First of five school choice fairs set for Sept. 28 at Sterling HS
Parents will have the ability to begin applying to School Choice Programs for the 2020-2021 school year on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. The district’s first school choice fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Sterling High School (11625 Martindale, 77048).
HISD offers a robust
portfolio of magnet programs at 112 schools to best meet students’ academic
needs and interests. The magnet programs within the district include:
During her whirlwind first-day of school district tour, HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan stopped at Neff Early Learning Center, where she and other administration officials gathered to highlight to the media and community the expansion of pre-K education throughout the district.
“High-quality, full-day pre-K will continue to be a top priority in HISD,” Lathan said. “We must provide all children with a solid foundation as they embark on their educational journeys. Funding these programs are an investment in our children and our families.”
HISD’s full-day Pre-K program, which is offered to three- and four-year-olds, began in 2006. This school year, a total of 12 elementary campuses throughout the district will be expanding pre-K classrooms for a total of 38 pre-K rooms.
HISD is expanding its free, full-day pre-kindergarten program at schools across the district to provide more three- and four-year-old students with the opportunity to attend a high-quality program that will build a strong foundation of learning and support the needs of the families it serves.
A total of 12 elementary
campuses throughout the district will be expanding pre-K classrooms for a total
of 38 pre-K rooms. Those campuses are Neff Early Learning Center, Isaacs, R. Martinez,
Rucker, Love, Browning, Shadowbriar, Askew, Mitchell, Garden Villas, DeAnda and
Wesley elementary schools.
Two schools – Hillard and Oates
elementary schools – are implementing pre-K for the first time.
All HISD campuses serving pre-kindergarten students are participating in a common registration window during the week of April 29 through May 3 for families to register children for pre-K classes for the 2019-2020 school year.
Offering a common
week for registration allows the district and campuses to communicate and
advertise to all school communities. However, parents do not have to wait
for this window as schools are ready to register students right now.
HISD provides full-day pre-K programs focused on the development of literacy, math, and social skills that serve as the foundation for children’s success in their educational careers.
The Houston Independent School District’s C. Martinez Elementary School is starting a weekly Facebook livestream event to focus on literacy.
Every Tuesday evening, students can login to Facebook (CMES Readers Den) for “A Night in the Wolves Den” and listen to a special guest read a bedtime story. The intent is to help build literacy at home by engaging with CMES teachers and staff in a way that is current and fun.
To join in, add CMES Readers Den as a friend on Facebook and turn in on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. to hear a bedtime story read by a teacher.
Braeburn Elementary School students are continuing to settle into their new temporary home on the Welch Middle School campus, where they will remain until their flood-damaged school can be rebuilt.
“Students entered the campus excited and ready to start this new school year,” Braeburn Principal Amanda Rodgers said last week as students arrived for their first day of school in the temporary campus. Continue reading →
Nestled in the heart of Montrose, the Wilson Montessori campus was filled with excitement on Monday as students entered the doors of the newly renovated building for the first day of school.
Final construction work wrapped on the project this summer, with Monday marking Monday the first time that both the new wing and existing classroom renovations were complete and open to students.
“We are truly excited about this new school year in this new space,” Wilson Montessori Principal Shameika Sykes-Salvador said. “Teachers are excited about being in their own spaces and being able to unpack and make it home.”
When school starts on Monday, five HISD school buses will look just a little a bit different on the inside, after being adapted to fit the district’s youngest students.
HISD’s Transportation Services modified the buses to make them safer to transport pre-kindergarten students to Woodson PK-5 Leadership Academy. The school’s full-day pre-kindergarten program expanded this school year, and nearly 250 pre-K students from the Sunnyside community are enrolled in the program. Continue reading →
HISD has launched another series of billboards across the city to continue raising awareness on the district’s educational initiatives and services that support the whole child.
In February, HISD revealed a new logo and tagline in a series of billboards and movie theaters around the city. The second series of billboards to recently launch highlights prekindergarten and career and technical education programs.
The billboards will run until Aug. 15. For more information about HISD’s latest education initiatives, visit www.houstonisd.org/enroll.
HISD offers high-quality instruction to help young learners reach their full potential
Give your child a head start by enrolling them in prekindergarten now.
Pre-K is just as necessary for academic success as kindergarten or first grade, research shows. Not only will your child be more successful in school, but they will be more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and earn higher wages as an adult.
While all children benefit from pre-K, disadvantaged and low-income students often make the most gains. Children who are dual-language learners develop English-language proficiency and other valuable skills. Research shows that children who have enrolled in pre-K gain an advantage over their peers in the classroom.
HISD offers both free and tuition-based pre-K at many schools, as well as early childhood centers. All pre-K students in the district receive breakfast and lunch during a full day of instruction from certified teachers.
To be eligible for free enrollment (non-tuition-based pre-K), your child must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, and live within the boundaries of HISD. Additional requirements can be found here, as well as the district’s policy on 3-year-olds. Continue reading →