First School Choice Open House helps parents fine tune their campus selections

HISD hosted the first of four School Choice Open Houses on Oct. 3, 2015, and hundreds of families came out to Jordan High School on Saturday to explore their options.

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“My main interest is the gifted and talented (G/T) program,” said parent Linda Le, who has two daughters. “These sessions are helpful, because you can look at all the different schools and talk to someone right away to get as much information as you need.”

“As a teacher myself, I’m able to see the different schools and what they offer, ask questions, and then decide what’s best and look at locations,” added Dominique Broomfield, a teacher at Eliot Elementary School with three children.

Many attendees had children who would be transitioning to middle or high school next fall.

“We are excited about the various options available to our son, Noah, for sixth grade,” said Janel Myers, a teacher at Ketelsen Elementary School, who attended the event with her husband. “He has been identified at G/T, so we’re looking at Vanguard programs. I love Mickey Leland, so that’s my first choice. T.H. Rogers is second, but for my third choice, I’m not sure.”

“I want to be an ob/gyn,” said eighth-grader Victoria Garza, who attended the event herself. “Ever since I was little, I would draw pictures of pregnant ladies. I am leaning toward Chávez, but I like this event. I can see the different options at my own pace and think about what I would really like to do.”

If you missed the first open house, don’t panic – there are three more scheduled before the first-round magnet application deadline on Dec. 18. The next open house will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Sharpstown High School. For a complete schedule, see this related article.