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    How to Apply


    • Review your student’s interest and needs to look for alignment with specific Magnet programs or Program Choice transfer options.
    • Use the information and links at www.ChooseHISD.com
    • Consider how you will rank your choices. Families can select up to 10 school programs, with a maximum of 5 magnet programs. (Please note that, each high school CTE pathway chosen is considered a separate application/choice).
    • Visit selected programs on School Choice Thursdays (for Magnet programs only). Please contact the Program Choice school for tour availability. 


    Visit www.ChooseHISD.com to apply online.

    • If you have used the system before, please use your previous account.
    • Paper applications are available online, at any school, or from the Office of School Choice (Online applications provide more options for tracking and staying up-to-date).
    • Make sure to sign and submit your applications. 


    • For elementary and middle school Magnet programs, only Vanguard applications may require documentation. All Program Choice applications will require documentation.
    • Please be on the lookout for emails or phone calls related to your application. 


    • By midnight on January 28, 2021, notification of acceptance for Phase 1 K-12 applicants. Status will be viewable online, and letters will be sent to all parents via USPS mail.


    • If your student has been offered a seat in a program, you have two weeks to provide proof of residence and sign an entrance agreement.
    • If your K-12 student was not offered a seat on January 28, 2021, but has been placed on a wait list, stay alert for changes in application status (current HISD students can reapply through Feb. 26, 2021). You may be able to submit additional applications to programs with more room.
    • K-12 Waitlist will retire on March 25, 2021 and no further movement on the lottery list will occur.




    Important Dates



    On the following Thursdays, you are welcome to virtually tour any HISD Magnet schools.  Elementary and K-8 schools will host tours at 9:00 a.m., secondary schools at 1:00 p.m.

    Rice is a K-8 school.

    • September 24
    • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    • November 5



    Sept 19: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Virtual Event

    Oct. 3: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Virtual Event

    Oct. 17: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Virtual Event

    Oct. 31: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Virtual Event

    Feb. 13: (Space Available Schools):  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Virtual Event*

    Go to www.ChooseHISD.com for more information about Virtual School Choice Fairs.

    * Space Available Schools

    K-12 PHASES


    Phase 1 (Sept. 9 - Nov. 6, 2020) Qualified in-district applications received during this phase will be entered into lotteries or be offered auditions.

    Phase 2 (Nov. 7, 2020 – Feb. 26, 2021)

    Qualified in-district applications received during this phase will be offered auditions or seats on a space available basis.

    Phase 3 (Feb. 27, 2021 – onward). In-district applicants new to HISD and out-of-district applications will be considered on a space available basis.