HISD’s Department of School Choice has announced key dates for families interested in participating in the school choice process and enrolling their scholars in magnet or alternative schools.
The process has been updated based on feedback that the District received from families with the intention of simplifying and streamlining the school choice process. HISD will condense the application and enrollment timeline in order to notify families about their options earlier.
Phase One Application is now open through Feb. 23, 2024. Click here to apply.
If you are looking for an HISD magnet school for the 2017–2018 school year, you will have an opportunity to learn more about dozens of schools with openings firsthand at the HISD Spring School Choice Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 22, at Gregory Lincoln Education Center, located at 1101 Taft St, Houston 77019.
School staff discusses magnet options with parents at a school choice fair in September at Westbury High School.
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 on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sterling High School (11625 Martindale Road, 77048). Representatives from HISD magnet schools will be there, and attendees can get help submitting their application.
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If you are looking for an HISD magnet school for the 2015–2016 school year, you will have an opportunity to learn more about dozens of schools with openings firsthand at the HISD School Choice Fair. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th Street, Houston 77092.
“This event will provide an opportunity for parents and students to visit with representatives from HISD schools to learn more about exceptional programs that still have space available,” said Mark Shenker, assistant superintendent of School Choice. “These include magnet schools, multilingual programs, neighborhood schools, and preschool programs.” Continue reading →
If you are looking for an HISD magnet school for the 2014-2015 school year, make sure to save the date for the spring School Choice Fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Held at Northwest Mall, 9500 Hempstead Highway, the fair will host about 70 schools, all of which are actively recruiting for the next school year.
HISD conducted its annual School Choice Open House on Nov. 2, and thousands of parents and their children attended the event at Northwest Mall to learn more about their options for the coming fall.
Parent Andradie Walker came to the fair with her seven-year-old daughter, who currently attends Benbrook Elementary School. “She really likes to learn, and she’s interested in music, dance, and art,” she said, “so I’m looking to expand her learning experience.” Walker said that she is also very interested in Whidby Elementary, which has a health science magnet program.
These students chose Young Women's College Preparatory Academy. Which school will your children be attending next year? Learn more about the options available at the School Choice Fair on April 27.
At HISD, parents and students have a multitude of education options. From Montessori and magnet programs to preschool programs and early college high schools, representatives from over 70 different HISD schools will be on-hand at the third annual HISD School Choice Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Hattie Mae White Education Support Center (4400 West 18th Street).
Schools that have space for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year will be available at the fair to answer questions and provide more detailed information about their campuses, answer questions about the application and student transfer process, and assist parents with making the best school choice for their children.
Shantra Skipper came to the HISD School Choice Fair on Saturday, April 27 looking for a middle school for her daughter. “She’s always been in a magnet program and I want to make sure I know about all the different options available to her for sixth grade,” said Skipper.
There were plenty of choices for Skipper and her daughter to select from at the second annual fair which was designed to be a one-stop shop for HISD families to get a closer look at the quality programs HISD has to offer. Over 80 schools were on display with programs ranging from pre-k and Montessori to early college and the fine arts.
“It’s great that students and parents can walk around and talk to the magnet coordinator and current students at the schools,” said HISD parent Atria Boxia. “It’s really helpful and I am learning a lot.” Boxia and her daughter got more information about the district’s new Houston Innovative Learning Zones or HILZ academies. The academies, located at six HISD schools, are opening this fall and will offer students training in high demand technical fields and the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree upon graduation.
Also on display at the fair was the district’s new Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet school. The school is opening in the fall and is accepting applications for students in pre-k through the second grade.
“The parents are coming in, they are filling out the applications, and our coordinators are walking them through the process,” said Assistant Superintendent of School Choice Lupita Hinojosa. “We want to ensure that every student finds a quality school choice by August.”