FAQs

Choice Schools

Elementary Dual Language
  • Cedar Brook Elementary (Grades PreK4 - 5)
  • Pine Shadows Elementary (Grades K - 5)
  • Sherwood Elementary (Grades PreK4 - 5)
Secondary Dual Language
  • Spring Forest Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Spring Woods Middle School (Grade 6-8)
  • Spring Woods High School (Grade 9-12)
  • 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 -IB (Grades 6-12)
Non-Traditional
  • Academy of Choice (Grades 9-12)
  • Spring Branch Academic Institute (Grades K-10) See Advanced Academic website for more information

What is the Choice School Application?

The Spring Branch I.S.D. Choice School Application is the application required for acceptance into the district choice campuses/programs that require a lottery. The choice campuses/programs that require a Choice School 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. 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.

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 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.

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 that will be emailed after the lottery acceptance.

What is an acceptable proof of residency?

Proof of residency requirements are outlined in SBISD Board policy FD (Regulation). Acceptable forms of residency are: (1) A recently paid rent receipt (2) A current lease agreement (3) the most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership and (4) A current utility bill indicating the address in the adult's name.

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 SchoolMint 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 messaged on February 8, 2019, after 4:00 pm. 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 8, 2019, by 4:00 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. 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.

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 a child switch Dual Language programs?

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

What school 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. How does it 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

 

My child is on a 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.