Status of all students’ magnet applications to become available March 24

If you’re one of the parents who submitted one of the more than 60,000 magnet applications HISD received for the 2016–2017 school year, your wait is almost over.

Thursday, March 24, 2016, is the date on which parents who participated in Phase 1 of the application process (Oct. 1–Dec. 18, 2015) will be notified of the status of their submissions. Parents who created online accounts will be able to find the results posted on their dashboards, but application-status letters will also be sent out by U.S. mail to all parents who submitted an application.

Magnet notifications are going out via our online system, so you can start checking now. FYI, they can take up to 8 hours to send.
Don’t see any notifications for your magnet application yet? Don’t panic! Your notifications will be posted to the parent dashboard.

Next Steps

So, what should you do once you receive the application-status letter?

  • If your child was accepted: Provide a signed magnet-entrance agreement, proof of residence, and proof of age (if the student will be entering Pre-K or kindergarten) to the school registrar as soon as possible. Friday, April 8, 2016, is the last day to complete this step or a child’s space can no longer be guaranteed.
  • If your child was wait-listed: Stay alert for changes in application status throughout the summer by visiting the magnet status page. You can also submit an application to programs that still have space available.

Parents can learn more about campuses with space available at the annual School Choice Fair. This event will take place from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 23, at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th Street, 77092).

For more information on HISD’s magnet programs, including a complete list of important dates, please visit the School Choice website.

8 thoughts on “Status of all students’ magnet applications to become available March 24

  1. Marylou

    My daughter was initially in the waiting list and was #10 and now is #11. I thought the number will decreased instead of increasing how is this possible?

    1. HISD Administrator

      Normally, the only changes in place to a student on the wait list should be moves upward. However, in the case of a student who may have been lower down the list whose brother or sister is accepted, that child will be moved up the wait list, and may skip above your child. (Please see the explanation in the item about sibling priority in the FAQ here.)

  2. Wendy Bonnen

    Then how is that it’s March 25, 2016 and my dashboard status still says “Submitted, in processing”?

    1. HISD Administrator

      For applications submitted after December 18, 2015, this simply means that your application is being processed by our system. No further action by you is required. If you are missing any documentation, you will be contacted. For applications submitted October 1- December 18, 2015 (Phase1), in processing could mean the application was not completed or you live outside the HISD boundary.

  3. Jeff

    Parent dashboard says” “Status: Submitted and Qualified Pending” and “Lottery Placement: Not Placed”. What does qualified pending mean and not placed?

    1. HISD Administrator

      Qualified pending is for students that are waiting for Vanguard tests results. Students may be offered a seat at that school pending test results.

  4. Pp

    My child has a waiting list 28 for a magnet middle school. How long we should wait to know the final status for that school. Will the phase 1 waiting list process go till the school reopens for the new session in August? When should we contact our zoned middle school if we don’t get a spot in magnet school.

    1. HISD Administrator

      Magnet coordinators can contact students from their waitlist until two weeks before school starts. Parent can contact zoned school at their earliest convenience.

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