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Magnet Programs

HISD has been an open-choice district for more than 40 years. This means that students are not limited to their neighborhood — or zoned — schools, but may apply to the district’s many magnet programs. These include language-immersion schools, Vanguard/GT schools, STEM programs, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, dual language, fine arts, and more. For a complete list of magnet programs, details on how to apply, and deadlines, please see HISD School Choice.

Magnet Wharton 2017 - 2018

Magnet Information for Wharton PK-8 Dual Language Academy 2018-2019

Thank you for your interest in our school.  We are a magnet school for the Dual Language Program and the first school-wide, PK - 8th grade, Dual Language Magnet Program in HISD.  Our school follows the full immersion program (80:20). Students develop initial literacy in Spanish and our lower grades receive the majority of their instruction in Spanish.  Each year, English time increases by 10% until 4th grade where there is a balance of 50% English and 50% Spanish.  
 
Anyone interested in learning more about our magnet program is welcome to attend campus tours on the following dates, all tours start at 9 a.m.:

For additional information, call the HISD Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947 or visit the HISD School of Choice website.

 
Pre-Kindergarten
Our PK students have the advantage of receiving instruction for half a day in Spanish and half a day in English.  We integrate our Spanish and English speaking children in the classroom.  Students who apply and list Spanish as their native language will take the district oral language assessment test to determine the dominant language of the student.  If you are applying to multiple dual language magnet programs, this assessment only needs to be taken once.  Please notify the school if you have already taken the assessment with another elementary school so we can call and get the score from the other school.
 
In HISD, there is no zone for PK students.  All PK students must apply for magnet seats.  Students must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017 to apply for an HISD PK program.    
 
Kindergarten 
Our Kindergarten students follow the full 80:20 immersion model with 80% of their instruction in Spanish. All ancillary classes, PE, Art, Library and Technology, are in English.  
 
There are no prerequisites for students applying for Kindergarten magnet.  Students who apply and list Spanish as their native language will take the district oral language assessment test to determine the dominant language of the student.  If you are applying to multiple dual language magnet programs, this assessment only needs to be taken once.  Please notify the school if you have already taken the assessment with another elementary school so we can call and obtain the score from the other school.   
 
There is a zone for Kindergarten students. Please see the district zoning maps if you have a question about your school zone.  If you are zoned to Wharton, please contact the school registrar, Liz Cortez.  Zoned students do not need to apply for magnet seats, but it is helpful if you do apply marking us as your 5th choice so the school knows to expect your kindergarten student for the next school year.  Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017 to apply/enroll for an HISD Kindergarten program.  
 
1st - 5th Grade 
As the students move up in academic years, the amount of instruction in English increases by 10%.  For the 2018-2019 school year, we are not taking 1st and 2nd grade magnet applications.  
 
New students, zoned and magnet applicants, must have prior Dual Language/Spanish academic experience. *Currently enrolled magnet K-4th students do not need to reapply each year.   
 
Middle School - Our middle school program offers a rigorous college preparatory program while continuing to develop high level academic Spanish.  All middle school classes are Pre-AP, English, Math, Science and Social Studies.  By the end of 8th grade, students complete the foreign language requirement for the HISD Recommended High School Diploma and have the opportunity to earn four high school credits including Algebra I and one college credit through the AP Spanish exam.  
 
There is no zone for our middle school, it is 100% magnet middle school.  Everyone must apply including current 5th grade Wharton students. 
 
6th Grade
6th graders must apply to our middle school and must show previous Dual Language academic experience.  Wharton 5th graders must apply to enter the Wharton 6th grade middle school magnet lottery. 6th graders take World Cultures in Spanish.  They will also take Pre-AP math which is a combination of 6th and 7th grade math.  
 
7th & 8th Grade
New students must have prior Dual Language academic experience.  7th Graders take Texas History in Spanish and Spanish for Native Speakers.  In addition, they take Pre-AP 7th Math which is a combination of 7th and 8th grade math.  8th Graders take AP Spanish and Algebra I, in addition to their other Pre-AP classes. 
 
Contacts:
Melina Doig, Assistant Principal & Magnet Coordinator  
Liz Cortez, Registrar & Magnet Clerk 
 
*HISD Board Policy on Zoned Magnet Students 
Zoned magnet students that move out of the Magnet school's attendance zone and who remain in the HISD district during the school year, may remain at their campus until the end of the semester.  5th, 8th and 12th grade students may remain until the end of the school year.  The student's parent or legal guardian, must submit an online Magnet application in order to be considered for the school's Magnet program for the next school year.  A magnet student whose parents move outside of the HISD boundaries after the beginning of the school year does not have the option of remaining in his or her HISD magnet program.   
 

Important Magnet Dates 2017 - 2018

September 22, 2017
Phase 1 opens; applications may be submitted online or by paper 

December 8, 2017
Phase 1 closes; last date to change application ranks 

December 9, 2017
Phase 2 opens; qualified in-district applications considered on

first-come-first-served basis for schools with space available

March 22, 2018
Notifications of application status available 

April 5, 2018
Parent Response Deadline: Last day to provide proof or residence and signed entrance agreements for seats offered on March 23rd or spaces will be declined 

May 31, 2018
Phase 2 closes  

June 1, 2018
Phase 3 opens; qualified out-of-district applications will be considered where no qualified in-district applications remain 

August 10, 2018
Phase 3 closes; last day for Magnet acceptances

School Choice Open Houses

HISD Office of School Choice will host four open houses in which all Magnet programs will be represented. Additionally, many schools without Magnet programs will also be represented.

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Milby High School
Address: 1601 Broadway St, Houston, TX 77012

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Westbury High SchoolAddress: 11911 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston, TX 77035

Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Sterling High School
Address: 11625 Martindale Rd, Houston, TX 77048

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 PM
Location: Key Middle School
Address: 4000 Kelley St, Houston, TX 77026
 
School Choice Thursday Campus Tour @ 9 a.m. - All Elementary and K-8 magnet schools are open on these dates for prospective parents to tour the individual school and get information on the magnet program.   
 
HISD Open House Magnet Fairs - Please visit School Choice website for more information.
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