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    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I find general Magnet and Program Choice Questions contact information?

  • I have questions about my child’s application status, but HISD offices are closed until Monday. What can I do?

  • What is the difference between Magnet and Vanguard (G/T)?

  • Which program is right for my child and family?

  • How may I find out more about the Magnet or Choice programs in HISD?

  • When may I submit an application?

  • What is the fastest way to apply?

  • How do I apply online?

  • I applied online last year or the year before. Should I create a new account?

  • What do I do if the information that appears on my child’s online application is incorrect?

  • How do I submit the required documentation when I apply online?

  • How do I apply with a paper application?

  • How do I submit the required documentation when I apply with a paper application?

  • The application asks for my child's Student ID#. Where can I find that?

  • How many School Choice programs may I apply?

  • May I submit my applications online and in hard copy, just to be sure?

  • Do all schools have the same entrance requirements?

  • May I visit campuses I am considering?

  • If I live out of the HISD attendance district, may I apply?

  • Is there still time to consider other School Choice schools?

  • What if my child has disabilities?

  • What changes are there to the School Choice application process?

  • How do these changes improve the matrix system?

  • What is ranking and how does is affect the application process?

  • What if there are more qualified applications than there are spaces at a particular school?

  • Will the chances of my child being accepted into our top choice program be any better?

  • If my child is accepted into our third-choice school, but wait-listed on the top two, does that mean we’ll lose his/her spot on those waitlists?

  • Can I see changes to the waitlist on my online parent dashboard?

  • My child was placed on a waitlist. As time goes by, he/she sometimes moves down the waitlist. That doesn't seem fair - it appears someone is skipping up above him.

  • What is sibling priority?

  • What is the multiple birth option?

  • What if my child is applying to a Vanguard (G/T) Magnet program?

  • What if my child qualifies as G/T, but I decide not to attend the Vanguard (G/T) Magnet program. Does he/she lose the G/T identification?

  • My child has been offered a seat in a Vanguard magnet program. Does this mean that he or she has been identified as G/T?

  • In my letter I see a “not qualified” status beside a Vanguard magnet school? What does that mean?

  • Are there any special considerations/differences in the process if the child is applying for Pre-K? (For example, does that magnet status only apply for one year?)

  • 6-Year-Old in Kindergarten Student Eligibility

  • How may I ensure that the application process goes smoothly?

  • When and how will I know if my child was accepted by a school?

  • I got into a magnet or choice school on my list, and I would like to accept the seat. What should I do next?

  • I got into my second or third choice. What happens to my lower-ranked choices?

  • What if my child is not accepted into a magnet or choice program that I want him or her to attend?

  • I believe there is a mistake on the magnet results. Who can I talk to?

  • What if I have accepted one school, but another school calls me from the waitlist. May I accept this second school?

  • May I visit a school again before I make a final decision?

  • I am on the waitlist for all the schools on my list. What should I do next?

  • What if I get into a school I ranked first on my list, but I am interested in a school that I ranked lower? Can I get on the wait list of a school I originally ranked lower?

  • What if my child has trouble with the Magnet program?

  • When I check on the status of my child's application on the parent dashboard, it says that the application is "Submitted, in processing." What does this mean?

  • I applied by mail and have not received a School Choice letter. What should I do?

  • I am experiencing problems with the HISD website and dashboard. What should I do?

  • I cannot remember my login/password for my parent dashboard. How do I reset it?

  • Is there still time to apply to a magnet or choice school if I am in or out-of-district?

  • If my child gets into a different magnet school that he/she is not zoned to, does my child still have the option to go to his/her zoned school?

  • What is the process if the student is zoned to a magnet school they applied to?

  • What happens if my child has a place in a Magnet program, but he/she misses the first day of school?