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Old 03-06-2010, 05:55 PM
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My wife and I just saw a house we absolutely love in a neighborhood we really like that happens to be in Barton Creek.

Looking at the TCAD data and the listing, it appears that even though it is far closer to Eanes schools (elementary I forget, but then west ridge middle and westlake high are the closest public schools) -- despite that it's zoned to feed into (elementary I forget again, but O'Henry and Austin High).

Is it possible to send kids from Barton Creek to Westlake schools? Or is it a dicey proposition? I hate the thought of having to either drive the kids across the river to a more distant school or have them on a big long bus ride.

I searched the forums and didn't see any answers to this question but it seems like it would be a common one?

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Old 03-06-2010, 06:04 PM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I think it is very dicey. Those schools are two different school systems not just two schools in the same system. Pretty much need to live in Eanes to go to Eanes.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:11 PM
Location: Downtown Austin
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Pretty much need to live in Eanes to go to Eanes.
You can apply for a transfer from out of district, but it's not guaranteed for renewal year to year, and the kid has to remain trouble-free in attendance, behavior and academics.

There is nothing wrong with the OHenry -> Austin High school track though. But many of your Barton Creek neighbors would have their kids in private schools anyway.

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Old 03-06-2010, 06:45 PM
Location: Central Texas
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We have transferred our children over the years, and things have changed, of course, but within county, we had no problem transferring from one district to another - though there was a price and, of course, there had to be room in the school we were transferring to or there was no dice.

However, once the child was in the new district, they weren't re-evaluated for attendance each year but were grandfathered in (one school ran out of room and stopped accepting transfers but since our daughter was in, she was in). Now, this was Williamson County (most recently - it was Travis County long enough ago not to count), and we were transferring not only from one district to another but from one town to another, and perhaps the rules are different in Travis.

However, rather than rely on what we have to say here, I'd highly recommend talking to the school districts in question. You'll be more likely to get accurate, current information that way.
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