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Welcome to the 2018-19 school year in DeSoto ISD. We are excited about another fantastic year across the district and hope you are as well. Below, are details for parents and students for the start of the school including uniform changes, important dates, and school supply lists for students through grade 5. Older students will receive specifics regarding supplies after receiving their class schedules.

While all campus administrators are back to work Mon., July 30, many are attending training or tending to off-campus administration duties. Please leave a message or use e-mail if you have a question for the school.

The state's annual Sales Tax Holiday will be Aug. 10 through Aug. 12, 2018. The Sales Tax Holiday gives Texas shoppers a break from state and local sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. Shoppers can save up to $8.25 for every $100 they spend.

2018-19 School Calendar

2018-19 School supplies for grades Pre-K-5 

2018-19 Middle School Basic Supplies

Back to School Events

Student Registration

Aug. 6 - 17
Find more information here

Flying Start

Parents and students are invited to:

           -Pick up schedules

           -Take student ID pictures

           -Check Bus Routes or Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up Info

           -Update your contact info

           -Receive other BTS info

    Middle School: 

    Wed., Aug 15:

-Last Name A-F: 9 a.m. to noon

                -Last Name G-L: 2 to 5 p.m.


     Thurs., Aug. 16:

                -Last Name M-Q: 9 a.m. to noon

                -Last Name R-Z: 2 to 5 p.m.

*Please Note: 
                               McCowan MS parents and students will meet in the school ’s gymnasium.

                               East MS parents and students will meet in the school’s library.

                               West MS parents and students will meet in the school’s cafeteria.

    High School: 


      8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon., Aug. 13 - Grades 11th and 12th

      8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tues., Aug. 14 - Grades 9th and 10th

      *Make-up Day: 8 a.m. to Noon, Wed., Aug. 15 - All Grades

*Please Note:  
DHS parents and students will meet in the school’s auditorium.

Meet the Teacher

2 to 6 p.m., Fri., Aug. 17
 (ALL Campuses)

First day of school

Mon., Aug. 20 at your student's campus

*Please Note:
2018-2019 Start and Dismissal Times


-Early Childhood Academy Pre-K 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
-Elementary Schools K to 5 th grade 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
-Middle Schools th to 8 th grade 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
- High School th to 12 th grade 7:30 a.m. – 2:54 p.m.

In order to ensure your child’s safety before and after school, we ask that students be dropped off 
in the morning no earlier than allowed times:            

-Elementary Schools: 7:30 a.m.
-Middle Schools: 7:30 a.m.
-High School: 7:00 a.m.

Goals Nights 

Join DeSoto ISD for the 2018-19 Goals Nights at each campus! Parents can visit with their child(ren)’s teachers, learn their class schedules, hear campus and district goals from administrators, and learn more about campus curriculum, activities, and expectations.

       -Elementary School: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wed., Aug. 29
       -Middle School: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tues., Aug. 28

       -High School: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thurs. Aug. 30


General Registration Information

Aug. 6-17 (All Campuses)

Online Enrollment:

Parents should review the attendance zone maps (Middle Schools and Elementary Schools) to determine their assigned campus prior to registering via the district Website or at campuses. 

*Please Note: Registration is NOT complete until all documents are brought to school. These documents include:

  • Original copy of Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records
  • Social Security Card
  • Report Card/Transcripts (If available);
  • Proof of Residency (Current water, gas, or electricity bill
  • Driver's  License

New Student Registration (K-12 grades)

  • Registration for students new to DeSoto ISD (PreK-12 grades)
  • Aug. 6-17
  • 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at each campus

Kindergarten Registration -  A child must be age 5 on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten and age 6 to enter first grade. 

Pre-K Registration -  DeSoto ISD offers full-day Pre-K for eligible students at all schools. A child is eligible for Pre-K if the child is age 4 on or before Sept. 1 and:

  • ...the family qualifies for free or reduced meal program (please fill out Child Nutrition application at 200 W. Parkerville prior to registering at school); or
  • unable to speak or comprehend English; or
  • a homeless child; or
  • the child of an active-duty member of the armed forces or child of an injured or deceased member of the armed forces; or
  • ...has been or is in the conservatorship of the state.

Selective Enrollment Application


Students returning to DeSoto ISD must bring proof of residency at the beginning of each school year and have current immunizations on file at the school. Residency proof should be in the form of a current gas, electric or water bill. Immunization requirements are online for every grade. In particular, incoming seventh-grade students have new shots required. Click here for updated immunization information.

STUDENT DRESS CODE: New Update this year: All students are required to have clear backpacks. DeSoto ISD has a uniform dress policy for students in grades PreK-8 and guidelines for students in grades 9-12. Elementary and middle school students must wear white, forest green, gold, gray or black tops, spirit and college shirts. Bottoms must be khaki, black or DeSoto plaid. 

High school students must wear clothing that fits with no holes/tears. Pants, shorts, skirts can be any fabric, color, and print. Tops can be spirit shirts, college shirts or solid-colored, collared shirts. Campus administration will have final judgment on all dress compliance matters. 

Click here for more information about the Dress Code Policy

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INFORMATION  The DeSoto ISD makes nutritional breakfast and lunches available for all students. Menus are available at each school and online. Free- and reduced-meal programs are available for eligible students. A new application must be completed each year. Applications are online or in the Child Nutrition Office at 200 W. Parkerville Road. Click here for more information about Meal App NOW.

MEAL PRICES - 2018-19

  • Breakfast - Universal FREE Breakfast for ALL Students
  • Lunch - Elementary $2.55; Secondary $2.75

STUDENT ATHLETICS  Seventh- through twelfth-graders are eligible to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitive athletics. All students must have physicals, parental acknowledgment forms, and emergency information on file before the first practice. 

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES  Transportation is available for students living two or more miles from their home schools. For more information, contact your school.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT All DeSoto ISD students are expected to follow the guidelines of student behavior as outlined in the DeSoto ISD Student Code of Conduct. Click here for the complete Student Code of Conduct book.

INCLEMENT WEATHER / EMERGENCY ALERTS  In the event or inclement weather, DeSoto ISD officials will notify the media prior to 6 a.m. on the day in question. In addition, the district utilizes a parent alert system to call and/or e-mail all DeSoto ISD families.