisd.com and you will get help with your application. Note: All out-of-district applications (who are not for employees' children) will be cancelled.

What about siblings?

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 will indicate the sibling's name and school in your Choice Application. In addition, the SKY Partnership charter schools (KIPP and YES Prep) will function as one campus in regards to sibling priority. For transfers, siblings are not included as a priority.

What additional document is needed for Cornerstone?

If you are applying to Cornerstone Academy, you need to bring your fall/semester 1 report card to the school before the end of the school day, February 8, 2019 at 4:00 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, 9016 Westview, Houston, Texas, 77055. Please call Cornerstone directly for questions at 713.251.1600.

How many schools can I apply for?

You can apply for up to three Choice programs. For a transfer, you can apply for up to four schools.

How do I know 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 SchoolMint account to monitor progress of their application.

How does the lottery work?

After the lottery, any child not given an offer will go on a Waitlist that is automatically generated by the SchoolMint program.

All schools accept Waitlist students in order of the original Waitlist that is generated by the certified lottery. Any late applicants are moved to the bottom of the Waitlist.

A common question is what happens when I get accepted to my second choice school? Look at this scenario for three fictional schools. The lottery ran and the child was offered a spot at The Daisy School. The child will still stay on the Waitlist for any school above the ranking; so the child stays on the The Rose School Waitlist through the first three weeks of the new school year. The application is cancelled to The Sunflower School (because the parent accepted The Daisy School).

Your School Preference Order/Ranked Action
Rank #1. The Rose School Waitlist #30
Rank #2: The Daisy School Accepted
Rank #3: The Sunflower School Cancelled

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 discuss your child’s academic history and to determine if this program would be a good fit for your child.

Can I switch Dual Language programs after the first year?

No, you cannot switch between programs. You can return to your zoned resident campus.

Is bus transportation provided?

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. For Transfer schools, you must provide your own transportation.

What is I miss the lottery deadline and still want to apply for a Choice Program?

There is only one lottery. The lottery completes enrollment for all schools, with the rest of the students going to a Waitlist. Late applications will open on February 22, 2019, after 4:00 pm. All late applicants are moved to the bottom of the school's waitlist.

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

When you log into SchoolMint, you can see the Waitlist number. 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.

After the lottery, any child not given an offer will go on a Waitlist that is automatically generated by the SchoolMint program.

All schools accept Waitlist students in order of the original Waitlist that is generated by the certified lottery. Any late applicants are moved to the bottom of the Waitlist.

A common question is what happens when I get accepted to my second choice school? Look at this scenario for three fictional schools. The lottery ran and the child was offered a spot at The Daisy School. The child will still stay on the Waitlist for any school above the ranking; so the child stays on the The Rose School Waitlist through the first three weeks of the new school year. The application is cancelled to The Sunflower School (because the parent accepted The Daisy School).

Your School Preference Order/Ranked Action
Rank #1. The Rose School Waitlist #30
Rank #2: The Daisy School Accepted
Rank #3: The Sunflower School Cancelled