• Frequently Asked Questions
    GCISD Transfer Lottery Process

    • If I am a non-resident and my student is transitioning to middle school or high school and I have been attending GCISD schools, will my student be given priority over a new non-resident student just applying for the lottery and never attended a GCISD school?
      • Yes. Your lottery number will be pulled before a non-resident student that has never attended a GCISD school.

    • If I am a non-resident and my student is already attending GCISD schools, do I need to complete a transfer request yearly?
      • No. You will only complete an application for the lottery when your student is transitioning to middle or high school.

    • What is the transfer lottery?
      • In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer. 
      • Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, GCISD will move to a transfer lottery in an effort to make the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus. 
    • How do I apply for the transfer lottery?
      • Families may apply for the transfer lottery from March 20 - April 21. When the application becomes available, it will be available on the district website.
    • What do you mean by resident and non-resident?
      • A resident transfer refers to a family that lives within the boundaries of Grapevine, Colleyville and Euless and is zoned to go to school in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
      • A non-resident transfer refers to a family that lives within the city of Grapevine or Colleyville but is zoned to attend another school district.
    • If I currently live in another school district, am I eligible to apply for a lottery transfer to a GCISD school?
      • Families are eligible to apply for a lottery transfer if you live within the cities of Grapevine or Colleyville.
    • What do I need to submit as part of my transfer lottery application?
      • If you are submitting a resident transfer request, you do not need to provide any additional information.
      • If you are submitting a non-resident transfer request, you will need to provide:
        • Proof of residence
        • Past state-mandated testing results
        • Most recent report card
    • What campuses are open for student transfers?
      • Decisions about which campuses are open for student transfers are dependent on campus capacity and staffing. These decisions will be made later in the semester and throughout the summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. Once the district determines which campuses and grade-levels can accept more students, the district will begin granting transfers based on the results of the transfer lottery. 
    • Can I request more than one campus, in case my first choice is not available?
      • The application form requests applicants list the schools in ranked order of preference. Your choices need to be listed in your order of preference. If you are only interested in transferring to one specific campus, please do not designate a second or third choice.
    • When will I be notified of the status of my transfer request?
      • While we cannot give a definitive date that we will notify families of the status of their transfer request, we can promise we will notify families as soon as capacity at a campus has been determined. In some cases, this may not be until August 2017. 
    • I currently have a student that was approved a transfer to attend a specific campus. I have another child that I would like to attend that school as well. Do I need to go through the lottery process again?
      • Siblings of GCISD residents do not need to go through the lottery process; however you will need to submit an application for a sibling transfer which may be approved based on campus capacity. 
      • Siblings of non-residents, previously approved for a transfer, must still apply for the transfer lottery. 
    • How long is the approved transfer valid for?
      • The lottery transfer is effective until the student moves to the next campus. For example, if you are the parent of an elementary student on a transfer, you will not need to re-apply until the spring before they enter middle school. 
    • How will transfer spaces be filled?
      • Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery. 
      • Unlike in previous school years, the lottery process is more equitable for families because we will not be admitting based on the order in which the application was received. 
      • The week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. The district will select the number of applicants based on available campus and grade-level capacity. If the number of applications for a given school or grade-level exceeds the number of available spaces, a wait list will be created for any spots that may become available.
      • Schools with a capacity of 90% or higher will be ineligible to accept transfers for the following school year. 
      • When determining schools that are able to receive transfers, we will look at the projected spaces available in each class at each grade level, while making sure that class sizes do not exceed the state maximums. We will not allow transfers if it would result in projected class sizes above the state maximums, or if it would require the district to add additional staff at a particular campus. 
    • Can a transfer be denied?
      • Yes, a lottery transfer request may be denied for any of the following reasons:
        • Lack of capacity;
        • Athletic purposes
        • If approving the transfer request would put a particular classroom over the state-mandated maximum class size.
        • If the student does not abide by the transfer criteria:
          • 90% rule regarding attendance
          • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
          • Grades in good standing
    • Can children of GCISD employees transfer to GCISD schools?
      • Yes. Employees will be permitted to have their children attend the campus they are employed, or at the campus that is geographically closest to their work site as long as there is capacity. Employees must apply for the requested campus, but they do not enter the lottery. 
    • I am a grandparent who resides in GCISD and I provide before and after school child care. Will my grandchild be permitted to attend my zoned GCISD campus?
      • Yes, if the grandparent completes a current affidavit stating that the grandparent is providing before and after school childcare within the zoned campus attendance area, then the grandchild will be permitted to attend the zoned GCISD campus of the resident grandparent.  The grandparent childcare provider will not need to apply for a transfer or enter the lottery.  They will provide all needed documentation at their zoned campus.  This process will be completed on a yearly basis.
    • I am a resident grandparent who does not provide before and after school childcare. My grandchildren live outside of the GCISD attendance zone. Can my grandchildren attend GCISD schools?
      • Yes, if the grandparent enters the lottery process. The grandparent must follow all lottery criteria in order to be considered. 

    For more transfer lottery information, please visit the district website