Last school choice fair on Saturday as magnet deadline nears 

Parents have a wide variety of choices regarding where to send their students to school in HISD, but time is running out to be in the first round of consideration.

Parents who still aren’t sure which school they want their child to attend next year are invited to the final School Choice Fair from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Dec. 1, at Milby High School (1601 Broadway St., 77012). Representatives from HISD magnet schools will be there, and attendees can get help submitting their application.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 7 for guaranteed consideration in the first round. Any applications received after the Dec. 7 deadline will be considered only for schools where space is still available.  

Parents will also have two more chances to tour the magnet schools of their choice before the Dec. 7 deadline. Magnet Thursday tours will be held this Thursday, Nov. 29 and next Thursday, Dec. 6. These tours are intended to help parents learn more about Magnet programs to make more informed decisions. All schools will offer 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours.

The 2019-2020 HISD magnet application is available online, and paper applications can be picked up at all magnet campuses. Online applications provide more options for tracking and staying up to date on the latest developments.

Paper applications can be hand-delivered or sent by U.S. mail to the Office of School Choice at 4400 West 18th Street, Houston, TX 77092. Another option is to scan the paper application and e-mail it to, along with the required documents.

Parents will learn the status of their application on March 22, 2019, when results will be available online and also sent by mail. If their child has been offered a seat in a program, parents have two weeks to provide proof of residence and sign an entrance agreement. If their student is placed on a waiting list, parents can monitor changes in application status throughout the summer, at which time they may be able to submit additional applications to programs with available seats.

For more information about the magnet application process, HISD school choice tours, and the final fair, visit or call the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947.