Frequently Asked Questions
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. New elementary attendance boundaries will go into effect during the 2019-2020 school year with the opening of Charter Oak Elementary. Attendance boundaries changes for middle schools and high schools will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year with the opening of Lake Belton High School and Belton Middle School. 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 opened on August 19, 2019. Belton Middle School (currently Bhs9) will open in the fall of 2020. Lake Belton High School will open in the fall of 2020.
What is an Intra district student transfer?
- Intra district transfers are transfers of students residing within the Belton ISD boundaries that wish to transfer from one campus to another within the district.
What is an Inter district student transfer?
- Inter district, or out-of-district, transfers are transfers from outside the district, meaning that students do not reside within the Belton ISD boundaries.
When can I request a transfer for my child?
- Secondary Intra district transfers to the 2020-2021 school year will be considered first. Middle school transfer requests dates will be processed October 28 - November 15, 2019. Early high school transfer requests were from September 17 - October 5, 2019 for 8th and 9th grade. Elementary intradistrict school transfer request dates for 2020-2021 are March 3 - May 5.
- Inter district transfer request dates for 2020-2021 are March 3- May 5.
In evaluating a transfer request, what criteria will be considered for approval?
- Program needs of the student and program availability of the campus;
- Available space of the school to which the student requests a transfer;
- Extraordinary family considerations;
- UIL rules; and
- A student’s attendance and/or discipline history
In evaluating an Intra district transfer request, what are examples of criteria that will not be considered?
- Legacy requests (historical familial relationships to Belton High School)
- Grandfather requests (maintaining current campus enrollment for a duplicated program)
- Requests for specific staff, campus, or duplicated programs
How will the district handle Inter district (out-of-district) student transfer requests?
- Interdistrict applications will be taken in spring 2020 after secondary intradistrict applications have been processed and enrollment data and staffing needs have been identified and addressed.
My child has been rezoned from the elementary and/or middle school 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. Returning elementary intra district transfer requests will be considered for students that have attended the transfer campus for three or more consecutive years as a transfer student or is going to be a fifth grader for the 2020-2021 school year.
What courses and programs will be offered at each middle school?
- All Belton ISD middle schools will offer students the same courses, electives, and extracurricular programs. Exceptions will apply to special education programs such as AIMS, Functional Academics, and Life Skills. Families with students enrolled in these special programs will be contacted by department staff with details once decisions are made on where those programs will be located.
Will each middle school have equitable facilities?
- Each middle school will have equitable facilities to support the academic and extracurricular needs of our middle school students. All programs will be well-equipped, well-staffed, and have the tools necessary to be successful. For athletics, Belton ISD currently has five stadiums and four synthetic tracks to meet the needs of scheduled competitions including football, soccer, and track and field.
What grades will Lake Belton High School open with?
- Lake Belton High School will open with 9th and 10th 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 (2019-2020) 8th and 9th grade students are the first students to be impacted by the new attendance boundaries. Currently, all 9th grade students attend Belton High School in the 2019-2020 school year.
- 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.
What if my student is currently an 8th grader? Are they impacted by this boundary adjustment?
- Current 8th grade students zoned for Lake Belton High School will become the first 9th grade class for Lake Belton High School. They will be the second class to graduate from Lake Belton High School in 2024.
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 8th grade who wish to go to Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow must apply during the spring of their 8th 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 9th 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 9th 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 based on firm BISD intradistrict transfer guidelines, 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.
For students who attend BHS as 9th 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 identical courses be offered at each comprehensive high school?
- At this time, we plan to offer students at both campuses the same course offerings, including those in Advanced Academics, Special Education, and Dual Credit. Final course selections will be in the Secondary Course Catalog posted in November.
Will students at Lake Belton High School have access to the Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) program offered through Temple College?
- Students from both comprehensive high schools will be able to enroll and participate in the TBI program provided they meet requirements established to be admitted.
What courses will be offered at Lake Belton High School?
- Plans are underway to duplicate all courses and programs at Lake Belton High School currently offered at Belton High School; however, specific course availability is driven by the number of students requesting a course. There may be some specialty courses that are not available, and in that case, Belton ISD will identify a solution for each of these situations and notify parents if there are changes.
Where should additional questions or specific case inquiries about intradistrict and interdistrict transfers be directed?
- All questions and inquiries should be directed to Student Services at 254-215-2000.