Frequently Asked Questions

  • All interested applicants must apply for a Program of Choice even if the program or school is at the home school campus. Students assigned to a Program of Choice receive priority in course scheduling.

    All students must apply for a Program of Choice or School of Choice when transitioning from one campus to another. (Example: elementary to middle; middle to high) This includes students matriculating from Riverside and Alice Carlson Applied Learning who want to attend the Applied Learning Academy middle school.

    Students who transferred to their current school are not considered part of the feeder school pattern for that campus. They return to their attendance zone feeder school. For example, if a student whose home school is Monnig Middle School transferred into McLean Middle School, Paschal High School is NOT their home high school. If they wish to attend Paschal, they MUST apply to a Paschal Program of Choice. 

    SELECTION

    Admission is based on a computer-generated random selection process. Parents, students and schools will be notified via mail the week of February 6, 2017.

    Students will be given the following priority order during the lottery process:

    1. Students living in the school’s attendance zone
    2. Siblings of resident students who are currently enrolled in the school’s Program of Choice
    3. Children of resident District employees 
    4. Students living in the District but outside of the attendance zone
    5. Children of non-resident District employees 
    6. Students living outside of the District

    TRANSPORTATION 

    Transportation is provided to in-District students. Elementary Schools of Choice (SOC) and Programs of Choice (POC) bus stop locations will be at elementary school campuses. Middle school SOC and POC bus stop locations will be at middle school campuses. High school SOC and Gold Seal POC bus stop locations will be at middle school campuses. The transportation department will consider stop requests for locations greater than 2 miles from the designated home elementary/middle school campus. All additional stops will be based on a greatest concentration of students to be served in an area.

    Bus routes are determined by students’ home address only. Transportation is not provided for before or after school activities or extra curricular activities. 

    GENERAL

    1. How will I get more information about the programs and application process?

      Presentations will be made to all 5th and 8th grade students October 2 - November 2.

      The Choices Expo is schedule for November 3 and 4 at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center (5201 C.A. Roberson, Fort Worth 76119), Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

      Open Houses/Parent Tour Schedule:

      November 7-0:  High School Open Houses 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      November 7: Elementary and Middle School Parent Tours 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      November 7: Elementary and Middle School Parent Tours 6 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

      Contact Karen Ponder at 817-814-2584

    2. Does my child need to be pre-tested to enter your programs?
      No, pre-testing is not required.

    3. May we apply if we live in another school district?
      You may apply; however, all Fort Worth ISD applicants will be given the opportunity to fill the spots first. Students currently not enrolled in a FWISD school will have the option to complete an on-line application.  Follow the instructions that appear under the ID#/Birthdate page of the online application.

    4. Where will my child go if not selected during the lottery?
      They will report to their home school.

    5. When will the application process begin and end?
      The applications will be available online and at 100 N. University from November 3 – December 1 at 5:00pm.

    6. Will transportation be provided?
      Yes, transportation will be provided to every School of Choice, Program of Choice, and Gold Seal Program of Choice if the program is not offered in the home school. A centralized stop location will be considered for all students outside the two-mile radius of the current stop.

    APPLICATION

    1. Where can I get a Choice application?
      We encourage the online application which can be accesssed on the District website. All you need to start the process is the student's date of birth and FWISD ID#.

    2. What is my child’s local ID#?
      This is a number used to track student information.  It is located on your child’s report card.  Kindergarteners will not have this available unless they have been enrolled in a Fort Worth ISD Pre-Kindergarten, but will be assigned the number upon enrollment. *Students currently not enrolled in a FWISD school will have the option to complete an on-line application.  Follow the instructions that appear under the ID#/Birthdate page of the online application.

    3. Where will the applications be turned in?
      The Choices applications may be mailed or brought to the Advanced, Accelerated & Innovative Learning Department, which is located in the Fort Worth ISD administration building at 100 N. University, Suite NE 243. Schools should not accept the applications.

    4. Will a certain Internet browser be required to submit an online application?
      It may be helpful to have the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Safari.  Also, you may need to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader.  

