When FISD adjusts attendance boundaries at the elementary and middle school levels, it impacts students at all grade levels, K-5 for elementary and 6-8 for middle school, so siblings living at the same address move together.
However, because new high schools do not open with all grade levels (9-12), it is possible that siblings may be split between high school campuses. Although the situation is not ideal, in order to avoid moving seniors and to efficiently utilize space, effectively allocate staffing and balance enrollments at new and existing high schools, some siblings have been split between high school campuses every time Frisco ISD has opened a new high school. This has been the case with each new high school campus, dating back to the opening of the District’s second high school, Centennial, in 2003.
Siblings split between two high schools, regardless of the number of children and/or number of years they are split apart, is a necessary action in order to ensure enrollment numbers at FISD high schools support the small schools model. This recognizes that maintaining the small schools model is a greater priority than the practice of creating exception rules that result in siblings staying together, regardless of the number of students or the years split apart. Making exceptions for families to accommodate all of their children staying at a single high school, despite rezoning changes, is both inconsistent with past practices in FISD and endangers the small schools model. Exceptions harm the integrity of the demographic planning process severely, as leaders cannot control enrollment, make accurate projections and track zone growth with a legacy of exceptions. Splitting siblings is a necessary fact of rezoning given the fast-growth environment hinging on a small school model for high schools.