Everything You need to know to Transfer Schools in PISD

Everything You Need to Know About How to Transfer Schools in PISD Plano, Texas

How to transfer Schools within PISD

A common question asked amongst Plano Moms is how to transfer a child to a different school in town. Whatever reason you are wanting a transfer, it is possible, but there is a procedure to follow. Here is how to transfer schools in Plano, Texas.

You need to have all the information on the school you wish to transfer to. PISD does not all transfers to every school. It depends on the size and any other circumstances. For 2019-2020 school year this is what the PISD website says:

Due to building instructional programs and functions, enrollment projections, staff assignments, boundary changes, and/or anticipated construction projects we will NOT be approving requests to transfer for the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year TO the following schools:

Barksdale Elementary

Carlisle Elementary        

Gulledge Elementary 

Mitchell Elementary

Schell Elementary

Renner Middle School 

Transfer requests to all other Plano I.S.D. schools will be considered on space/staff available basis in the particular grade level/classroom. Several grade levels in a building may be closed to transfer students due to staffing and enrollment. Due to enrollment and staffing issues involved with specialized programs no transfers will be granted for pre-kindergarten programs offered at Isaacs, Beaty, and Pearson Early Childhood Schools and Head Start during the 2018-19 school year.

Transfer schools in PISD

A non-refundable transfer application fee of $50.00 per request is due at the time of application. This list is subject to change as periodic updates and modifications of actual and projected enrollments, building capacities, staff assignments, and attendance boundary changes are confirmed and when limits are approved and campuses must be closed.

PISD Transfer Updated Info for 2019-2020 school year:

The Elementary Transfer date begins April 15th at 6:30 am!!!

You must log onto the PISD website to receive a number to hold your place in line for requesting a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year. Online access will end April 12 at 5:00 pm. There is a fee of $50.

Transfer day will be Monday, April 15th with doors opening at 7:45 am at the admin building (2700 W. 15th street).

In order to secure your spot, you must do this ASAP! Taken from the PISD website:

Transfers are approved on a first-come first serve basis to available schools and grade levels. Transfer limits apply and when limits are reached grade levels and campuses are closed to transfers. 

Transfers requested on June 15 to the first day of class will be considered for children of employees, children who move during the summer, children new to the district, and for students who wish to enroll in a Board approved magnet course not offered at their home school. Transfers are considered before school begins and at mid-term.  We do not move children from one campus to another during the academic semesters.

For more information contact:

Student Administrative Services

5804 Coit Road, Suite # 102,Plano, Texas 75023

Business Hours 8:00 – 5:00 Monday – Friday                           469-752-3793 or 469-752-3794

Are you new to Plano ISD? Here is more information all about the schools across the district. 

Here are some most common questions asked by Plano Moms about transferring to other schools in the district.

  1. Once I transfer one of my kids, will I need to follow the same procedure to transfer my remaining kids as they become school age?   Yes! You will need to follow the same procedure. Just because one of your children was accepted for a transfer does not mean others will. You will have to apply and hope the rest get accepted as well. 
  2. My child will be starting Kinder in the Fall but I want him to attend a different school, how do I transfer him? You will need to register your child at their home school and then apply for the transfer following the above procedure as outlined by Plano ISD transfer policies. 
  3. We are moving. Can my kids stay at their same school in Plano? If you are staying the same zone then your kids can stay at the same school. If you are moving into a different boundary area then your kids will need to transfer schools. You would need to contact the new school to get more information on registration. If it is the 2nd semester, we’ve been told they can stay and finish out the remainder of the school year. 
  4.  Do I have to reapply for a transfer every school year? NO!!! Once you get the transfer, you are good to go for the remainder of that school term until the child moves to a different school. For ex: If you got accepted for elementary school you will reapply if trying for a certain middle school, then high school. 

Plano Moms Suggest These Tips:

  • On the Morning of Transfer Day: Get up Early and BE READY BEFORE 6:30 on the computer. Get your fingers ready to get in!!!!!
  • After you’ve been given your number to go to Admin building don’t forget your $50 registration fee!!! (non-refundable)
  • Keep in mind for older kids transferring (middle and high school aged) that if playing sports they could be put on academic probation due to the transfer, just be aware.

Do you have any more questions or tips for on the transfer process? Let us know!

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Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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Raj Sharma says August 12, 2017

Thanks for this information, was very useful. Had a related question and was wondering if you could shed some light on this question…

If my child goes to a particular school and we end up moving to another locality that no longer feeds into this school, can my child continue to be in her/his school though we are now living in another locality? it would help establish continuity for the child.

    PlanoMoms says August 12, 2017

    That’s a great question! Normally if you do transfer mid year your child will still be able to attend the same school the rest of the year. The next year if you still want your child to attend you would have to file for a transfer to that school. Does this help?

      Raj says August 13, 2017

      Thanks so much for your response!
      Is filing a transfer to allow the child to continue to attend in the same school contingent on vacancies or is this a simple procedure? Thanks for your responses.

        PlanoMoms says August 15, 2017

        Hi Raj, to fill out a transfer request you have to complete an application and pay a fee. Please email me at info@planomoms.com and I’m happy to help send you more info!

Barbara says September 10, 2017

Thanks for the article really helps. I have a question. My daughter will be entering Kinder garden next year and I am checking schools in the area. My school is a good school. However there is another school very close that has better rating and better credentials and belongs to the same district. How can I request a transfer If I haven’t even enrolled my daughter on the school that she is supposed to go?

    PlanoMoms says September 20, 2017

    That’s a great question! I would contact PISD! I’m not sure since she isn’t enrolled yet. I would assume you would do the same thing and follow the transfer request in the spring but it’s better to get the answers from them and know beforehand! Good luck!!

Geetha says October 4, 2017

Hi my Son is attending centennial elementary this year, but we are planning to move to a new home in December for that new home address the attendance school is barksdale, how can we change him to the new school? Withdraw and re apply?

    PlanoMoms says October 4, 2017

    Hi there. If you are wanting him to go to his new school you would need to let his current school know the change and then go to his new school and register him. Since it will be his homeschool you would not need to transfer. I hope this helps!

      Geetha says October 4, 2017

      Thanks for ur info.

Sarah says October 15, 2017

What if you live in another city and would like your child to attend pisd?

    PlanoMoms says October 16, 2017

    Hi Sarah, I’m assuming you live close by to a PISD school? I would suggest calling Plano ISD school’s to see what the appropriate steps are. Transfer requests are not always accepted so it’s best to know what you are dealing with. Good luck!

TANYA VARMA says February 28, 2018

My daughter got a transfer to Centennial from another PISD school.
Her brother is expected to start kinder year this fall.
Is there a grandfather in policy in PISD? Or the same transfer process again?
Thanks for your time

    PlanoMoms says February 28, 2018

    This is a great question! I’m trying to find the answer for you. I am not sure. I am asking Moms in the Facebook group! Thanks

Sultana says March 23, 2018

Hello, thanks for the information, I am moving from another state in June, we found an apartment which is nicely located and schools are great, but the freshman high school is very far from the place, but there is another highly rated school closer to the place so can I enroll her in that school?

    PlanoMoms says March 28, 2018

    Hi, I would call Plano ISD and make sure you are in the right school district. We do not have a freshman center. Our high schools run 9th/10th and 11th/12th. I hope this helps. You can always apply for a transfer. The secondary transfer process has already started. Good luck!

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