This 2018-19 school year Frisco ISD expects to enroll an additional 2,500 new students and open four new schools: Liscano Elementary, Talley Elementary, Lawler Middle and Memorial High School. We would not be Frisco without constant growth!
Attendance zones determine which school a student will attend based on their address. Each fall, the District reviews the existing zones and proposes changes as necessary to accommodate enrollment growth and more effectively utilize building capacity across the District.
Most seasoned FISD parents have at least one story about their child attending a new school due to updated campus boundary lines. There are even parents who can boast that their child attended more than five schools while a student in FISD. It’s a challenging reality of buying a home in an ever-growing city like Frisco.
As a Wakeland High School teacher, I’m optimistic about the opportunities former WHS students will have at their new Memorial High School campus. There are a series of informational transition meetings planned at each new campus and will culminate with the first pep rally at Memorial HS on May 21st.
This round of rezoning will move 2,801 students to a brand new school while 1,096 students will be rezoned to an existing campus. All included, this will affect 27 FISD school campuses.
The rezoning process has been months in the making with multiple opportunities for the public to see the proposal documents, such as via the FISD website and at board meetings. Between October and December, the district received about 500 emails and phone calls from community members concerning the 2018-2019 plans.
Elementary, Middle, and High School current and future zones can be found here along with a projected student count to attend each campus as finalized at the December board meeting. Detailed maps with boundary lines within impacted neighborhoods can be found here.
Naturally, FISD knows that when impacting 3,897 current students, there will be extenuating circumstances where a parent wants to request a transfer for their child to a different campus than their newly assigned territory. The request windows will be May 1st-12th for FISD employees and will begin July 18th for the general public.
The district tried its best to stick to the small school model as recommended by community survey, a committee of stakeholders, and the faculty council. Based on recent meetings I’ve attended, it does not look like a proposed restructuring of the high schools will go into effect. We will remain an opportunity-rich, 5A school district.