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Here’s another sign of growing equity in magnet school processes

2015 April 1
by HISD Communications

Wow, do our magnets attract! The figures are impressive — nearly 21,000 students (and their parents) filed 65,000 applications to HISD magnet programs last December, most of them online. This past Friday, they learned the results through a designated website and via email notification.

This exemplifies several leaps that we’ve taken in HISD. When I first arrived here more than five years ago, magnet reform was a high priority. We’ve taken steps toward accountability and equalizing funding — and the growing response and success of our online application and lottery process is a sign that we’ve become more equitable about getting the word out about our school choices and how to take advantage of them.

The magnet process doesn’t end here. Many of the schools will be staging “Magnet Signing Day” events to celebrate acceptances and commitments, and from 9 a.m. until noon on April 25, we’ll be holding a School Choice Fair at district headquarters, 4400 W. 18th St., to highlight programs at the many wonderful campuses which still have openings.

With the variety of offerings from kindergarten through high school — encompassing academic and career focus, international and language interests, arts, STEM, Montessori, and more — we’re proud to be able to match students’ interests and aptitudes to programs that will help them relate what they’re learning to their futures.

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