Due to continued rapid growth and the community’s desire to maintain smaller school environments, Frisco ISD opens new schools regularly to meet the needs of students. The District continues to add about 3,000 students annually and that trend is expected to continue for the next several years.
As a school nears and exceeds capacity, new students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. If school enrollment reaches 100 students over capacity or more, that campus may be closed to new students. Each situation is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If the decision must be made to close a campus to new enrollment, students enrolling after that time will attend a nearby school instead. Transportation will be provided by FISD until a new school opens in the area to relieve crowding or boundary lines are redrawn to accommodate growth.
Vandeventer Middle School is closed to new students enrolling for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. The school exceeded capacity in the 2015-16 school year, with more than 1,100 students enrolled. New middle school students who live in the Vandeventer zone will attend Wester Middle School instead with transportation provided from Vandeventer to Wester. Lawler Middle School will open in August 2018 to relieve Vandeventer.
In addition, Curtsinger Elementary School is closed to new student enrollment for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. Enrollment exceeded 800 students in the 2016-17 school year. Curtsinger, Smith and Rogers elementary schools do not have the same capacity as the other 37 elementary schools and cannot be allowed to reach 860 before a cap on enrollment is implemented. New students will attend Shawnee Trail Elementary. Almost all students will live within two miles of Shawnee Trail and will not qualify for bus services. For those living outside of two miles from Shawnee Trail, transportation will be provided. With the ability to utilize capacity at a nearby school, the District has delayed the opening of Talley Elementary School until 2018 in order to save significant costs related to school operations.
Schools within the District have the same general class sizes, the same general curriculum and comparable facilities. Although the philosophies of the instructional leaders may differ slightly, the same programs are provided throughout the District and guarantee a quality education at all campuses.