• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


     

    Q: How will my audition be scheduled?

    A: If you apply online at www.hisdchoice.com, you will schedule your audition when you apply, if you submit a paper application, auditions are scheduled via email and it takes about two weeks for scheduling. Please be sure your email is accurate and legible on the application. It is your responsibility to contact the magnet office to schedule an audition.

    Q: How will my virtual audition be scheduled?

    A: All auditions for entry in 2021-2021 will be done virtually. You will receive an email to schedule your mandatory audition(s) during the application process. Please be sure you use a valid email address and check it regularly.

    Q: What if I do not have an email address?

    A: If you do not have an email address, then you will need to call Natalie Fischer, Magnet Moordinator, at 713-723-6015 or 832-280-7562. You may also call Nancy Mendez, Magnet Clerk, at 832-304-4029. Please be persistent until you get a response as it is required that you audition. Once the auditions are over they cannot be recreated. There are no late auditions.

    Q: How long will it take to hear from Westbury about my application and audition?

    A: The online system will send you an email confirming your audition schedule. If you do not get this confirmation you will need to contact the Magnet Coordinator to be sure your application is processed. Please be persistent to get your audition scheduled. If the response to you ends up in your junk mail or is bounced back for whatever reason, Westbury will not know about it. Therefore, if you have not heard from the online system or the Westbury magnet office, call Natalie Fischer, Magnet Coordinator, at 713-723-6015 or email at nfischer@houstonisd.org.

    • During Virtual Learning, audition notifications will come through email. All will be scheduled after Phase I has ended in November 2020. 

    Q: What if I cannot attend the audition for which I am scheduled?

    A: Auditions are mandatory and dates are limited. Therefore, please make every effort to attend the audition for which you are scheduled. If you absolutely cannot make an audition because of illness or crisis, let the Magnet Coordinator know as soon as possible. She will try to accommodate you.

    Q: Will there be in-person tours on campus this year?

    A: No. All tours will be done virtually via Microsoft TEAMS every Thursday at 1pm, Septmeber 24th to November 5th and will act as an Information Session. You can access this HERE

    Q: Can I audition in more than one art area?

    A: If you live in the Houston ISD attendance zone, you are allowed to audition in one or two art areas. You are, however, NOT required to audition in two art areas. 

    Q: What should I know in preparation for an audition?

    A: Be sure to prepare for the audition according to specified criteria. These are individual auditions and spots are tightly scheduled. There is no advantage to being last in the audition pool, but a very definite advantage to those who follow audition criteria carefully. 

    Q: What is the next step once I am accepted into the Fine Arts Magnet Program?
    A: Students who are accepted in the magnet program must provide Proof of Residence, parent/guardian identification that matches the PoF, and return the signed Magnet Entrance Agreement in order to confirm his/her seat in the program.