Application and Admission Process
All students from 3 years of age to 6th grade have the opportunity to apply for enrollment in one of our nine elmentary Choice Schools as long as parents reside outside of the attendance zone for the Choice School they are applying to attend. Morning and afternoon transportation will be provided to all students who are selected and who reside outside a two-mile radius from the Choice School.
Choice School Enrollment Process
Enrollment in Choice Schools will occur in three phases.
Some programs require additional requirements.
Reagan & Hays Academics
In addition to the on-line application needed for Hays and Reagan, the following information must be presented to your campus of choice on or before the application deadline:
1. Printed copy of application;
2. KINDERGARTEN Applicants:
Austin Montessori, Cameron, GP Alamo, & Milam
Parents who submit an application to Austin Montessori, GP Alamo, Cameron Dual Language, or Milam Magnets must attend an orientation session before the student will be considered during the lottery. The sessions are brief (30 minutes) and are designed to explain the individualized curriculum, student expectations, and the parental commitment that is required for their particular campus.
Blackshear, Travis and Zavala
Blackshear, Travis, and Zavala only require an on-line application. They do not have additional requirements.
The Online Application Process
Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process? Typically, the process should take roughly 10 minutes.
Q. What if I do not have access to a computer? Please contact the Choice School or the office of Student Admissions for assistance.
Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than online? No, the application process is strictly electronic.
Q. Once I've submitted the application, how will I know the submission was successful? Once the application is completed online, you will receive an automated message to the email address you provided when you created your account.
Q. Should I allow anyone else to use my account? It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child.
Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account? No. Call the office of Student Admissions to assist you.
Q. How is the lottery conducted? A computerized software is used to conduct a random automated selection of students to our Choice Schools using Board approved criteria.
Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program? Parents will receive notification of the lottery results via email once it has been completed.
Q. What happens after the initial lottery process? Once the notifications have been emailed, parents of students who were accepted must Accept/Decline the seat. Students who were not selected are randomly placed on the waitlist and are contacted as openings become available. If students are not called from the waitlist by the end of December, the waitlist is dissolved and the process will start over. The online application is re-opened to continue accepting late applications to fill seats which were not filled during lottery or to be placed on the waitlist.
Choice in ECISD begins when you decide to raise your children in our community. ECISD offers students and their families a wide range of school choices. Our Choice Schools are committed to promoting personal and academic excellence by providing students with opportunities to explore and discover their unique strengths and abilities to positively impact their lives and the world around them.
Browse through the variety of programs and find the CHOICE best fit for your child!
Options for Children
PO Box 3912
802 N Sam Houston
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: (432) 456-8890
Fax: (432) 456-8894