EPISD Logo

EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
6531 Boeing Dr. El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 230-2000


EPISD - Educate, Graduate, Excel!
EPISD Departments

Public School Choice 2012-2013

Which campuses and school districts are required to offer public school choice?

School districts receiving federal funds under Title I, Part A are required to make choice available to all students who are enrolled in Title I campuses if their campus has been identified as in school improvement.

The school district is responsible for paying all or a portion of the transportation necessary for students to attend their new campuses, subject to the limitations in statute.

Which EPISD campuses are required to offer public school choice because of school improvement?

Parent Notification Letters
Andress High School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Austin High School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Basset Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Bowie High School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Canyon Hills Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Guillen Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Henderson Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Irvin High School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Jefferson High School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Lincoln Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Magoffin Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Morehead Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Ross Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Terrace Hills Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF
Wiggs Middle School Stage 1 Parent Letter BilingualPDF

Which students are eligible to change campuses under the Title I public school choice provisions?

All students enrolled in Title I campuses identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring are eligible to transfer to another public school campus within the district that is not in school improvement.

This requirement for all students applies whether the campus in which a child is enrolled administers Title I as a school wide program or as a targeted assistance program. The only exception applies in the situations when there are no other campuses in the district (or outside the district) to which students could transfer.

In the case of a campus that operates a targeted assistance program, all students in the campus, not just those receiving Title I services, must have the opportunity to change campuses.

Is there any priority for students to be allowed to transfer under the Title I public school choice option?

The school district must give all students in a campus identified for improvement the opportunity to transfer to another public school. In implementing this option to transfer, however, there may be circumstances in which the school district needs to give priority to the lowest-achieving children from low-income families. For example, if not all students can attend their first choice of campuses, a school district would give first priority in assigning spaces to the low-achieving low-income students. Similarly, if a school district does not have sufficient funding to provide transportation to all students who wish to transfer, it would apply this priority in determining which students can receive transportation.

How long must a school district continue to offer students in eligible Title I campuses the option to attend another public school?

The school district must offer choice to all students in an eligible Title I campus until the campus is no longer identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring, i.e., until the campus makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years.

How long must students who change campuses be allowed to attend the campus of their choice?

If an eligible student exercises the option to transfer to another public school campus, the school district must permit the student to remain in that campus until he or she has completed the highest grade in the campus. However, the school district is no longer obligated to provide transportation for the student after the end of the school year in which the student’s campus of origin is no longer identified for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring.

Students eligible to use the school choice option and students who used it.

  Students Eligible Student Transfers
2007-08 9,604 150
2008-09 10,524 94
2009-10 10,330 135
2010-11 1,728 0
2011-12 1,796 0
2012-13 15,976  

Available schools to which students eligible to participate in school choice may transfer:

Burges High School Missed AYP: Year 1 Reading and Mathematics
El Paso High School Missed AYP: Year 1 Reading and Mathematics
Armendariz Middle School Missed AYP: Year 1 Reading and Mathematics
Richardson Middle School Meets AYP

UIL Participation Policy for SIP School ChoicePDF


Subscribe to our newsletter!