Magnet Application Process to Include Online Option

HISD parents and students wanting to attend one of HISD’s 115 magnet schools will now have the opportunity to apply online. While paper applications will still be accepted, HISD is holding a series of workshops and meetings over the next several months to familiarize parents with the new online option and outline the many school choices that HISD offers, including magnet programs, specialty schools such as career academies, early college high schools, and charter schools.

“By making our magnet application, lottery, and parent-notification systems available online, we are not only streamlining the process and making it easier and less time-consuming for parents, but we are ensuring equity in access for all of our families, regardless of income, language, or part of town they live in,” said Assistant Superintendent of School Choice Dave Wheat.

As part of the new online process, students can apply to a total of 10 magnet programs, including vanguard magnet programs. A maximum of five vanguard programs may be selected as choices.

Magnet applications for the 2014–2015 school year will be accepted beginning November 4, 2013, and must be submitted no later than December 20, 2013, in order to be guaranteed consideration in the first round.