Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
What areas of Belton ISD are impacted by the recent approval of new attendance boundaries for elementary, middle and high schools?
- On January 14, 2019, the Board of Trustees adopted new attendance boundaries for elementary, middle, and high school. While not every student is impacted by an immediate change, virtually all areas of the school district are impacted. New elementary attendance boundaries will go into effect during the 2019-2020 school year. Attendance boundaries changes for middle schools and high schools will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year. Maps of the approved attendance boundaries can be found at the following link: www.bisd.net/EnrollInBISD
When will new campuses open?
- Charter Oak Elementary will open in the Fall of 2019. Belton Middle School (currently Bhs9) will open in the Fall of 2020. Lake Belton High School will open in the Fall of 2020.
When can I request a transfer for my child?
- Elementary transfer requests will be accepted from February 4, 2019, to February 22, 2019. Middle school transfer requests will be accepted from October 7-25, 2019. High school transfer requests will be accepted from September 17 - October 5, 2019.
My child currently attends Lakewood, we want to attend Lake Belton Middle School along with other Lakewood students. How do we make this request formally to the district, and will it be granted?
- Transfer requests will be accepted for middle schools beginning October 2, 2019. Parents of Lakewood Elementary fifth graders wishing to attend Lake Belton Middle School are eligible to request a transfer. Transportation will not be provided for transfer students.
My child will be rezoned from the middle school he/she currently attends as a sixth-grade student. Can he/she stay at this middle school and if so, what is the process for making this request?
- Transfer requests will be accepted for middle school students beginning October 2, 2019. Parents wishing to complete an application to transfer their student may do so by October 25, 2019. Transportation will not be provided for transfer students. Priority for middle school transfers will be given to seventh-grade students wishing to attend their current campus as an eighth-grader.
Can I request a transfer for my child to the new Charter Oak Elementary campus even though we live in another attendance zone?
- Yes. Applications for elementary transfer requests will be accepted beginning February 4, 2019, and must be submitted by February 22, 2019. Transfer requests will be evaluated based on the guidelines used for any intradistrict or out-of-district transfers. There is no guarantee that the transfer will be granted.
My child has been rezoned from the elementary currently being attended, can I request a transfer to remain at the current campus?
- You can request a transfer. However, the expectation is that students attend the school for which they have been zoned.
- Applications for elementary transfer requests will be accepted beginning February 4, 2019, and must be submitted by February 22, 2019. Transfer requests will be evaluated based on the guidelines used for any intradistrict or out-of-district transfers, and priority will be given to current fourth-grade students.
Will Lake Belton High School open with ninth through 12 th grades?
- Lake Belton High School will open with ninth and 10 th grades only. Students moving to Lake Belton High School as a 10th grader will move up each subsequent year and become the first class to graduate from Lake Belton High School in 2023.
What if my student is already in high school? Are they impacted by this boundary adjustment?
- Current year (2018-2019) ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students will not be impacted by the boundary changes.These students will attend and graduate from Belton High School.
- Current (2018-2019) seventh and eighth grade students are the first students to be impacted by the new attendance boundaries. Current eighth-grade students will attend Belton High School as ninth graders in the 2019-2020 school year and those zoned for Lake Belton High School will attend there as 10th graders when the school opens in the Fall of 2020. They will be the first class to graduate from Lake Belton High School in 2023.
- Current seventh-grade students zoned for Lake Belton High School will become the first ninth grade class for Lake Belton High School. They will be the second class to graduate from Lake Belton High School in 2024.
My student will be a ninth-grader next year at Belton High School but we reside in the new Lake Belton High School zone. Can my student stay at Belton High School?
- Because Lake Belton High School attendance boundaries do not go into effect until the Fall of 2020, all students except for those electing to attend Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow will be Belton High School students for 2019-2020. Transfer applications for the Fall of 2020 will become available September 17, 2019, and must be submitted no later than October 5, 2019, to be considered. Transportation will not be provided for students who are granted a transfer.
Can out-of-district students request a transfer to either Lake Belton High School or Belton High School?
- Out-of-district students can request to attend any Belton ISD high school; however, the decision as to whether the transfer will be approved lies with the district. Students should consider UIL eligibility rules when making a transfer request. Students must be continuously enrolled for one calendar year to become eligible for varsity athletics. Students changing schools for athletic purposes may be declared ineligible for more than one calendar year.
My student has an interest in attending Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow, yet we reside in the Lake Belton High School zone, how do we request attendance at Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow?
- Students in the eighth grade who wish to go to Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow must apply during the spring of their eighth-grade year and participate in the camp out. Students in grades 9, 10, or 11 should make an appointment with the Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow principal to discuss the availability of slots and qualifications.
If my student attends ninth grade at Belton High School and then attends 10th grade at Lake Belton High School based on our residence, how is UIL eligibility affected?
- There is no impact to UIL eligibility for students who are zoned to Lake Belton High School and attend there as a 10th grader.
If my student attends ninth grade at Belton High School, is then zoned to Lake Belton High School for 10th grade based on our residence, and is granted a transfer to stay at Belton High School, how is UIL eligibility impacted?
- There would be no impact to UIL eligibility provided that the student selects Belton High School at the first available opportunity and has been continuously enrolled in and regularly attending Belton High School for one calendar year.
If my student chooses one high school as a ninth or 10th-grader but doesn’t like it, can my student choose to go to the other high school in the future?
- No, students must graduate from the school they initially choose.
For students who attend BHS as ninth-graders and then attend Lake Belton High School as 10th-graders, will there be an impact on how GPA is calculated?
- Belton ISD’s GPA policy will be the same for all high school students. The total number of students in a class will change with the opening of Lake Belton High School.
Will the courses offered at Lake Belton High School be the same as those offered at Belton High School?
- It has been determined that Lake Belton High School will not offer Automotive Technology or ROTC in the Fall of 2020 when the school opens. Students wishing to enroll in Automotive Technology may request a transfer to Belton High School. ROTC will be provided at both schools, but students will be bussed to Belton High School for classes until such time as Lake Belton High School is approved for a new unit. Belton ISD intends to offer a comparable selection of courses at both Belton High School and Lake Belton High School. However, course availability is driven by the number of students requesting a course. There may be some specialty courses which do not make. In that case, Belton ISD will identify a solution for each of these situations and notify parents if there are changes. Once current 8th graders are enrolled this spring, the District will review enrollment numbers and make decisions about course offerings and staffing.