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Office of School Choice

Magnet Program Types

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.
IB International Baccalaureate fine arts Single Gender College Preparatory
languageimmersion Language Immersion School vanguard Vanguard


Magnet application statuses to become available March 23  

This week, parents who submitted magnet applications for the 2017-2018 school year will find out what programs their children are eligible to attend.

Parents who participated in Phase 1 of the application process (Sept. 30 – Dec. 9, 2016) will be notified of the status of their submissions on Thursday, March 23. Parents will have until April 6 to accept any offered seat. Phase I includes in-district applications only.

Parents who created online accounts will be able to find the results posted on their dashboards by 4 p.m. on March 23, and letters also will be sent out by U.S. mail to all parents who submitted an application.

Magnet notifications via HISD’s online parent dashboard system can take up to 8 hours to send. Parents who don’t see results by Friday morning should email for any inquiries.

Click here for a brief explanation of terms found on magnet application results.

What are the next steps?

So, what should you do once you receive the application-status notification?

  • If your child was accepted: Accept an offered seat either online or in person. Provide a signed magnet-entrance agreement, proof of residence, and proof of age (if the student will be entering Pre-K or kindergarten) to the school registrar as soon as possible. Thursday, April 6, 2017 is the last day to complete this step, or a child’s space can no longer be guaranteed. For offers on or after April 6, 2017, parents will have 3 school days to accept the seat and make arrangements to sign the entrance agreement and submit proof of residence to the school.
  • If your child was not placed (Not Qualified or In Processing) or wait-listed: Please feel free to continue to search for a Magnet Program with space available. Stay alert for changes in application status throughout the summer by visiting the magnet status page.  We will update our website on a weekly basis with programs that have space available and are still accepting applications. The deadline for Magnet Programs with space available to accept applications is August 11, 2017.

For more information on HISD’s magnet programs, including a complete list of important dates, please visit the School Choice website, and if you have specific questions about your application or results, contact the Magnet office at, or call the Magnet office at (713) 556-6947.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions during the magnet notification process. Find a complete FAQ in English and an FAQ en Espanol.

Q: I got into my second or third choice. What happens to my lower-ranked choices?
A: Schools ranked lower than the highest one in which a student has been accepted would be released and no longer available to your student.

Q: What if I have accepted one school, but another school calls me from the waitlist. May I accept this second school?
A: Yes, you will have three school days from the date that the seat was offered to make arrangements to submit the following documents to the school whose offer you want to accept:

  • Proof of current residence.
  • Proof of age (if your child is entering Pre-K or kindergarten).
  • The school will be able to provide you a copy of an entrance agreement that you will be required to sign.

Q: May I visit a school again before I make a final decision?
A: We recommend that you contact the school’s Magnet coordinator to see what times are available. If you have been offered a seat at this school, please remember that there is a deadline to secure the seat.

Q: What if I get into a school I ranked first on my list, but I am interested in a school that I ranked lower? Can I get on the wait list of a school I originally ranked lower? 
A: Yes, you can get on the waitlist if there is space available at the lower ranked school. You cannot hold two seats at the same time and would need to decline the higher ranked choice in order to accept the lower ranked school. You will have 3 school days from the date of the lower ranked offer to respond and make arrangements to sign the entrance agreement and submit proof of residence to the school.

Q: I am experiencing problems with the HISD website and dashboard. What should I do?
A: Send an email to or call the Magnet office at (713) 556-6947, explaining in detail the issues you are having.

Q: I can’t remember my login/password for my parent dashboard.
A: Use the “Forgot your password?” feature located at the bottom of the left hand side of the parent login page at


Parents, the deadline to submit applications in Phase I has ended, on December 9th, 2016, and Phase 2 has begun.

If an application was submitted in Phase I without providing any required additional documentation, do not worry, for any incomplete or missing documents are due by January 24, 2017.  

These documents include the following:
-Final Report Card from Previous School Year
-Nationally Normed Achievement Test
-Previous School Year STAAR Scores

Moreover, if your student was in HISD for the entire 2015-2016 school year then all required data will normally be available to us and no uploads or delivery of any documents whatsoever is required.   


Accepting 2017-2018 Magnet Applications on September 30th, 2016

 When there are more qualified applicants than space available, a school-specific lottery or audition shall be used to select students. All lottery sessions are being held at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center by the Office of School Choice. Lottery results are not final until approved by the Office of School Choice.

Note: Due to large number of applications in Phase I, the following schools will not be accepting any applications after the Phase I deadline of December 9, 2016. These schools do not accept applications for Phase II and Phase III:

Harvard Elementary Herod Elementary Kolter Elementary Lovett Elementary
Oak Forest Elementary River Oaks Elementary T.H. Rogers Travis Elementary
Lanier Middle School Pin Oak Middle School Bellaire High School Carnegie High School
DeBakey High School Heights High School Westside High School

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Entering and Changing Applications

  • Update 2-21-2017 Users of the online system please note: The student application status will be unavailable as we prepare for lottery notifications that will be sent out on March 23, 2017 by 4 p.m. Thank you for your patience. 
  • You may enter applications for up to 5 different schools .
  • Applications already started for this child are listed at the bottom of the page.
  • The status of each application is shown.
  • To view or update an already entered application, or to change a scheduled appointment, click on the program name at the bottom of the page.


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, Asst. Superintendent of School Choice

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.


The application timeline for Magnet programs is split into three phases.

Phase 1 (September 30, 2016 - December 09, 2016) -- Completed

Phase 2 (December 10, 2016 - May 31, 2016)

  • If you reapply to a school at which your application was Dropped/Released, your application will be considered in Phase 2 and the submitted date will be the date you reapplied.

  • After all applications in Phase 1 have been processed, eligible students who meet the qualifications for the program to which they are applying, will be considered in the order in which their application was submitted (online or on paper).
  • Any applications for students who live outside the HISD boundaries will not be considered until Phase 3, even if the application was submitted during Phase 2.
  • All applications for students who live inside the HISD boundaries or for the children of active HISD employees who live outside the boundaries will be considered.

Phase 3 (May 31, 2017 - August 11, 2017)

  • Applications from eligible HISD-resident students will be considered first.
  • When no further eligible HISD-resident student applications remain, out of district eligible students will be considered in the order in which they submitted their applications.

For Magnet-only programs (schools that do not have an attendance zone) out of district magnet transfers must be approved by the superintendent of schools.

The applications you have submitted are listed below in the order you ranked them. IMPORTANT – BEFORE YOU ACCEPT OR DECLINE A SEAT, be sure that you understand the “PHASE 1: IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS” at the top of this page.

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
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Linked Learning
Virtual Learning Online
Early Childhood
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