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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”