Office of School Choice

Parent dashboard application statuses, and emails, have been temporarily turned off until lottery notifications are released on March 22, 2018 by midnight. All applications have the default label "Submitted, in processing." This is necessary for the preparation of the upcoming lottery.

Any questions or concerns please contact your magnet coordinator by clicking here.

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The Houston Independent School District offers a robust portfolio of schools that allows families to choose the school that best meets their child’s academic needs and interests. The magnet programs within the district include:

fine arts College and Career Readiness language Language Programs
fine arts Fine Arts Montessori Montessori
Montessori International stem S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M.
IB International Baccalaureate fine arts Single Gender College Preparatory
languageimmersion Language Immersion School vanguard Vanguard

Application Timelines

Application Times for 2018-2019 Applications

  • Phase 1 (September 22, 2017 - December 08, 2017) 
  • Phase 2 (December 09, 2017 - May 31, 2018)
  • Phase 3 (June 1, 2018 - August 10, 2018)
  • Magnet Thursdays

    • Dates: October ( 5, 12, 19, 26), November (2, 9, 16, 30), and December 7
    • All Magnet Campuses will offer tours to interested parents.
    • These tours are intended to help parents learn more about Magnet programs to make more informed decisions.
    • Elementary tours are not intended for students as this will lead to unexcused absences for them.
    • Elementary & K-8: 9:00 a.m. & except the last Thursday of the month which will have tours at both 9:00 a.m. and 1:00p.m. (October 26 & Nov 30)
    • Secondary Programs: 1:00 p.m.

Changes to magnet app processing

To shorten the time parents and students have to wait to find out where a student has been accepted for the following year, we have changed the way we will be processing applications to Magnet programs.

School Choice Fairs for 2018-2019 Applications

Contact Us

Office of School Choice
4400 West 18th St., Level 1SE
Houston, TX 77092
Telephone: 713-556-6947
Fax: 713-556-6784 
Noelia Longoria,
Assistant Superintendent
Office of School Choice

Magnet School Listings

  • In High School

    HISD offers 40-plus high school magnet programs that include early college high schools, career magnets, and The Futures Academy.

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  • In Middle School

    Parents and students can choose from 20-plus middle school magnet programs that include international, college preparatory, and STEM.

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  • In Elementary School

    HISD’s 50-plus elementary magnet options range from Montessori, gifted and talented to international programs.

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Additional HISD School Choice Offerings

Charter Schools
CATE Programs
International Baccalaureate
Dual Language
Emerge Program
future linked
Linked Learning
Virtual Learning Online
Early Childhood
Community Services