New HISD School Choice website to guide parents through the acceptance process
Awaiting the results of your magnet applications? You are not alone. Approximately 65,000 applications from close to 21,000 students have been received by HISD magnet schools since the submission period opened in November.
To better understand the ins and outs of magnet submissions and acceptances, HISD has created a new page on the School Choice website, called “magnet status,” which explains the meaning of each status category, as well as how and when to respond. This page can be reached using the www.houstonisd.org/magnetstatus URL or by clicking the dropdown menu under the “Applying to Magnet Programs” section on the School Choice website.
New this year is the fact that parents will receive a single notification from HISD that includes the results of each and every application. The notifications will be sent out by email starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015. (This process will take several hours, so please do not be alarmed if you don’t see an email right away.) In addition, letters will be mailed to the address of record on file for each student’s application and should arrive a few days later.
Parents and guardians who don’t want to wait for “snail mail” or email to arrive can check out the parent dashboard at www.hisdchoice.com. Students’ statuses will also be available there on Friday, March 27, any time after 4 p.m.
When responding to offers from magnet schools, please be aware of the following:
- You must respond to accept or decline an offered seat in a magnet program by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.
- You must visit your chosen school: It is not enough to accept an offer online; you must physically visit the school that accepted your child with a signed entrance agreement, proof of residence, and proof of age if you are applying to Pre-K or kindergarten.
- All magnet acceptances for the 2015–2016 school year are conditional upon your student completing the current school year and being promoted to the next grade.
- If your student is placed on a wait list and then offered a seat after April 7, you have three school days to accept the offer, and once you accept that seat, all other offered seats are automatically declined. However, if your student accepts an offered seat and then gets another offer after that, you may still accept the later offer.