Attendance Zoning

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Leander ISD determine attendance boundaries?

Each October, Leander ISD receives an annual demographic update from Population and Survey Analysts (PASA). By studying student residential locations, potential growth and decline, housing trends, and economic factors inherent to the district. PASA studied the expected long‐term trends for the district, and created a dataset to use in planning for the next 10 years. Attendance Zoning Recommendations:

  • Must provide for safety and efficiency.
  • Shall not be constrained by previous attendance zone actions or guidelines.
  • Shall not be constrained by the current boundary lines.
  • Utilize the enrollment projections, construction schedules, and other pertinent data as a basis for development.
  • Wherever possible, should include balanced enrollment sizes at existing campuses (and considering campus capacities) in preference to opening new buildings.
  • Neighborhood code designations may only be adjusted by administration.

What is the Board Review process?

The Board process is as follows (Flow Chart Graphic):

  1. District staff facilitate community discussion and feedback collection regarding project charter, defining the core values. Core values are the considerations or preferences included in a zoning change. The values could include, but are not limited to: 
    • maintaining feeder patterns; 
    • relieving overcrowded schools; 
    • balancing enrollments; or 
    • minimizing changes for students. 
  2. District staff summarize charter feedback and present to the Board for review.
  3. Board approves project charter.
  4. District staff build possible attendance zoning scenarios and facilitate community discussion and feedback collection on each scenario.
  5. District staff publish scenario for public comment, including community forums.
  6. District staff provides recommendation report to the Board.
  7. Board reviews and adopts final zoning that will take effect for the 2021–22 school year.

How are final decisions made?

The Board will evaluate presented scenarios, taking into consideration necessary criteria and feedback from the public/community. Upon completion of this process, the Board will adopt the school attendance zones.

How can I share input on zoning changes?

In an effort to increase the opportunities for community members and/or parents, the District is providing the following methods for feedback:

  • Click on this Let’s Talk link to submit a question regarding Attendance Zoning.
  • You can also contact the Facility and Operations department at 512-570-0400.
  • Staff will conduct at least two public feedback meetings to present the recommended scenario. Please check the Attendance Zones page for more information.

If we are rezoned, will this be the only time?

Leander ISD will continue to open schools to meet the needs of student enrollment growth. The district will always try to not move students within the same grade group (elementary, high school, middle school) more than twice in a two-year period.

If I am rezoned, will I be able to choose to stay at my current school?

A formal decision on transfer policy is made at the end of the zoning process when the Board adopts a new zone for the 2021–2022 school year.

Historically, for elementary school zoning changes, the policy has allowed 2020–2021 4th-grade students, and their siblings, to apply for a transfer and remain at their 2020–2021 zoned campus for the first year the new zoning takes effect (2021–2022). Parents would be required to provide transportation for their transfer students.

Any transfer exceptions regarding these potential zoning changes will be discussed and adopted along with the zoning scenario.

How is UIL eligibility affected by rezoning, especially if a student is granted a transfer back to  his/her previous campus?

Students zoned to a new campus have no issues being eligible to immediately participate in UIL activities for that school.

Similarly, if a student is granted a transfer back to their former (as opposed to their assigned) campus, UIL participation eligibility will be unaffected so long as the student has completed a year of study at that campus. 

If a freshman student is granted a voluntary transfer to a campus other than the one they are assigned, per LISD transfer guidelines, they are ineligible to participate in competitions for one calendar year. After a year at the campus, they are eligible to play at the varsity level.

Please contact the LISD Athletic Department with any questions.

Why can’t LISD align feeder patterns, let students attend schools close to home AND balance enrollments?

While we work to achieve these three priorities that our community has deemed most important, that simply isn’t possible in most of the district.

For example, if you relieve overcrowding at one school, you could create a split feeder pattern or send students to a school farther from their neighborhood. In developing the proposed plan, LISD sought to balance each priority as best as possible.

What potential issues would an over-enrolled school have?

Overcrowded schools create a higher need for portable buildings and lead to other adjustments, such as crowded and mixed grade level lunch periods and hallways; increased number of academic teams; and impacts to participation on competitive teams and performance groups.

When school enrollments exceed the building’s capacity, LISD may need to adjust school administrative staffing, traffic patterns and safety protocols.

Updated on January 27, 2020

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  1. I love that you are including more kids from Westside Elementary at CPMS. Why not include all the kids from the elementary school?

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