Applying for the Correct Grade
When you apply, please choose the correct grade level according to the following guidelines. If your student is currently enrolled in an accredited public or private school, grade placement at Great Hearts must be in line with the student’s record grade progression. For example, a 2nd grade student in 2014-15 must apply for 3rd grade in the 2015-16 school year. Exceptions may apply if your student’s grade placement committee recommends that he or she be retained a grade. After applying for the student’s appropriate grade following the guidelines above and receiving an offer, if you wish to request that the student be moved to a higher grade, you must submit a request in writing to the school office. The school will then schedule a meeting between the parents and the headmaster in which all appropriate information and evidence will be considered in determining proper grade placement.
Please note that Great Hearts does not typically place students more than two grades below the age-appropriate grade level based on the chart below. If you wish to apply for a grade more than two grades below the age-appropriate grade level, we request that you contact the Lead Office at 210-888-9475 prior to submitting an application.
If your student is homeschooled or attends a school without age-defined grade levels, initial grade placement at Great Hearts for purpose of admission is based on the student’s birthdate or appropriately documented grade placement from parent or official school records. For the above students, please carefully follow the birthdate date ranges below in order to apply for the correct grade:
For homeschooled students or students attending school without defined grade levels:
- Kindergarten: the child must be born on or before September 1, 2010
- 1st Grade: September 2, 2008 – September 1, 2009
- 2nd Grade: September 2, 2007 – September 1, 2008
- 3rd Grade: September 2, 2006 – September 1, 2007
- 4th Grade: September 2, 2005 – September 1, 2006
- 5th Grade: September 2, 2004 – September 1, 2005
- 6th Grade: September 2, 2003 – September 1, 2004
- 7th Grade: September 2, 2002 – September 1, 2003
- 8th Grade: September 2, 2001 – September 1, 2002
- 9th Grade: September 2, 2000 – September 1, 2001
- 10th Grade: September 2, 1999 – September 1, 2000
Likewise for homeschooled students, after applying for the student’s age-appropriate grade according to the guidelines above and receiving an offer, if you wish to request that the student be moved to a higher grade, you must submit a request in writing to the school office. The school will then schedule a meeting between the parents and the headmaster in which all appropriate information and evidence will be considered in determining proper grade placement.
Enrollment Contact Information
San Antonio – Vanessa Cowan – 210.888.9475
North Texas - Brinton Smith – 469.759.3030
For more information about our enrollment process, please read our Great Hearts Texas Enrollment Policies, last edited March 13, 2015. Note: policies are subject to change.
2015-16 school year Enrollment Timeline
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December 9, 2014 – January 2, 2015:
2015-16 school year Open Enrollment period for San Antonio Great Hearts schools.
December 9, 2014 – February 6, 2015:
2015-16 school year Open Enrollment period for North Texas Great Hearts schools.
February 12, 2015:
Lotteries will be conducted for applications received during the Open Enrollment Period for the 2015 – 2016 school year. The lottery for North Texas schools will take place at a location to be determined. Lottery results will be posted for applications received during Open Enrollment Period for the 2015 – 2016 school year. All applicants will receive Enrollment Status notification via email.
February 2015 (exact dates TBD):
Offers will be extended to applicants beginning 2-3 weeks after February 12.
March 2015 (exact dates TBD):
Registration Packets for accepted students are due to schools. Schools will provide specific instructions for submitting completed packets.
March 2015 (exact dates TBD):
Re-Enrollment process begins for current students.
Geographic Boundaries for Admission
According to Great Hearts Texas’ charter, we can only accept students living within the following ISDs:
Alamo Heights, Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Charlotte, Comal, Comfort, D’Hanis, Devine, East Central, Edgewood, Floresville, Fort Sam Houston, Harlandale, Hondo, Jourdanton, Judson, Kerrville, Knippa, La Vernia, Lackland, Lytle, Marion, Medina, Medina Valley, Natalia, New Braunfels, North East, Northside, Pearsall, Pleasanton, Poteet, Poth, Sabinal, San Antonio, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, Seguin, Somerset, South San Antonio, Southside, Southwest, Stockdale, Uvalde
Arlington, Carroll, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Cedar Hill, Coppell, Dallas, Desoto, Duncanville, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapeville-Colleyville, Highland Park, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, and Sunnyvale.
Chapter 25.001 of the Texas Education Code outlines certain conditions that permit students who do not reside within the aforementioned approved geographic boundaries to attend Great Hearts. Among these conditions, below are a two of the most common cases for students not residing within the approved boundaries:
- A student is eligible for admission if the parent/guardian of the applicant resides within the approved boundaries
- A student is eligible for admission if the grandparent of the applicant resides within the approved boundaries and provides a substantial amount of after-school care to the child as determined by the Board of Directors.
If your student does not live within the approved geographic boundaries and you believe you may qualify through of the other conditions listed in TEC 25.001, please contact the school office where you intend to apply.
As an open-enrollment, public charter school, Great Hearts does not discriminate in admissions based on gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic ability, athletic ability, or artistic ability or the district the child would otherwise attend.