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New Student Enrollment

new student enrollment form  Forma de registro para estudiantes nuevos

Enrollment Documents Required for New Students

To enroll a child in school, it is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to complete enrollment using the online registration system and to provide the following documents to the school:

  1. Student identification to verify student's identity (one of the following):
    • Birth Certificate
    • Hospital Birth Record
    • Passport
    • School ID card, records, or report card from school most recently attended.
    • Military ID
    • Adoption Records
    • Church Baptismal Record
    • Any other legal document that establishes identity
  2. Proof of Residency (verified by District personnel)—recent utility bill (electric, gas, or water) from last 30 days showing the residential service address; rental lease agreement; recent rent receipts; or home purchase contract. 
  3. Child's current immunizations records signed by a doctor.
    • In the case of a student entering the District from another state or country outside the United States, proof of immunization will be required at the time of admittance.
    • For more information about required immunizations, see or call Health Services at 361.788.9331 or click to view immunization requirements.
  4. Social Security Card (optional)
    • If the student does not have a Social Security number, VISD will assign a state-approved alternative student identification number.
  5. Parent/Guardian's Photo Identification (valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card)
  6. School records from the school most recently attended by the child (if available)
  7. Any court order in existence that pertains to the child (as applicable).
  8. Proof of eligibility (only for state-funded pre-k students)
  9. Power of Attorney—only required if student lives with someone other than his/her parent/legal guardian
  10. Determination of Residency—only required if parent and student live with someone else at their residence.

Although enrollment shall not be denied solely on the basis of failure to provide these records, the District shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency before the 31st day after the person fails to comply. 

NOTE:  Furnishing false information is a criminal offense under Penal Code 37.10.    

Enrolling at the Appropriate Campus

Although there are some exceptions, a student is required to attend the school appropriate for the student's grade level and within the attendance zone in which the student's parent/guardian resides (see "Attendance Zones"). Proof of residency will be requested and reviewed to determine whether a student is eligible for admission at that school and if not, then the parent will be instructed as to which school the child must enroll at. Reference FDB-R.

The exceptions are as follows:

  • District approved transfers: as outlined in the section entitled "Student Transfers"
  • Homeless Students (more information found at "KIDZconnection") TEC 25.001 (b)(5): Students qualifying as homeless may attend their school of origin or their neighborhood school in accordance with FDC(LEGAL). Students who meet the ESSA definition of "homeless" (McKinney-Vento Act 42 U.S.C. 11435(2)) have the right to enroll in school immediately, even if they do not have required documents, such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other documents. The school shall immediately contact the last school attended to obtain relevant academic and other records. If the child needs to obtain immunization, or immunization or medical records, the enrolling school shall immediately refer the child's parent or guardian to the District's homeless liaison for assistance. If a family must relocate, parents/guardians of students in homeless situations can keep their child enrolled in the school of origin OR enroll at the neighborhood school assigned to that school attendance area. Students can stay in their school of origin the entire time they are homeless and until the end of any academic year in which they move to permanent housing. For more information, please contact your school's parent liaison or call the District Homeless Liaison at 361.788.9909.

Students Enrolled in Violation of Board Policy

A student who enrolls in a school other than the one that serves the student's attendance zone without an approved transfer OR falsely as a homeless student shall be subject to immediate return to the designated neighborhood campus.

Pre-Kindergarten: State-Funded Enrollment (Four-Year-Old Students)

15 of our 17 elementary VISD schools offer pre-kindergarten for eligible four-year-olds. To be enrolled in a state-funded pre-kindergarten program, a child must provide satisfactory evidence of required immunizations AND be four years old by September 1st of the year for which he/she would be eligible to attend pre-kindergarten as well as meet one of the following five criteria:

  • Limited English Proficient; as determined by campus-based testing or
  • Homeless as defined by 42 U.S.C. 11435(2) or
  • Eligible to participate in the National Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program, or
  • A child of an "Active" member of the armed forces of the United States. This includes members who are on active duty, activated/mobilized, missing in action, injured or killed while serving on active duty. Eligible four-year-olds under this category have priority for enrollment, or
  • A child who has been in the conservatorship (foster care) of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) following an adversary hearing, or
  • A child of a Star of Texas Award recipient.

Parents/guardians of pre-kindergarten eligible students should register online for the school in his/her attendance zone (see "Attendance Zones") prior to the start of the upcoming school year during which the child will begin pre-kindergarten. Parent/guardian will be required to present necessary additional enrollment information at that time. For additional information regarding Pre-K, call the Early Childhood Department at 361.788.9294.

Pre-Kindergarten: Tuition-Based Enrollment (Four-Year-Old Students)

Children who are four years old on or before September 1st of the year for which he/she would be eligible to attend pre-kindergarten are current on required immunizations and do not qualify for either the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) or the State-Funded pre-kindergarten program provided for qualifying students, are eligible to enroll in the Tuition-Based pre-kindergarten program.  Parents/guardians of pre-kindergarten children approved to participate in the Tuition-Based program should register online prior to the start of the upcoming school year during which the child will begin pre-kindergarten. For additional information regarding Pre-K, call the Early Childhood Department at 361-788-9294.

 

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Kindergarten Student Enrollment

Although state law does not require students to attend kindergarten, it is excellent preparation for first grade, and we encourage parents to enroll their children. To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old by September 1st of the school year for which he/she would be eligible to attend kindergarten and be current on required immunizations.

Parents/guardians of kindergarten eligible students should register online for the school assigned to his/her attendance zone (see "Attendance Zones") prior to the start of the upcoming school year during which the child would begin kindergarten. Parent/guardian will be required to present necessary enrollment information at that time.

First Grade Student Enrollment

A child may be enrolled in the first grade if the child:

  • is at least six years old by September 1st of the current school year,
  • has been previously enrolled in the first grade, or
  • has completed kindergarten in the public schools in another state before transferring to public school in this state.

How Does Online Registration Work?

Parents/guardians should log on to the VISD website and locate the Online Registration link titled "New Student Enrollment."  Also, you are strongly encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) found on the Registration Page for more information.     

  1. Once there, you will need to create an online registration account.  Enter the information requested by each of the online forms.  
    Note: Required fields are marked with a red asterisk, and Victoria Independent School District will receive the data exactly as it is entered.  Please be careful of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  2. On the "Review" page, please check your data before submitting.
  3. Click "Submit".
    On the submission confirmation page you will have the opportunity to save or print out a copy of your registration to keep for your records. 

Note:  Once the form is electronically submitted, you will receive an e-mail confirmation but that does not mean your child’s registration is “complete.”  You must still submit all required documents to the school either by uploading them during online registration or by hand-delivering them to the school before registration is “COMPLETE.”

If you have trouble with the online process or do not have access to a computer, each campus will have computers available for parental use.  Please call the school during regular business hours to make an appointment should you need to access a school computer for registration.

Need Help?
Contact any of our schools to make an appointment for online registration assistance during regular business hours.