Beginning this fall, Rockwall ISD will welcome a limited number of students from outside of its current boundary lines through its first ever Tuition-Based Enrollment Program. The new program allows students to apply for enrollment regardless of their home address.
Students in all grade levels can apply for admission. Only students who meet the required criteria will be considered for admission. Areas assessed include recent grades, attendance records, disciplinary records and TAKS/STAAR performance. Applicants will be able to list their preferred campus, but enrollment figures for each campus and grade level will determine where open spots are available.
Upon acceptance, a $5,000 annual tuition will extend the Rockwall ISD education to a student who resides outside of district lines. Tuition-Based Enrollment in Rockwall ISD will have no impact on district costs, but increases projected state funding revenue.
“This open enrollment initiative finally offers an opportunity for students just outside of our boundaries a chance to get a Rockwall ISD education,” said Sara Bonser, Rockwall ISD assistant superintendent. “The program ultimately serves as a great option for students who previously had no chance of attending our campuses.”
Impact on District Cost & Funding
The plan will have no effect on transportation costs as accepted students will be asked to provide their own transportation to and from school. Prospective students will only be admitted to schools that have adequate space. Additionally, the increase in enrollment will boost the revenue brought into the district from the state government.
A number of districts around the state are implementing tuition-based enrollment options. Several participating north Texas districts include Royse City, Carrollton, Forney and Birdville.
About Rockwall ISD
In recent years, Rockwall ISD has received numerous accolades from the Texas Education Agency for college-ready graduates, high performance in English/Language Arts and Mathematics as well as successes in Social Studies. Scores on 2011 state issued standardized testing in Rockwall ISD exceeded state averages. Average ACT and SAT scores of Rockwall ISD students also beat state averages in 2011.
“Not only do we place great value on the academic success of every child, Rockwall ISD takes pride in nurturing the whole child,” said Sheri Fowler, executive director of communications. “Rockwall ISD offers a K-12 kindness and compassion program as well as dozens of clubs and student organizations that create a unique school environment where everyone can find a place to shine.”
To apply and find more information on admission requirements and program details, visit rockwallisd.com/tuition.