Office of School Choice
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