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     The Importance of Ranks
     
    For the 2019 - 2020 school year, parents submitting applications to HISD Magnet schools will rank schools in order of preference.  Parents may apply to up to five Magnet schools.  Parents will have until the application deadline of Friday, December 7, 2018 to finalize the ranking of their applications.
     
    To be clear:  there is no lottery weight given to the ranks.  Each application for each school to which the student qualifies will have equal chance of selection in the lottery. 
     
    What Ranking Means:  After the lottery has been run, acceptance to a higher ranked school will automatically drop lower ranked schools from your selection options.
     
    What Ranking Means, Part II:  students with an accept to a Magnet program will no longer remain on the waitlist of lesser ranked schools.
     
    Note:  Ranking will be in effect from Lottery until Notification.  Ranking will be turned off shortly before Notification. 
     
    Example, Student 1:
     
     
     Rank  Programs Applied To:  Lottery Outcome:  What Parents See:
     Rank 1  School A  Wait Listed  Wait List #
     Rank 2  School B  Not Qualified  Not Qualified
     Rank 3  School C  Accepted  Accepted
     Rank 4  School D  Accepted  ** Dropped **
     Rank 5  School E  Accepted  ** Dropped **
     
    After Notifications, if you are later called off the Wait List and accepted to your Rank 1 school, you will have 3 business days to decide whether to accept or decline the Rank 1 school.  If you decline your Rank 1 school, you will retain your seat at the Rank 3 school.  If you accept the Rank 1 school, your seat at the Rank 3 school will be declined so that another student may have the opportunity to attend that Magnet.
     
    Example, Student 2:
     
     Rank  Programs Applied To:  Lottery Outcome:  What Parents See:
     Rank 1  School A  Accepted  Accepted
     Rank 2  School B  Accepted  ** Dropped **
     Rank 3  School C  Wait Listed  ** Dropped **
     Rank 4  School D  Not Qualified  ** Dropped **
     
    Because you were accepted to your Rank 1 school in the Lottery, all other schools will be dropped from your selection options by the online application system.
     
    Example, Student 3:
     
     Rank  Programs Applied To:  Lottery Outcome: What Parents See: 
     Rank 1  School A  Not Qualified  Not Qualified
     Rank 2  School B  Accepted  Accepted
     Rank 3  School C  Wait Listed  ** Dropped **
     Rank 4  School D  Accepted  ** Dropped **
     
    Because you were accepted at the highest ranking school to which your child qualified, all other schools will be dropped from your selection options by the online application system.
     
    What this means ...
     
    On March 22, 2019, you will only see the final result:
     
    Example, Student 1:
     
     Rank  School:  
     Rank 1  School A  Wait List #
     Rank 2  School B  Not Qualified
     Rank 3  School C  Accepted
     
    Example, Student 2:
     
     Rank  School:  
     Rank 1  School A  Accepted
     
    Example, Student 3:
     
     Rank  School:  
     Rank 1  School A  Not Qualified
     Rank 2  School B  Accepted
     
    Your options on March 22, 2019 are:
     
       1.  Accept the seat at the school to which you were accepted.
       2.  Decline the seat at the school to which you were accepted.
     
     You will **not** be offered a seat at multiple schools.
     
     This is why ranking is so important!
     
    It is in your child's best interest for you to research, tour, and consider carefully every school to which you apply and rank them according to the preferences that will be the best fit for your child.
     
    A Word about Waitlists:
    On your Dashboard, you will be able to see the Wait List number of any schools to which your child was waitlisted that are ranked above the highest accept.  As schools move their waitlist, and the waitlist number changes, you will be able to see the new numbers immediately reflected on your Dashboard.  If you applied online, you do not have to call any schools for updates, you can log in to your Dashboard and see it yourself.  (If the waitlist number hasn't changed, the school has not moved their waitlist).