W.W. Pinkerton Elementary is Coppell ISD's first choice elementary school. All elementary students across the Coppell Independent School District are welcome to apply to attend this school of inquiry-based learning.
|Pinkerton families that are zoned for Pinkerton for the 2014-15 school year do NOT need to apply to Pinkerton nor attend any of the parent information meetings. To verify your attendance zone for next school year, click here. |
The Pinkerton Lottery list is posted at the CISD Administration Building (200 S. Denton Tap Rd.). Confirmation letters will be sent this week by email and mail.
The lottery is listed by ticket number (not names)
1. A parent/guardian must attend one of the three parent information sessions:
- March 27 @ 6:30 p.m. (Pinkerton Cafeteria)
- March 31@ Noon (Pinkerton Library)
- March 31 @ 6:30 p.m. (Pinkerton Cafeteria)
2. Applications will be accepted starting April 1 and must be returned no later than April 7 at 4:00 p.m. to Pinkerton Elementary's front office.
3. A blind lottery process will take place on April 9 starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Vonita White Administration Bldg. Board Room (200 S. Denton Tap Road, Coppell, TX 75019)
4. After the lottery process, commitment letters will be mailed home to families selected in the lottery
5. Parents/guardians must sign the commitment letter and return to Pinkerton Elementary's front office no later than Friday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
CISD will continue to add questions and answers to this section.
Who is eligible to apply to Pinkerton Elementary?
All elementary students (Kindergarten through fifth grade) who currently reside in the Coppell ISD boundaries.
Do I need to apply if I have a current fourth grader at Pinkerton, but he/she has been rezoned to Lee Elementary for 2014-15?
No. All current fourth graders across the district that have been rezoned to a new school will have the option to remain at their current campus. Information about this will be sent out to parents of fifth graders impacted. Siblings of current fourth graders who decide to stay at Pinkerton will still need to apply.
I just registered my kindergartener at another campus, can I still apply to Pinkerton?
Yes. If selected in the lottery, you will obtain your registration records and transfer them to Pinkerton.
I am currently in the Open Enrollment program, can I apply to Pinkerton? No. Open enrollment students are not eligible to apply to Pinkerton.
Do I need to submit a separate application for each child?
Yes, an application for each child must be submitted. (Note, only one lottery card per family will go into the hopper)
Will I need to re-apply each year?
No. Once you are accepted you do not need to re-apply.
If I have multiple children in Elementary school, do all my children have to apply? No. As long as you can provide transportation, you can choose to have one or some of your children at their home campus and the other(s) apply to Pinkerton.
How many available seats will be open for the lottery? There will be approximately 175 open slots.
How many seats will be left open for new enrollment children who live within the Pinkerton attendance boundary?
A minimum of four spots at each grade level.
Will transportation be provided?
No. Parents who do NOT live within the Pinkerton boundaries will need to provide their own transportation for their children who apply to attend Pinkerton.
Will pay-to-ride bus transportation be available?
No. The pay-to-ride service will not be available to families who apply to Pinkerton from another campus.
If I miss one of the three parent meetings can I still apply to Pinkerton?
The parent meeting will provide very important information about the learning at Pinkerton and the commitment and application process. A parent/guardian is required to attend one of these meetings in order to apply.
Can I rescind my commitment after I sign the commitment letter?
In order to plan for staffing at each campus, the deadline to rescind your commitment is June 30, 2014.
How long do I need to commit to attend Pinkerton?
We anticipate that once you start attending Pinkerton, you will want to remain there until fifth grade. However, the commitment letter only asks for a one-year commitment.
If my situation changes and I no longer want my child at Pinkerton, can he/she transfer mid-year?
Any mid-year transfer requests will require approval from the transfer committee.
Lottery & Wait List
Do Parents need to attend the lottery drawing on April 9 to be eligible for selection? No. Parents do not need to attend the lottery. After names are drawn, CISD will email and mail a letter home notifying parents of their acceptance or if they have been put on a wait list.
How will the lottery work?
After the applications are submitted, the children's names will be compiled and put into a blind lottery. On April 9 starting at 8:00 a.m., names will be selected randomly from a hopper until all seats are filled. Children not selected in the lottery will be put on a waiting list.
If one child is selected through the lottery process, are the siblings automatically selected? Yes.
Will there be a wait list?
Yes. Applicants not selected in the lottery will be put on the waiting list. We will review the number of seats available and look to the wait list after the April 18th commitment letters have been returned. If a family has more than one child that is on the wait list then we will consider the space availability in the multiple grade levels on a case by case basis.
Can I be put on the waiting list after the application process closes?
Yes, but a parent must have attended one of the parent informational meetings to be put on the wait list.
Will Pinkerton accept mid-year transfers if they are on the wait list?
Yes. If a spot is available students on the wait list may transfer to Pinkerton.
What middle school will my child attend?
They can choose to follow the Pinkerton middle school pattern, which is Coppell Middle School West. Parents will still need to provide transportation to West (if West is not your zoned middle school). If they prefer, students may also choose to attend their zoned middle school.
My child is currently in a special program, can he/she apply to Pinkerton?
Not all special programs or services will be available at Pinkerton. Below is a sample list of some of the services offered at Pinkerton.
- Special Education Services/Support
- RtI/504 Accommodations in the Classroom
- Personal Academic Growth Program
- Multisensory Language Instruction for Dyslexia Service
- English as a Second Language/English Language Learner
- Gifted and Talented
For additional information about special programs at Pinkerton, please contact Kristi Mikkelsen, Principal or Angie Hux, Assistant Principal at 214-496-6800.
My child is currently receiving special education services, can he/she apply to Pinkerton?
Yes, your child may apply to Pinkerton. If selected in the lottery, the ARD committee must approve the new placement to ensure proper services are available.
Is Pinkerton an International Baccalaureate school?
Pinkerton Elementary is in the process of submitting an application to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP). For more information about the Primary Years Programme, visit http://www.ibo.org/pyp/
to learn more about Pinkerton's Guiding Purpose and what makes Pinkerton unique.
Will IB require any additional testing at the elementary level? No. Pinkerton learners will take the same tests as other elementary learners in the district. When Pinkerton becomes an IB school, 5th grade IB learners will have an exhibition culminating project where they present their learning from their elementary experience.
How do Pinkerton's standardized testing scores compare to other CISD elementary schools? Pinkerton's test scores are inline with all the other elementary schools in CISD.
Do learners at any grade level have different teachers for each subject area? At Pinkerton all the subjects are integrated together and learners are in self-contained classrooms. This means, the classroom teacher teaches all subject areas.
Does Pinkerton teach the same curriculum as the other CISD schools? Yes. All CISD campuses teach the state's curriculum the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Is tuition required to attend Pinkerton?