Step One
    • Review your student’s interests and needs and look for alignment with specific magnet programs
    • Use the information and links at HoustonISD.org/SchoolChoice
    • Consider how you will rank your choices
    • Visit selected programs on School Choice Thursdays
    Step Two
    • 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 your application. 
    • For last school year, qualified applications were submitted Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 18, 2015, will be entered into any lotteries. Check the school choice website for current dates.
    Step Three
    • For elementary programs, only Vanguard applications may require documentation.
    • Please be on the lookout for emails or phone calls related to your application.
    Step Four
    • 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.
    Step Five
    • For this past school year, on March 24, 2016, notification of application status were be sent to all parents (and will be viewable online).
    • If your student is offered a seat in a program, you have two weeks to provide proof of residence and sign an entrance agreement.