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- Frequently-Asked Questions - School District Boundaries
  1. How can I obtain school district boundary maps?
  2. What is the difference between school district boundaries and school attendance zones?
  3. How can I find out which school district and campus my child will attend?
  4. Can my child attend school in District A, even though we live in District B?
  5. My property sits on the boundary between District A and District B. Which school district does my child attend?
  6. Where else can I go to verify school district boundary information?
  7. The boundaries TEA shows for my school district are incorrect. How do I submit a change?
  8. My child has to take a bus 45 minutes to school every morning, even though there is a school (in a different school district) right across the street from my house. Who makes this decision? Is there anything I can do about it?
  9. Where did TEA get the school district boundary information?
  10. The school I am looking for is in the wrong location on the map or isn't there at all. What can I do?
  11. Can I find charter schools in the School District Locator?
  12. The district and school data listed to the left of the map is incorrect. Who updates this?


  1. How can I obtain school district boundary maps?
    • Maps showing general boundary information can be printed from the School District Locator. To obtain more detailed information about school district boundaries or to determine if a specific address lies within the boundaries of a school district, please contact the districts, county tax assessing authority, and/or county appraisal district.
    • You may also contact IS Customer Services for copies of the original paper maps and legal boundary descriptions submitted by school districts. There may be costs associated with reproduction and mailing of maps larger than 8.5 x 11 inches.

  2. What is the difference between school district boundaries and school attendance zones?
    • School district boundaries define the geographic limits of the legal entities known as school districts established under Chapter 11 of the Texas Education Code. School districts are required under Section 13.010 of the Texas Education Code to submit to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) information about their boundaries and any changes made to those boundaries.
    • School attendance zones are geographic areas within a school district established by the district to assign children to schools. TEA does not collect school attendance zone information. Please contact school districts for information regarding attendance zones.

  3. How can I find out which school district and campus my child will attend?
    • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) collects and reports information regarding school district boundaries. TEA makes available reproductions in printed and electronic formats. Because the accuracy of the original data and reproduction techniques varies, maps available through TEA must be considered approximations of actual school district boundaries. These approximations are adequate for general information purposes, but not for commercial transactions or legal purposes. For more detailed information about school district boundaries, please contact the districts, county tax assessing authority, and/or county appraisal district.
    • School districts assign children to schools on the basis of defined attendance zones or other assignment or transfer policies. Once you establish the school district in which your child resides, you can contact that district for information regarding the school your child will attend.

  4. Can my child attend school in District A, even though we live in District B?
    • Generally, a child must attend the school district in which he or she resides. School districts can enter into transfer agreements to accept each others' students. Transfer arrangements may also result from wealth-sharing arrangements under Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code. For more information, contact your school district or the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Division of State Funding at (512) 463-9238 or email sfinance@tea.state.tx.us.
    • In addition, Texas Education Code, Chapter 29, Subchapter G, provides for the Public Education Grant program. Under this provision, a child who attends a school that does not meet specific performance criteria may seek to attend another public school in the district or use a public education grant to attend a district other than the district in which the student resides. For more information, see http://www.tea.state.tx.us/taa/perfreport121509.html For funding related questions, contact the TEA Division of State Funding at (512) 463-9238 or email sfinance@tea.state.tx.us. For questions related to the PEG program and methodology used to identify schools, contact the TEA Division of Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704.
    • A parent may enter into a transfer agreement with “District A” pursuant to Section 25.036 of the Education Code.   The receiving school district may charge a tuition fee to the extent permitted by Section 25.038.

  5. My property sits on the boundary between District A and District B. Which school district does my child attend?
    • Generally, a child is eligible to attend the school district in which the child resides.  Residency is a fact question based on physical presence with an intention to remain.  If there is a dispute regarding a student’s residence, a grievance may be filed with the district by or on behalf of the student.  The school district board of trustees is the final fact-finder in the district.  If a house, apartment, or other residence is situated on a district boundary, the boards of either or both districts may determine, on the basis of all relevant facts, that the student is eligible to enroll in their district.  There is no commissioner’s decision, reported court opinion, or other legal precedent relating to a determination of student residency involving the location of a house or other residence on a district boundary.

  6. Where else can I go to verify school district boundary information?
    • In addition to the Texas Education Agency and the school districts, verification of school district boundary information may be obtained from county tax assessor-collectors' offices and appraisal districts.

  7. The boundaries TEA shows for my school district are incorrect. How are changes submitted?
    • If you discover an error in the boundary information reported by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), please inform your school district. District officials will inform TEA about the errors and provide evidence of corrected boundaries. TEA will verify the changes with other affected districts.
    • If you are a school district official with information about a boundary correction or change, please contact IS Customer Services. School districts are required under Section 13.010 of the Texas Education Code to submit to TEA information about their boundaries and any changes made to those boundaries.
  8. My child has to take a long bus ride to school every morning, even though there is a school (in a different school district) right across the street from my house. Who makes this decision? Is there anything I can do about it?
    • School district boundaries, in most cases, were drawn several decades ago. As a result, newer housing developments or subdivisions may be split among two or more school districts in ways that cause inconvenience to area residents. In such cases, residents may wish to seek a petition for detachment and annexation of territory from one district to another, as outlined in Section 13.051 of the Texas Education Code.

  9. Where did TEA get the school district boundary information?
    • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) collects maps and legal descriptions of school district boundaries from school districts under Section 13.010 of the Texas Education Code. Districts are required to submit any changes to TEA. This information forms the basis for the digitized school district boundary maps maintained by TEA.

  10. The school I am looking for is in the wrong location on the map or isn't there at all. What can I do?
    • Only Regular, Alternative and Charter schools are shown in the School District Locator. Budgeted, DAEP(Disciplinary) and JJAEP(Juvenile Justice) school locations are maintained by TEA, but are currently not displayed. For more information on specific schools of these types, go to AskTED.
    • School locations provided in mapping applications by TEA are approximate and are for general information purposes only. Although the locations are being continuously updated, there is a certain lag time between actual changes like a new school, and when the data is updated. If a discrepancy is noted, the user should then consult the school address listing among the school district data, or contact the school or school district for more information.
    • The last major update for schools was in July 2010. For geographic discrepancies, please Email Us so that we can update our data.

  11. Can I find charter schools in the School District Locator?
    • Charter schools are shown within the boundaries of Education Service Center regions and school district boundaries but charter school boundaries are not maintained in the online maps. Please contact the Division of Charter Schools for additional information related to charter school boundaries. 

  12. The district and school data listed to the left of the map is incorrect. Who updates this?
    • Information for each district is maintained by the district itself in the Texas Education Online Directory website.
    • The district's TED Administrator is the person responsible for maintaining this data. 

Contact TEA GIS Administrator with technical questions regarding this application.
Please contact the school district if there are administrative questions on school district boundaries.
To submit public information request, please visit our Public Information Request Resource Webpage for instructions.
This page last updated June 3, 2011


 
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