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 Grades 1-5 in the 2020-21 school year will be open May 1 - May 31, 2020.

The selection process for Grades 1-5 students will be based on Academics, Attendance and Behavior. A rubric score will be determined based on the assessment taken online, as well as: current and prior year report card grades; current and prior year STAAR or standardized test scores; current and prior year attendance and tardy record; and current and prior year behavior record.

Additional ranking points will be given for TISD residency and full-time employees of Morriss Elementary School. Each student will be ranked based on the composite rubric score. A minimum testing and composite score will be required for admittance. In the event of a tied score, the final rank will give priority as follows:

1. Score on online assessment

2. Sibling of a Morriss Elementary School student enrolled for the 2020-21 school year

3. TISD resident.

All applicants must complete an online assessment. The parent will be sent an email with the assessment information. All requested documents must be provided by June 12, 2020 for student to be eligible for evaluation.

To assist with preparation for the assessment, we will email a list of skills to be assessed when the completed application is received.



The application period for Kindergarten for 2020-21 has closed. It will be open in November 2020 for the 2021-22 school year.