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  • General Information
    EMERGE currently operates at all HISD high schools and recruits 10th grade students each year. Competitive applicants are economically-disadvantaged and generally the first in their family to graduate from a four-year college or university. They must have a strong academic profile that includes getting good grades in rigorous courses.

    Information Sessions will be delivered at every HISD high school campus by EMERGE staff.
    Application Components
    Phase 1: Application (November 12 - December 15)
    • Student & Family Background
    • Extracurricular Involvement
    • Short Response Questions
    • Personal Essays
     
    Phase 2: Finalist Interviews (February 2020)*
    • EMERGE-HISD will host an Interview Day on Saturday, February 1. If you receive a finalist interview and are unable to attend on this day, we will coordinate an interview date and time with your high school campus.  

    Final decisions will be released the week of February 24.
    Orientation for new students and their families will be on Saturday, March 7. 

    *Note: Not every student who applies will move on to the second phase (finalist interviews). Thousands of highly-qualified students apply for a limited number of spots with EMERGE-HISD.

    Evaluation Criteria
    EMERGE evaluates prospective applicants holistically. There are no minimum test scores or GPA. We look for students with:
    • A strong academic profile who seek challenging courses.
    • Drive, perseverance, curiosity, humility, and gratitude.
    • Extracurricular involvement and leadership potential.
    • Limited financial means.
    • A first-generation college background. This means that the student will be among the first generation in their family to attend and graduate from college.
  • Contact EMERGE staff by school

    11th Grade Staff

    • All
    • Austin
    • Bellaire
    • Carnegie
    • Challenge Early
    • Chavez
    • DeBakey
    • East Early
    • Eastwood Academy
    • Energy Institute
    • E-STEM
    • Furr
    • HAIS
    • Heights
    • Houston MSTC
    • Jones
    • Kashmere
    • Kinder HSPVA
    • Lamar
    • Law & Justice
    • Liberty
    • Long Academy
    • Madison
    • Mickey Leland
    • Middle College Gulfton
    • Milby
    • Mount Carmel Academy
    • North Forest
    • North Houston Early
    • Northside
    • Scarborough
    • Sharpstown
    • Sharpstown International
    • South Early
    • Sterling
    • Waltrip
    • Washington
    • Westbury
    • Westside
    • Wheatley
    • Wisdom
    • Worthing
    • Yates
    • Young Womens
    Submit

    12th Grade Staff

    • All
    • Austin
    • Bellaire
    • Carnegie
    • Challenge Early
    • Chavez
    • DeBakey
    • East Early
    • Eastwood Academy
    • Energy Institute
    • E-STEM
    • Furr
    • HAIS
    • Heights
    • Houston MSTC
    • Jones
    • Kashmere
    • Kinder HSPVA
    • Lamar
    • Law & Justice
    • Liberty
    • Long Academy
    • Madison
    • Mickey Leland
    • Middle College Felix Fraga
    • Middle College Gulfton
    • Milby
    • Mount Carmel Academy
    • North Forest
    • North Houston Early
    • Northside
    • Scarborough
    • Sharpstown
    • Sharpstown International
    • South Early
    • Sterling
    • Waltrip
    • Washington
    • Westbury
    • Westside
    • Wheatley
    • Wisdom
    • Worthing
    • Yates
    • Young Womens
    Submit

Recruitment Presentation

  • EMERGE_Recruitment1

Recruitment Questions

Nominate a student

  • If there is a student who you believe may be a good fit for the EMERGE-HISD program, consider nominating them by completing a nomination form. Nominations are not a requirement, and nominated students must submit an application to be considered.

    Click here to nominate