Guide to Public & Charter Schools in the Fort Worth Area

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Public and Charter Schools in Fort Worth

More than any other question, moms ask our Fort Worth team about education choices. The options can be overwhelming! To help get you started in the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a list of pubic and charter schools in the Fort Worth area.

But first, let’s define a couple things: Schools of Choice are select public schools in a district that offer college credit and/or innovative courses of study covering a variety of student interests and learning styles. Programs of Choice are similarly designed but exist within a traditional school.

If your district offers such opportunities, you’ll need to apply for admission. Make sure to check for the different requirements and deadlines, as they vary by school.

Charter schools are public schools that operate independently of the public school system. They are free to attend and funded by the government, but are generally more flexible than traditional public schools (and are more like the schools of choice mentioned above).

Click on your city for more information and links to schools in your district!

For even more resources to help you make the best school decisions for your family, check out our “Ultimate Education Round-Up” which includes our “Guide to Homeschool Co-Ops, Private Schools, & University Model Schools” and “Guide to Preschools & Parents’ Day Out.”

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Public & Charter Schools in Fort Worth Area

Aledo ISD includes all or part of the communities of Aledo, Annetta, Annetta North, Annetta South, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park. Read more about its career and technical education for high schoolers.

Note: At time of publishing, there are no charter schools in Aledo proper.

Arlington ISD (AISD) offers universal free pre-k for four year olds, meaning you don’t have to qualify to attend. It also offers free half-day pre-k for three year olds, only for those students who qualify. See more details on pre-k here.

In addition to traditional public schools, AISD has a handful of specialized programs and academies for children in k–12th. Here’s a great resource for the special programs offered. Be sure to check out the FAQs for any you are interested in — application deadlines vary and so do acceptance policies. Generally, the application period is late October through January.

Click the drop-down buttons below for AISD programs and charter schools near you!

Arlington ISD Specialized Programs
Arlington Charter Schools

Arlington Classics Academy | k – 8th

Brazos River Charter School | 9th – 12th

Great Hearts Arlington | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th)

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

International Leadership of Texas | k – 12th | multiple locations

Jean Massieu Academy | pre-k – 12th

Manara STEM Academy | pre-k – 8th

Newman International Academy | pre-k – 12th 

Premier High School | 9th – 12th 

Uplift Summit International Preparatory | pre-k – 12th

Burleson ISD offers pre-k to students who qualify based on at least one of the TEA criteria outlined here.

Along with traditional public schools, Burleson ISD has a variety of Schools of Choice and Programs of Choice. Find out more about Burleson schools and programs of choice here and see a list of options in the drop-down section below. These FAQs are extremely helpful, too!

Students will need to apply for acceptance, which is determined by lottery (and in some high school cases, an interview).

Note: At time of publishing, there are no charter schools in Burleson proper.

Burleson ISD Programs of Choice

Burleson High School | 9th – 12th | career & technical education 

Centennial High School | 9th – 12th | career & technical education 

Crossroads High School | 9th – 12th | alternative school

Another option for kids entering 9th grade is Burleson Collegiate High School, which offers students the opportunity to earn their Associate of Liberal Arts degree from Hill College (up to 60 college credit hours) while earning their high school diploma, at no cost to you.

Burleson ISD Schools of Choice

Academy of Leadership and Technology at Mound | pre-k – 5th

Academy at Nola Dunn | k – 5th

Burleson Collegiate High School | 9th – 12th

Game Development Design School | 6th – 8th; 9th – 12th (the high school program is currently accepting applications for grade 9 only)

Norwood Environmental Science Academy | pre-k – 5th

STEAM Academy at Stribling | k – 5th

STEAM Middle School | 6th – 8th

The Academy of the Arts at Bransom | k – 5th

Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) serves Fort Worth, Benbrook, Westover Hills, and Westworth Village. It also covers parts of Forest Hill and Haltom City and the unincorporated parts of Tarrant County.

FWISD offers universal free pre-k, meaning you don’t have to qualify to get a spot! More pre-k details here.

You can also consider specialized FWISD schools of choice and programs of choice for your children. These require applications, and admission is determined by computer-generated lottery. Students will be given weighted ranking according to factors like living within the school’s attendance zone, if siblings are already enrolled, district employee children, etc. 

Click the drop-down lists below for FWISD schools of choice, programs of choice, and charter schools near you!

The application period opens November 4, 2022 and ends January 6, 2023.

