Admissions and Attendance

The public schools of our nation are unique among the world's educational systems, open free of charge to all school-aged residents who have not yet graduated and are not enrolled elsewhere.  Generally, students attend school where they live, but state law allows for certain exceptions and transfers.  The following are resources related to public school admissions, including transfers, and attendance.

Foster Care


Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on student admissions, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FD Admissions
FDA Interdistrict Transfers
FDAA Public Education Grants
FDB Intradistrict Transfers and Classroom Assignments
FDC Homeless Students
FDD Military Dependents
FDE School Safety Transfers

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services’ School Admissions Issues, for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length legal outline with an overview of when students are entitled to admission and what documentation is required, as well as common questions about transfers, early kindergarten admissions, and more. 

Other Resources


Related Policies

For more information on attendance, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

FEA Compulsory Attendance
FEB Attendance Accounting
FEC Attendance for Credit
FED Attendance Enforcement
FEE Open/Closed Campus
FEF Released Time
FNE Pregnant Students Leave of Absence

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Student Attendance Accounting Handbook details the attendance accounting rules that districts must follow when reporting to TEA.
  • The TEA Correspondence Re: Attendance, Admission, Enrollment Records and Tuition, issued annually, summarizes several related statutes and associated TEA interpretation.
  • The TEA School Finance Average Daily Attendance (ADA) Reports Website provides a database of ADA reports searchable by district or by Education Service Center (ESC) region, created annually since the 2004-05 school year.
  • The TEA Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) Website addresses PEIMS reporting rules and provides links to statewide data and reports.
  • The TEA PEIMS Overview Website provides additional information on the uses of data collected through PEIMS reports.
  • TEA Office of Legal Services Attendance FAQ’s answers frequently asked questions about truancy, required attendance, kindergarten, pregnant students, immunizations, absences for educational purposes, determining a child’s school assignment, when a student may drop out, and related issues.
  • The TEA Home School Information Website provides information on the exemption from compulsory attendance requirements for home schooled students and the placement of home school students enrolling in school.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Truancy Reduction Demonstration Program provides prevention tools and other resources to assist districts in reducing student truancy.
  • The Texas Attorney General (AG) Texas Teen Page provides information for teenagers on a variety of topics, including truancy.
  • The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Website provides a searchable database of resources on the prevention of youth problems, such as truancy.

Foster Care

Related Policies

For more information on students in foster care, see district policy and regulations at the following code:

FD Admissions

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Foster Care Student Success Website contains numerous Agency resources, including a detailed Resource Guide for foster care liaisons and other school officials.
  • The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Child Protective Services (CPS), offers guidance on education stability for students in the care of the State of Texas.
  • The Supreme Court of Texas’ Children’s Commission has gathered resources on foster care and education and produced the Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster Care.