Application Process

Students applying for admission to the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School must demonstrate:

  • A record of advanced academic success
  • A record of excellent attendance
  • A record of good conduct and work habits

Students will be required to complete an Application, an Academic & Behavior Questionnaire and submit prior school records. Additionally, all students will be required to take an Entrance Assessment. Due to the specific curriculum being followed at Morriss Elementary School, no curriculum or behavior modifications will be made. Students requiring specific accommodations will be reviewed individually and may be referred to their home attendance zone for appropriate services.

Skills included on the locally developed Entrance Assessment are within the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Mathematics skills will be assessed at a grade level above the tested grade to correspond with the acceleration in the Morriss Elementary School classroom. The TEKS and practice STAAR tests can be found on this Texas Education Agency link:

For grades K, 1 & 2, the questions are based on the TEKS. Assessment questions for grades 3-5 are similar to the STAAR tests. Remember to follow basic testing strategy of ensuring your student is rested prior to testing.

If you are unable to access the link, we will provide a copy of the information requested.

Parents/Guardians will be notified of Entrance Assessment results and placement status on:

  • April 1 for all Kindergarten applicants
  • June 30 for all Grade 1 - 5 applicants

The highest ranking students will be offered enrollment by the above dates. As additional openings develop during the summer, we will continue to enroll in rank order. Openings that develop during the first grading period of each year will be filled. After the first grading period, no new students will be admitted for the reminder of the school year.

An application period will be designated each year for each grade level. During the official application period, applications will be available by accessing a live link on our TISD home and Morriss Elementary School web pages.

Applications will also be available from:
Office of Quality Assurance & MIS
Rosalind Mayfield, Administrative Secretary
4241 Summerhill Road
Texarkana, Texas 75503
Phone: 903.794.3651 ext. 1030
Fax: 903.792.2632

For notification purposes, it will be the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to maintain address and contact information on file with our office. TISD will not be responsible for deadlines missed due to inaccurate contact information.


The application period for Kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year will be open November 1 - December 20, 2019.

The selection process for Kindergarten students will be based on a scoring rubric score that awards points based on performance on the required Entrance Assessment, sibling status and TISD District residency. Additional rubric scoring points will also be given to children of staff currently employed full time at Morriss Elementary. Applicants with the highest composite score will be selected for admittance.

Assessments will be given in February at Morriss Elementary. The tentative dates for entrance testing will be February 22 and February 29, 2020 (Saturdays). Students must test on one of the designated dates to be eligible for selection. Appointments for testing will be made in January.

The readiness tests are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten and First Grade as well as the Pre-K Guidelines. These can be found on the Texas Education Association website at by selecting the A-Z index and either TEKS by Grade or Pre-Kindergarten/Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.

Applicants who have a sibling at Morriss Elementary currently enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 4 in 2019-20 will be eligible for additional rubric scoring points.

Applicants who are TISD residents as documented by a matching address on the two requested documents will receive additional rubric scoring points. The selection committee will review applicants claiming resident status but unable to provide the requested documents.



The application period for Grades 1-5 for 2019-20 has closed. It will be open in May 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.