    5. Why is the online application not allowing me to proceed if the physical address is blank?
      The Choice online application uses the physical address to establish residence in the District. In the case where there is no home address information or the physical address is incorrect in the student system, the parent must submit verification of address to the student’s current campus data clerk. The online Application already displays the following message when the home address is blank: “If the home or mailing address is not correct or blank, please go to your child's school and ensure the campus staff updates your information.” This symbol indicates fields that are required.

    6. Where do I need to update my address information?
      In the case where there is no home address information in the Choice online application, the data clerk at the school will need to make sure the home address is selected as the physical address in Focus, the student information system. Please be prepared to show proof of residence. The AAIL office cannot make address changes.

    7. I made the address change at the school.  How long do I need to wait to apply online?
      Follow up with the campus to verify the address change has been made. It may take 2-3 days.

    8. Once I submit the online application, what should I do with the confirmation number?
      Please either print the confirmation page or write the confirmation number down and keep for your records.

    9. Can I make changes to the online application after it's submitted?
      Yes, you may make changes to the online application after it has been submitted but prior to the December 5 application deadline. To change the application, parents will need the following information:

      - Parents with current FWISD students: date of birth, student ID number
      - For all other applications: confirmation number

      It is important to follow this process to make changes. Starting or submitting a new application will create a duplicate application which will effect lottery assignment.

    ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE    

    1. Is there a program for Pre-Kindergarten students?
      No, please call the Early Childhood office at 817-814-2450 to receive information about schools that offer Pre-Kindergarten.

    2. How old does my child need to be to enter kindergarten?
      Your child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2017.

    3. If my child has never been in Fort Worth ISD before, may I still apply online?
      Yes, there are instructions for applicants who do not have a Fort Worth ISD student ID#.

    4. My child didn’t attend Pre-Kindergarten, so they don’t have a report card.  May we still apply?
      Yes, you may.  A report card is not required for entry into kindergarten.  

    5. If a sibling is already attending my first choice school selection, will my child automatically be accepted, and do I need to submit a separate application for them?
      They will not automatically be accepted, but the sibling will be given preference if the other child is enrolled at the school they are applying for, and will be attending the school during the same school year and if there is an open spot. If there are other applicants who fall into this category, a lottery will be run for all sibling situations. A separate application must be filled out for the sibling.

    6. If my child attends Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center or Riverside Applied Learning Center, will they automatically be assigned to the Applied Learning Academy for middle school?
      They will receive preference in placement as long as they submit the application for ALA on time and it is their first choice.

    7. How many programs can I apply for?
      A student may apply for no more than three programs. Selections need to be marked in numerical order of preference.

    8. What must be submitted to apply for a Choice program or school?
      Only an application must be submitted by the deadline with the exception of the following schools, which require additional documentation:

      - Young Men’s Leadership Academy
      - Young Women’s Leadership Academy
      - World Languages Institute 

    HIGH SCHOOL

    1. Does every ninth grader need to apply for Gold Seal Programs of Choice?
      If you are interested in applying for one of the Gold Seal Programs of Choice, and are an incoming 9th grader, you must apply.  Even if you live in the attendance zone for the school where the program is located, you must apply or your space will be filled by other applicants.

    2. If a student enters a Gold Seal program and drops out of that program, will the student be allowed to remain on that campus or is he required to return to his home school campus?
      When this decision is made, it is advisable that the student set an appointment with the Program of Choice Coordinator to determine what would be best for them.  If a student makes the decision to drop out of the Gold Seal program and the campus is not their home "attendance zone" campus, the student will be required to return to their home campus.

    3. How many programs can I apply for?
      A student may apply for no more than three programs. Selections need to be marked in numerical order of preference.

    4. What must be submitted to apply for a Choice program or school?
      Only an application must be submitted by the deadline with the exception of the following schools, which require additional documentation:

      - Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS)
      - Green B. Trimble Technical High School (School of Choice only)
      - Young Men’s Leadership Academy
      - Young Women’s Leadership Academy
      - Marine Creek Collegiate High School
      - TCC South / Fort Worth ISD Collegiate High School
      - World Languages Institute 

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