You’ll find tons of info on the FWISD site including FAQs and the 2023 – 2024 Programs and Schools of Choice catalog. And you can always see if other moms have personal experience in your FWM Community Group.

Fort Worth ISD Programs of Choice

Amon Carter-Riverside | 9th – 12th | P-TECH collegiate academy for IT/cloud technologies and networking

Arlington Heights | 9th – 12th | agriculture, fine arts, AP Capstone academy (collegiate)

Benbrook Middle-High | 9th – 12th | AP Capstone academy (collegiate)

Diamond Hill-Jarvis | 9th – 12th | P-TECH for architecture, construction management, supply chain/logistics; veterinary medical assistant, welding

Dunbar | 9th – 12th | automotive, aviation, collegiate academy, cosmetology, P-TECH for manufacturing

Eastern Hills | 9th – 12th | P-TECH for IT/cybersecurity

North Side | 9th – 12th | automotive, cosmetology, culinary & hospitality, medical P-TECH, mariachi

O.D. Wyatt | 9th – 12th | automotive, construction, culinary, collegiate academy, medical P-TECH

Paschal | 9th – 12th | AP Capstone academy (collegiate), IT/computer science

Polytechnic | 9th – 12th | automotive, culinary, IT/computer support, P-TECH for education

South Hills | 9th – 12th | computer service & maintenance, culinary, video game design, welding, P-TECH for web applications programming

Southwest | 9th – 12th | broadcast journalism & media technology, music & sound design, welding

The Applied Learning Center at J.T. Stevens | k – 5th (program of choice within a traditional school)

Western Hills | 9th – 12th | applied learning program, computer support & services

Fort Worth Charter Schools

Chapel Hill Academy | pre-k – 8th

Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts | k – 5th

Great Hearts Lakeside | k – 7th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th)

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

High Point Academy | k – 12th | multiple locations

IDEA Public Schools | pre-k – 12th | multiple locations

International Leadership of Texas | k – 12th | multiple locations

Richard Milburn Academy | 9th – 12th

Texans Can Academy | 9th – 12th | multiple locations

Texas School of the Arts | k – 5th

Trinity Basin Preparatory | pre-k – 8th | multiple locations

Uplift Education | pre-k – 8th | multiple locations

Along with traditional schools, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD offers a variety of specialized programs for kindergarten through high school.

It also offers both free pre-k to qualifying students and a tuition-based pre-k for those who don’t qualify. More details here.

If you don’t live in the attendance zone, entry processes are available (i.e., application, transfer, etc.), but admission is not guaranteed. 

Note: At time of publishing, there are no charter schools in Grapevine or Colleyville.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Specialized Programs

Arts Integration | pre-k – 5th

ASPIRE Academy | 1st – 12th

AVID | 6th – 12th

Career & Technical Education | 6th – 12th

Collegiate Academy | 9th – 12th

Dual Language | k – 5th; 6th – 8th

Experience Design | pre-k – 5th

iUniversity Prep | 5th – 12th | virtual

Leader in Me | pre-k – 5th

No Excuses University | pre-k – 5th

STEM | k – 12th

Learn more about applying to any of the learning opportunities here

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD is comprised of both traditional and specialized public schools and programs. They offer free pre-k to students who qualify and a tuition-based pre-k to those who don’t. More pre-k details here.

Find out more info on HEB Schools of Choice here and in the drop-down list below. The application period is typically in January/February for admission the following August.

HEB ISD School of Choice Programs

Elementary World Languages & International Business Initiative (IBI) | 1st – 6th; 9th – 12th

International Baccalaureate (IB) | 9th – 12th

Spanish Immersion & Advanced Spanish | 1st – 6th; 7th – 12th

STEM | 7th – 12th | computer science, cybersecurity/networking, or engineering/robotics

Suzuki Strings & Secondary Orchestra | k – 6th; 7th – 12th

Visual & Performing Arts: Theatre | 7th – 12th

HEB Charter Schools

Chapel Hill Academy | pre-k – 8th | Hurst

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

Harmony School of Innovation | k – 5th | Euless

Harmony Science Academy | 6th – 12th | Euless

Treetops School International | k – 12th | Euless

Keller ISD serves Keller and portions of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, and Westlake.

It offers free pre-k to students who meet at least one of the qualifying criteria and a tuition-based pre-k for those who don’t qualify. See details on both here.

Parents and teens looking for more specialized learning opportunities might consider the Keller Center for Advanced Learning or the Keller Collegiate Academy (both high schools).

