How to Apply (Students/Families)

  • The application window is now closed to be eligible for the annual Transformation School student lottery selection process. At this stage, the district will only add students to the waitlist for the following schools: Mata Montessori, Solar Prep, Hulcy STEAM, and CityLab.


    Transformation School Application Process Overview   
    • The application window for Transformation Schools was from November 28, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Both paper and online applications were available.
    • If you face any issues completing an online application, please call (972) 925 - 3306. Instead of an online application, families may choose to complete a paper application at the following locations:
      • Dallas ISD Admin Building: 3700 Ross Ave., Room 102A

      • Solar Preparatory School for Girls: 2617 N. Henderson Ave.

      • Mata Elementary School: 7420 La Vista Dr.

      • D.A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School: 9339 S. Polk St. 

      • IDEA High School: 4800 Ross Ave.
    • Current Dallas ISD students/residents: Current students do not have to submit additional paperwork. Addresses will be verified through current school information. If the address on the application does not match the address at the school, the application will not be entered into the lottery until the address has been updated. Parents/guardians need to check that the correct address is on file

    • Non-Dallas ISD students/residents: Proof of Residency needs to be submitted prior to the student application being considered complete. Parents/guardians need to provide ONE of the following to the Office of Transformation & Innovation: utility bill (gas, water, or electric) OR mortgage or lease agreement in parent/guardian’s name OR Affidavit for Proof of Residency (if residing in another person’s residence)

    • Proof of residency forms may be submitted in the following ways:

      • Dropped off to the Office of Transformation and Innovation

      • Picture or scan copy emailed to

      • Picture texted to (214) 862 - 4332
      • Seats in other grades may be available. To be added to the waitlist for these seats, contact the Office of Transformation and Innovation for more information at (972) 925 - 3306 or at

    Magnet School Process Application Process 

    Magnet Schools are theme-oriented courses of study that provide PK - 12 students with in-depth experiences in particular areas of interest. Unlike Transformation and Innovation Schools, Magnet Schools consider academic entry requirements as part of the student selection process. For information concerning the Magnet School application process, included required documentation, application timeline, specific program requirements and application forms, please visit the Dallas ISD Magnet School website.


    Innovation School Enrollment Process

    Innovation Schools will remain as Neighborhood Schools, only with a different academic model. Students zoned to an Innovation School do not need to do anything different from the standard Dallas ISD enrollment process. All students living within the attendance boundary for their Innovation School will always have a seat at that school at any point in the year. They will not need to submit an application. Non-zoned students may contact the school regarding enrollment.