Pinkerton Elementary

    Pinkerton Elementary

    Children Come First

    Pick Pinkerton

    W.W. Pinkerton Elementary is Coppell ISD's first choice elementary school. All elementary students across the Coppell Independent School District are welcome to apply to attend this school of inquiry-based learning.

    Pinkerton families that are zoned for Pinkerton for the 2016-17 school year do NOT need to apply to Pinkerton nor attend any of the parent information meetings. To verify your attendance zone for next school year, click here.


    1. A parent/guardian must attend one of the parent information sessions:

    • Tuesday, February 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 24 @ 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
     Optional School Tours:
    • Monday, March 7 @ 9:00 a.m & Noon
    • Tuesday, March 8 @ 9:00 a.m. & Noon
    Please sign-up for a tour using this link 
    2. Application will be accepted starting February 23, 2016 and must be returned no later than Wednesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m. to Pinkerton Elementary's front office.
    3. A lottery process (utilizing an electronic lottery software program) will take place on March 21, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Vonita White Administration Building. This is open to the public. All families who applied to attend Pinkerton will receive an email notifying them of where they fall on the waiting list or if they were selected for an open spot in the lottery.
    4. After the lottery process, commitment letters will be emailed to families selected in the lottery.
    5. Parents/guardians must sign the commitment letter and return to Pinkerton Elementary's front office no later than Monday, April 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    CISD will continue to add questions and answers to this section. 


    Who is eligible to apply to Pinkerton Elementary?
    All elementary students (Kindergarten through fifth grade) who currently reside in the Coppell ISD boundaries.
    I am currently in the Open Enrollment program, can I apply to Pinkerton? No. Open enrollment students are not eligible to apply to Pinkerton.


    Do I need to submit a separate application for each child?
    Yes, an application for each child must be submitted.
    Will I need to re-apply each year? 
    No. Once you are accepted you do not need to re-apply.

    If I have multiple children in Elementary school, do all my children have to apply? No. As long as you can provide transportation, you can choose to have one or some of your children at their home campus and the other(s) apply to Pinkerton. 


    Seat Availability 

    How many seats will be left open for new enrollment children who live within the Pinkerton attendance boundary?
    The majority of openings will be in kindergarten; however, there will be a handful of seats available in grades 1-5. A minimum of 3 seats will be left open in each grade level for families that move into the Pinkerton zone.


    Will transportation be provided?
    No. Parents who do NOT live within the Pinkerton boundaries will need to provide their own transportation for their children who apply to attend Pinkerton.
    Will pay-to-ride bus transportation be available?
    No. The pay-to-ride service will not be available to families who apply to Pinkerton from another campus. 



    If I miss one of the parent meetings can I still apply to Pinkerton?
    The parent meeting will provide very important information about the learning at Pinkerton and the commitment and application process. A parent/guardian is required to attend one of these meetings in order to apply.
    Can I rescind my commitment after I sign the commitment letter?
    In order to plan for staffing at each campus, the deadline to rescind your commitment is June 27, 2016.
    How long do I need to commit to attend Pinkerton?
    We anticipate that once you start attending Pinkerton, you will want to remain there until fifth grade. However, the commitment letter only asks for a one-year commitment.
    If my situation changes and I no longer want my child at Pinkerton, can he/she transfer mid-year?
    Any mid-year transfer requests will require approval from the transfer committee.

    Lottery & Wait List

    Do Parents need to attend the lottery drawing to be eligible for selection? No. Parents do not need to attend the lottery. After names are drawn, CISD will email and mail a letter home notifying parents of their acceptance or if they have been put on a wait list.
    How will the lottery work?
    After the applications are submitted, the children's names will be compiled and put into a lottery software system. On March 21, 2016 names will be selected randomly until all seats are filled. Children not selected in the lottery will be put on a waiting list. 
    If one child is selected through the lottery process, are the siblings automatically selected? Yes, as long as it doesn't make a grade level go over the state ratios.
    Will there be a wait list?
    Yes. Applicants not selected in the lottery will be put on the waiting list. We will review the number of seats available and look to the wait list after the April 4th commitment letters have been returned. If a family has more than one child that is on the wait list then we will consider the space availability in the multiple grade levels on a case by case basis.
    Can I be put on the waiting list after the application process closes?
    Yes, but a parent must have attended one of the parent informational meetings to be put on the wait list.
    Will Pinkerton accept mid-year transfers if they are on the wait list?
    Yes. If a spot is available students on the wait list may transfer to Pinkerton.

    Middle School

    What middle school will my child attend?
    They can choose to follow the Pinkerton middle school pattern, which is Coppell Middle School West. Parents will still need to provide transportation to West (if West is not your zoned middle school). If they prefer, students may also choose to attend their zoned middle school.   

    Special Programs

    My child is currently in a special program, can he/she apply to Pinkerton?

    Not all special programs or services will be available at Pinkerton. Below is a sample list of some of the services offered at Pinkerton.

    • Special Education Services/Support
    • RtI/504 Accommodations in the Classroom
    • Personal Academic Growth Program
    • Multisensory Language Instruction for Dyslexia Service
    • English as a Second Language/English Language Learner
    • Gifted and Talented

    For additional information about special programs at Pinkerton, please contact Kristi Mikkelsen, Principal or Angie Hux, Assistant Principal at 214-496-6800.

    My child is currently receiving special education services, can he/she apply to Pinkerton?

    Yes, your child may apply to Pinkerton. If selected in the lottery, the ARD committee must approve the new placement to ensure proper services are available.


    Is Pinkerton an International Baccalaureate school?
    Pinkerton Elementary is an IB Primary Years Programme (IB-PYP) candidate school. For more information about the Primary Years Programme, visit  
    Click here to learn more about Pinkerton's Guiding Purpose and what makes Pinkerton unique. 

    Will IB require any additional testing at the elementary level? No. Pinkerton learners will take the same tests as other elementary learners in the district. When Pinkerton becomes an IB school,  5th grade IB learners will have an exhibition culminating project where they present their learning from their elementary experience. 

    How do Pinkerton's standardized testing scores compare to other CISD elementary schools? Pinkerton's test scores are inline with all the other elementary schools in CISD.

    Do learners at any grade level have different teachers for each subject area? At Pinkerton all the subjects are integrated together and learners are in self-contained classrooms. This means, the classroom teacher teaches all subject areas.

    Does Pinkerton teach the same curriculum as the other CISD schools? Yes. All CISD campuses teach the state's curriculum the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 



    Is tuition required to attend Pinkerton?


    Parent Meetings:

    Parents are required to attend one of the following meetings in order to apply to Pinkerton
    • Tuesday, February 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 24 @ 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

    School Tours: 

    • March 7 @ 9 a.m. & Noon
    • March 8 @ 9 a.m. & Noon
    Please sign-up for tour using this link 



    • Applications Open: February 23, 2016
    • Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.


    The blind lottery process will occur on March 21, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Vonita White Administration Building. This is open to the public. All participants will be notified by email of their selection or place on the waiting list.

    Commitment Letters:

    Commitment letters must be signed and returned to Pinkerton by April 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
    The last day to rescind your commitment is June 27, 2016