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Magnet Program Types


Important for Parents

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


The possible Lottery Placements for your applications are Offered, Waiting List, Not Qualified, Not Placed or Seat Declined. 

If your application is shown as Offered, to keep that offer you must accept the offer by April 6 by pushing the Accept Seat button. This will not affect your position on any waiting lists at higher ranked schools. You will have to go to the school by April 6 to deliver proof of address and to sign the school's entrance agreement. 

A placement of “(your number) on Waiting List” means that the application was qualified and placed in the lottery, but the lottery result was not high enough to offer a seat at this time.  The number tells you how many people must decline offered seats at that school for your student to be offered a seat.

All schools ranked below a school to which you were offered a seat will be marked "Dropped/Released."  If you reapply to a school at which your application was Dropped/Released, your application will be considered in Phase 2 (December 10, 2016 - May 31, 2017) and the submitted date will be the date you reapplied. You will only be offered a seat at that school if there is space available after considering the applications submitted prior to your resubmit date. 

If the application status is Not Qualified, this means that it did not meet the requirements to be placed in the lottery for that school. An application whose Lottery Placement is “Not Placed” was not entered in the lottery.   

If you Decline an offered or a wait listed seat, your application to that particular school will be removed from the offered and waiting lists for that school. Your status will then show "dropped/release.”. This will not affect any of your applications to other programs. It is important that you DO NOT DECLINE an offered seat unless you understand the consequences. You never have to decline a school for which you are on the waiting list.   

If you have any questions about what to do next, please contact the magnet coordinator at the school where you have been offered a seat. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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

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.

Entering and Changing Applications

  • 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.


Upcoming Events

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School Choice Thursdays 2016-2017

On the following Thursdays, you are welcome to tour any HISD school.
Elementary and K–8 schools will host tours at 9 a.m., Middle and High schools at 1 p.m.  If you have a particular question for a campus, contact the campus's magnet coordinator here.
  • October: 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November: 3, 10, 17
  • December: 1, 8

Open House Dates

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
Find out about our New Magnet Programs Starting in Fall 2016 by clicking on the button.  Apply now for classes starting in the fall.


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.

Note: Due to a large number of applications in Phase I, the following schools will only accept applications during this Phase, which ends on December 09, 2016:

Oak Forest Elementary River Oaks Elementary Travis Elementary
Herod Elementary
Lanier Middle School Pin Oak Middle School  Carnegie Vanguard High School   T.H. Rogers

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
future linked
Linked Learning
Virtual Learning Online
Early Childhood
Community Services