Keller Charter Schools

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

Great Hearts Prairie View | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th)

Note: Westlake Academy (k – 12th) is in nearby Westlake and accepts students who live within the “secondary boundary.”

Mansfield ISD (MISD) serves Mansfield and sections of Arlington, Grand Prairie, Burleson, Fort Worth, Venus, Alvarado, and Kennedale.

They offer free pre-k to qualifying students and tuition-based pre-k for those who don’t qualify. See more details here.

MISD also has Power of Choice programs that give you the opportunity to choose a different educational pathway, even one located outside of your designated attendance zone. All of the specialized programs in the drop-down list below have an application process, so be sure to check for details and deadlines.

Mansfield ISD Power of Choice Programs

STEM Academies

Alma Martinez STEM Academy | 5th – 6th

Brenda Norwood STEM Academy | 3rd – 4th

Charlene McKinzey STEM Academy | 7th – 8th

Frontier STEM Academy | 9th – 12th

Jerry Knight STEM Academy | 6th – 8th

Fine Arts Academies

Cross Timers Fine Arts Academy | 5th – 6th

Davis Fine Arts Academy | 3rd – 4th

Martinez Fine Arts Academy | 5th – 6th

Norwood Fine Arts Academy | 3rd – 4th

Leadership and STEAM Academies

Donna Shepard Leadership Academy | 5th – 6th

Elizabeth Smith Innovative Learning Academy | pre-k – 4th

Martha Reid Leadership Academy | pre-k – 4th

Tarver-Rendon School of Agricultural Leadership | pre-k – 4th

Roberta Tipps STEAM Academy | pre-k – 4th

Willie Brown Academy of Young Scholars | k – 4th

Louise Cabaniss Academy of Young Scholars | k – 4th

Additional Special Programs

Two-Way Dual Language | k – 4th

Early College High School | 9th – 12th

Mansfield Charter Schools

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

Newman International Academy | pre-k – 12th

North Richland Hills is part of Keller ISD, HEB ISD, and Birdville ISD (BISD). BISD also serves Richland Hills and parts of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, and Watauga.

Keller ISD offers free pre-k to qualifying students and a tuition-based option for those who don’t qualify. More details here.

HEB ISD also has both a free and tuition-based pre-k. More details here.

Birdville ISD offers free pre-k to qualifying students and a tuition-based pre-k program for three-year-olds (limited availability). More details here.

North Richland Hills Charter Schools

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

International Leadership of Texas | k – 8th

Idea Achieve | k – 10th | Haltom City

Winfree Academy | 9th – 12th

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD offers pre-k to children who meet at least one of the criteria outlined here.

High schoolers may be interested in more specialized education available at the Hollenstien Career & Technology Center.

Saginaw Charter Schools

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

International Leadership of Texas | k – 8th | Saginaw

International Leadership of Texas Keller-Saginaw | 9th – 12th | Fort Worth (technically)

Carroll ISD is the largest school district serving Southlake. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Keller ISD, and Northwest ISD serve portions of Southlake, too.

Carroll ISD offers pre-k to students meeting at least one of the criteria outlined here.

Keller ISD offers free pre-k to students who meet at least one of the qualifying criteria. FYI, it also offers a tuition-based pre-k for those who don’t qualify. Read up on both here.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD offers free pre-k to qualifying students and a tuition-based pre-k for those who don’t qualify. More details here.

Northwest ISD also offers both state-funded and tuition-based pre-k. It uses a lottery for tuition-based pre-k acceptance. More details here.

Note: At time of publishing, there are no charter schools in Southlake proper. Westlake Academy (k – 12th) is in nearby Westlake and accepts students who live within the “secondary boundary.”

Weatherford ISD (WISD) offers pre-k for children who meet at least one of the qualifying criteria set forth by the TEA. Find out more here.

High schoolers might consider applying to Grizzard Regional Institute of Technology, a new WISD learning opportunity in partnership with Weatherford College.

Weatherford Charter Schools

Crosstimbers Academy | 9th – 12th

Great Hearts Online | k – 8th (expanding each year to reach k – 12th) | virtual

2 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t understand what “virtual” means. I thought Great Hearts in south Fort Worth was a regular school? We are moving to FW for the 2023 school year and just applied to Great Hearts. But I do not want a virtual school for my children. Can anyone clarify?

    • Great Hearts Online is a virtual school, but you are correct, Great Hearts has brick and mortar schools in the area too. Great Hearts Lakeside is probably the one you applied to — it’s not virtual!

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