Out-of-District Transfer


Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in Pasadena ISD through the Limited Open Enrollment program. Because the application process can take 7-10 days to complete, it is imperative that your child remains enrolled at their current school until you receive confirmation that the transfer is approved.

When turning in your application, you must bring your child’s 2018-19 school records (August 2018 – Present). Applications will not be processed until all records are turned in to Student Services. Required documents include:

  1. Completed Transfer Application
  2. Report Card/Grade Report
  3. Attendance Report
  4. Discipline Report
    If your child had no discipline issues, please ask their school to give you something in writing, on school letterhead, that states no discipline issues.
  5. Most recent ARD document (Only applicable if student receives Special Education Services)

If applying under the grandparent clause, the grandparent’s address determines the school the student is eligible to attend. THE PARENT MUST ENROLL THE CHILD. Both the parent and grandparent must provide two proofs of residence with the application.

Out-of-District Transfer Application

Applications should be turned in to PISD Administration Building located at:

Student Services
1515 Cherrybrook Ln
Pasadena, TX 77502

This year, Pasadena ISD launched the Power of Choice campaign to encourage students of all backgrounds to take advantage of various educational programs available in the district. These include:


  • Connect Personalized Learning
  • Dual Language
  • Advanced Placement/College Now-Dual Credit
  • Career and Technical Pathways
  • And the Early College High Schools
Pasadena ISD is now extending those opportunities to children who reside outside of the district as part of the open enrollment program.

For families who want to find the best schools, the best programs and the best educational experience for their child, then Pasadena ISD is the place be,” Dr. DeeAnn Powell, PISD superintendent said. “We are putting education in the hands of students.

There is no tuition cost for students to enroll in Pasadena ISD schools. Parents are only required to complete an application form and submit it, along with all required documents, to the district.

These include:
  •  A copy of the student’s final report card
  • Attendance record from student’s previous school
  • Conduct and discipline report
  • If a student received Special Education services at their previous school, then the most recent ARD document is also required.

The district will accept as many students as space will allow at the elementary, middle and intermediate levels (kindergarten through 8th grade).

The district experienced a dip in enrollment due to Hurricane Harvey. At the beginning of the 2017 school year, Pasadena ISD saw enrollment numbers hovering above 56,000. After the storm, nearly 2,000 students were displaced or relocated due to flood damage. As a result, enrollment declined to roughly 54,000.

Elementary schools across the district have seen the greatest decrease in enrollment numbers, especially in neighborhoods that were heavily impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Some families didn’t want to leave their homes, but due to the Harvey devastation, home was not an option,” Neitzy Retta, PISD migrant and homeless coordinator.

The open enrollment period has begun and will last as long as space allows.

“We empower students to choose an educational pathway that fits the learning styles of each student. This is our way of increasing access to those opportunities,” said Powell.  “We want to extend an invitation to all students across the Greater Houston area to join Pasadena ISD.” 

For more information regarding open enrollment, please contact 713-740-0000 as soon as possible.

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