How to Apply to a Magnet Program


    ·        Review your student’s interests and needs and look for alignment with specific Magnet programs.

    ·        Use the information and links at www.HoustonISD.org/SchoolChoice.

    ·       Consider how you will rank your choices. You will have a limit of 5 choices. (It is recommended that parents weigh their options carefully and consider the following: if you apply to 5 Vanguard programs, and a student has not been identified as G/T prior to the Phase I deadline and subsequently does not qualify as G/T, the student will not be considered for any of the Vanguard programs you applied to.)


    ·        Visit selected programs on School Choice Thursdays



    Visit www.HISDChoice.com to apply online.

    ·        If you have used the system before, please use your previous account.

    ·        Paper applications are available online, at any Magnet program, 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 application.

    ·        Qualified applications submitted Between Sep. 28 and Dec. 7, 2018, will be entered into any lotteries. Deadline to be entered in the lottery is December 7, 2018.



    ·        For elementary programs, only Vanguard applications may require


    ·       Please be on the lookout for emails or phone calls related to your application.



    ·        Check your SPAM folder to ensure you are not missing any information. If at all possible, do not use a Hotmail account, as the service usually blocks  emails from HISD.

    ·        By midnight on March 21, 2019, Notification of the application 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 student was not offered a seat on March 21, 2019, but has been placed on a wait list, stay alert for changes in application status throughout the summer. You may be able to submit additional applications to programs with more room.








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