• Waco ISD families, please review the information below to help you and your student(s) be prepared for the first day of school on August 14, 2024.


    New School Start Times

    Family Fest


    First, if you haven’t completed the registration process for your student — do so now! Find out how by clicking on this page . Please contact your child’s school for specific questions you may have. 



    Be sure to print the 2024-2025 District Instructional Calendar and take note of the year’s student holidays, early release days, bad weather, makeup days and reporting periods. And remember — attendance matters! Missing just two days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year. Start working on your plan now to make regular attendance the norm in your household.


    Bus Transportation

    No registration is required for students to ride the bus. Simply verify route information online here. 


    School Meals

    Waco ISD is on the Community Eligibility Provision with TDA (USDA).

    Student meals are free.

    Adult and non-student meal prices will be available by September 1, pending school board action.


    School Supply List

     Elementary School Supply List      Secondary School Supply List         

    Elementary School Supply List in Spanish          Secondary School Supply List in Spanish

    Please note that clear backpacks will be required for all grades and campuses.

    • Mesh material or colored, transparent backpacks are not allowed.
    • Small logos or monograms to identify a student’s clear backpack can be used (large, visual design obstructions are not allowed).
    • A small makeup type bag for personal items is allowed.
    • If you have a question about your particular child's campus procedures, contact campus administration. 


    Tax-Free Weekend

    Texas’ annual sales tax holiday is set for August 9-11. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) purchased during the weekend are tax-free. Find more information here.


    Family Fest and Events

    Waco ISD will host Family Fest at University High School this year on Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by for FREE school supplies and a clear backpack, while supplies last. This will also be an opportunity to speak with your student's campus administrators, get registered for school and complete immunizations and vaccinations.

    Be sure to follow your school’s social media for all the details about meet the teacher nights, new student information meetings, parent orientations and more! Also, check your inbox for emails from the campus principal with more information.

    2024 Family Fest Bus Schedule

    Meet the Teacher

    Elementary - August 8, 2024, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Secondary - August 12, 2024, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.