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

how to transfer schools in Plano ISD

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 allow transfers to every school. It depends on the size and any other circumstances. For 2020-2021 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 they will NOT be approving requests to transfer for the fall semester of the 2020-21 school year TO the following schools:      

Gulledge Elementary 

Schell Elementary

Wells 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 2020-21 school year.

Some schools have different application processes, including Huffman Elementary, Plano East IB World School, Health Sciences Academy or the Plano ISD Academy.

how to transfer schools in Plano ISD

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.

Transfer window dates vary every year

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. 

For more information contact:

Student Administrative Services

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

Business Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 Monday – Friday                         

Phone: 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!

Walter D Dyer Jr

Monday 12th of April 2021

Hi, I have an Allen address but belong to PISD. If I wanted to send my kids to an Allen school, is there the option to transfer?

Rehana Shaheen

Friday 23rd of July 2021

@Abbie, Hi Abbie, We recently moved here from New Jersey. My 8 years old finished his 3rd grade in NJ and applied for 4th grade here in Pisd. School is telling me that he has to attend 3rd grade again because of his age. His date of birth is September, 5 2012. In NJ school year starts in September and here in August. In other words he started his kindergarten early according to Texas school system. His grades are above 90% and he transferring within the US. Is there a way for dispute and keep him his rightfully earned 4th grade?. I think it’s unfair to him and us as parents. What are your thoughts??


Monday 12th of April 2021

I don't believe so Walter. Your address is zoned to an ISD and that's the one you can send your child to. Some ISD's do allow transfers in for a fee, but you'd have to contact Allen ISD to ask if that is possible.

Melissa Mantooth

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

We are new to the area we live in CityLine district and I have a 8th boy who I’m guessing will attend Armstrong middle school. I’ve been told this is a prodemitly Hispanic school? Which is fine except we don’t speech Spanish at all, can anyone give me a fair opinion regarding this middle school?


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi Melissa, I think one of our strengths as a city is our diversity. The main language in all schools is always US English, and ESL is provided for all students who have Spanish as their native language. If you ask in our Facebook group, Plano Moms Talk, you can definitely chat with other parents there at the school too, which will help you.


Saturday 18th of July 2020


How difficult is to get a kid who is not zoned in PWSH transferred into Plano West Senior High School. A couple of years ago, I heard that Plano West Senior High School stopped accepting intra district transfers. Is this true?


Sunday 19th of July 2020

I wouldn't feel confident giving you an accurate answer on this question, but if you email, they should be able to help!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Thanks for this post. We are debating moving to a house in Centennial, but would rather send our kids to Brinker, where my husband went. What do you think the odds are this would be approved? Anyone with experience?


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Hi Courtney, Right now transfers are up in the air! It depends if Brinker has spots available in the grade level you need. You can start by emailing and they can guide you further on the options available to you.


Thursday 28th of May 2020

I am living in Plano but zoned to frisco ISD, can I request a transfer to a PSID elementary school which is just few blocks away?


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Hi Irene, if you are zoned to one school district, you need to check with them if you can transfer to another school within that district. You cannot transfer between school districts if you are not in their zoned area.