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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

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.


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

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
future linked
Linked Learning
Virtual Learning Online
Early Childhood
Community Services