• Thank you, for your interest in HISD’s Magnet prekindergarten programs.  We would like to update you on the state guidelines that support prekindergarten programming and enrollment in Texas.

     To be eligible for enrollment in HISD non-tuition based prekindergarten program, a child must:

    • be 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the enrolling school year AND a resident of HISD.
    • be unable to speak and comprehend the English language, or
    • be economically disadvantaged (defined below), or
    • meet any eligibility criteria for Head Start, or
    • be homeless, as defined by [42 USC 11434a], or
    • currently be or has ever been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services following an adversary hearing held as provided by Section 262.201, Family Code, or
    • be the child of an active duty member of armed forces or child of an armed forces member injured, killed, or missing in action while on active duty, or
    • be the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as a peace officer as defined in Section 3106.002, a firefighter as defined in Section 3106.003, or an emergency medical first responder as defined in Section 3106.004

    If your child is not eligible for the HISD non-tuition based prekindergarten program and you have applied for a Magnet prekindergarten program for the 2019-2020 school year, your application will be labeled as “qualified pending” until after the first day of school.  A “qualified pending” applicant will not be considered until after all eligible students have been offered service and a determination of space availability has been made by the Office of School Choice.

    *Pre-K Enrollment address exceptions will not be renewed for students who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019. Therefore, any students offered a seat at a magnet campus for prekindergarten grade levels must reapply for a magnet seat to remain at the magnet campus for their kindergarten school year.


  • Prekindergarten students can be enrolled into the following programs:

    Dual Language Programs: The dual language program provides instruction in English and Spanish. A combination of native Spanish speakers and native English speakers are taught together in an effort to develop full bilingualism and biliteracy for both groups of students. 

    Language Immersions: A minimum of 50% to a maximum of 80% of daily instruction in the non-English language.  In a 50/50 model, both languages of instruction must be distributed equally throughout each day, not alternating days or weeks.  Therefore, each language will be allocated in a continuous, uninterrupted block so that 50% of the day is taught in English and 50% is taught in another language.

    Montessori Programs: The Montessori program emphasizes highly personalized learning for each child to develop his/her own interests and full potential. Every classroom is equipped with special materials designed to work with the whole child to develop social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination, and cognition.  Applications for the Montessori program must be submitted through the HISD Magnet office.



Arabic Immersion Magnet School
Magnet Program: Arabic Language Immersion
Magnet Coordinator: Magnet | Email: Sarina.Keller@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-556-8940 | 713-556-8944(fax)


Blackshear Elementary
Magnet Program: Montessori
Magnet Coordinator: Clifford Lee | Email: clee10@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-942-1481 | 713-942-1486 (fax)


Garden Oaks Montessori
Magnet Program: Montessori
Magnet Coordinator: Laura Aasletten | Email: LAASLETT@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-696-2930 | 713-696-2932 (fax)


Helms Elementary
Magnet Program: Dual Language
Magnet Coordinator: Julie Hernandez | Email: JHERNAN2@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-867-5130 | 713-867-5133 (fax)


Mandarin Immersion Magnet School
Magnet Program: Mandarin Immersion
Magnet Coordinator: Magnet | Email: eeastman@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-295-5276 | 713-662-3527(fax)


Wharton K-8 Dual Language
Magnet Program: Dual Language
Magnet Coordinator: Melina Doig | Email: mdoig@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-535-3771 | 713-535-3772 (fax)


Wilson Montessori
Magnet Program: Montessori
Magnet Coordinator: Krystal Perkins | Email: Krystal.Perkins@houstonisd.org
Phone: 713-942-1470 | 713-942-1472 (fax)