More than 50,000 applicants were notified Friday of the status of their magnet and vanguard school applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The Office of School Choice offered a hotline to answer questions from 5-7 p.m. and will continue to take calls 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or to respond via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s a chance, though, that your question is the same as others we’ve been receiving. Here’s a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions:
Have all notifications gone out?
At this time, all notifications have been sent to those who applied by the deadline of Dec. 20, 2013. If you applied by the deadline and have not received any notifications, contact the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or via email at email@example.com.
My child was deemed “not qualified.” What does this mean?
Each school has its own set of qualifications, and in the letter/email that you received, there is a section detailing what the qualifications are for the school to which you applied. If that portion of the letter is missing, contact the magnet coordinator from the school for which you applied. You may meet with the school’s magnet coordinator to discuss why your child did not meet the requirements to be considered for the program.
I do not understand what the status on my dashboard means. Whom should I contact?
For the status of your application, refer to the notification that was either emailed to you or sent via the U.S. Postal Service, if you applied by submitting a paper application. If you have not received a notification via email or U.S. Postal Service detailing the status of your application, please contact the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My child was placed on a waitlist. If I accept at another school, will I jeopardize my child’s position on the waitlist? Will I be notified when he/she moves up on the list?
Yes. If you were placed on a waitlist, you may accept another school without a negative impact on the waitlist order on other schools. You will receive a notification each time your status changes on each school’s waitlist. For example, if you are on the waitlist for three schools, you will receive three separate notifications each time your order changes on the waitlist. You may also log in to the HISD School Choice Parent Dashboard at (Houstonisdschoolchoiceapplication.com) to check the status of the waitlist.
My child’s placement on the waitlist is different in our email notification than the one at the school to which he/she is waitlisted. Which one is correct?
If you are applying to an entry grade level (PK, K, 6, or 9) and received an email from HISD’s online application system giving you a number on the wait list, the number is incorrect. It is the wait list number that was generated BEFORE sibling preferences were applied. This means that if your child has a sibling attending the same school for which your other child has been waitlisted (and that was designated on your application), your number will be smaller (toward the top of the wait list). If your child has no sibling attending, your wait list number will be larger (further down the wait list). A correction has been made on the School Choice dashboard, and you will receive an automated message once the number displayed is corrected.
How can I access the Gifted/Talented matrix details for my application?
All vanguard matrices will be mailed by Postal Service or can be accessed by contacting the school’s magnet coordinator directly.
I believe there was an error processing my child’s application/notifications. Whom should I contact?
If you believe there was an error in processing your application, please contact the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.Monday-Friday or via email at email@example.com.
I am not satisfied with the results of my application. How can I file a complaint?
If you are not satisfied with the application process or the results, please contact the magnet coordinator at the school to which you applied.
My child did not get accepted into a magnet program of my choice. What are my options?
There are many magnet schools with open availability for the 2014-2015 school year, and we encourage you to apply for the second round of lottery. To see which programs have open spaces, follow this link.
Have more questions? View other frequently asked questions for more answers.