Enrollment and Attendance FAQs

Who is eligible to attend Texas Online Preparatory School (TOPS)?

How many of my children can I enroll in TOPS?

Because Texas Online Preparatory School provides all the lesson plans and materials needed for grades 3–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.

What does it cost to attend TOPS?

Since Texas Online Preparatory School is a public school program, there is no tuition. TOPS provides a state-certified teacher and all instructional materials for the program. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper). In addition, families are required to provide their own computers and internet access to participate in the program. In certain cases, based on financial need, TOPS may loan a computer to an enrolling family. This determination will take place during the enrollment process.

Is the Texas Online Preparatory School available to children without a permanent address?

The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. The act has been amended and is considered the McKinney-Vento Act currently. Under the Act, schools are prohibited from delaying a homeless child’s entry into school due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship must be waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Students in temporary housing or housing that is substandard or considered inadequate due to hardship, or who are not living with a parent or guardian would be considered McKinney-Vento students.

Texas Online Preparatory School can offer school supplies and a list of community services to qualifying homeless youth. Determinations of qualifying students are made on a case-by-case basis. Parents/students may review the Texas Online Preparatory School Admission of Homeless Children and Youth policy by calling the school office at 972.420.1404.

What is the attendance policy?

Texas Online Preparatory School works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of 180 instructional days.

Can our family take a vacation during the school year?

The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.