Thousands of parents attend School Choice Fair to learn more about neighborhood schools, magnet programs

Thousands of parents attended the HISD School Choice Fair on Saturday to learn about the district’s 100-plus magnet school programs to help them decide which programs meet their child’s needs and interests.

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The magnet application for the 2015-2016 school year is now available. The application takes about five to 10 minutes to complete, and parents may apply online or via a paper application. The magnet application will be open until Dec. 19, which is the last day to apply and be considered in the first round of the magnet application process.

“The online application process gives HISD parents the ability to conveniently apply for up to 10 magnet programs in just a few clicks of a keyboard,” said Assistant Superintendent of School Choice Mark Shenker. “We have spent the last few years refining our application process to ensure HISD parents continue to have fair access to our programs and greater convenience in applying and reviewing the status of their applications.”

Be sure to check out this year’s school choice brochure for details on various magnet school programs, helpful suggestions on what to think about when considering various campuses, a list of questions to ask representatives of prospective schools, and a timeline of important dates in the magnet process. It is available in Spanish by clicking here.

For more information, please visit the School Choice website at or call 713-556-6947.

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