Choice Programs

  • Career and Technology

    HISD allows qualified students of HISD residents to participate in vocational programs that are not offered on their zoned campus. The Career and Technical Education-CTE department shall provide the Office of School Choice a list of authorized CTE programs by school on an annual basis.

    Selection of Eligible Schools: The receiving school must have available space in the CTE program.

    Procedures for Applying: 

    • Parent/Guardian submits School Choice paper application to the CTE school of choice or the Office of School Choice or applies using the School Choice online magnet application system.
    • All complete applications must be postmarked by the deadline, which shall be determined annually, shall be processed during Phase 1.
    • A random lottery will be conducted for School Choice programs that have more qualified Phase I applicants than space available.
    • A letter shall be sent to each applicant with program information and qualifying status by the annually established date. 

    Approval Required: The Office of School Choice finalizes the CTE transfer approval based on the student selection via the School Choice lottery and is offered a seat.

    Transportation: Transportation services are provided.

    More Information: http://www.hisdcareerreadiness.org/


    Dual Language

    Provides instruction to students in Spanish and English in order to attain fluency in communicating in both languages when the program is not offered by the zoned school. 

    Selection of Eligible Schools: A School offers a Dual Language program and has space available as determined by the School Support Office.

    Procedures for Applying: 

    • Parent/Guardian obtains the transfer form from the HISD Portal, the receiving school, or the Office of School Choice.
    • Parent/Guardian completes a transfer form requesting the transfer with “Dual Language” as the reason.
    • Signature approval of the Receiving school’s principal is required.
    • The completed transfer form is submitted to the Office of School Choice for processing.

    Approval Required: The Office of School Choice finalizes the Dual Language transfer approval.

    Transportation: Transportation services are not provided.


    International Baccaluareate (IB)

    Transfer approved in order for a student to participate in an IB course of study that is not available at the student's zoned school.  International Baccalaureate schools offer challenging educational programs for students to help develop their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to learn, work, and live comfortably and productively as a citizen of the world. The rigorous and broad IB program empowers students to become dedicated, lifelong, bilingual and biliterate learners who embrace multiculturalism and diversity.  IB schools operate through a nonprofit international foundation that authorizes IB status through an extensive process including teacher training, an IB-team visit, curriculum review, and interviews throughout the school community. 

    Selection of Eligible Schools: Receiving IB – International Baccalaureate School must indicate available space.

    Procedures for Applying: 

    • Parent/Guardian obtains the transfer form from the HISD Portal, school, or the Office of School Choice.
    • Parent/Guardian completes a transfer form requesting the transfer with “IB” as the reason.
    • Signature approval of receiving principal is required.
    • The completed transfer form is submitted to the Office of School Choice for processing.

    Approval Required: The Office of School Choice finalizes the IB transfer approval. 75% of a student’s core courses must be either IB or Pre-IB to continue to be eligible for enrollment on an IB student transfer. When a student is found not eligible for an IB transfer, the student will be required to return to their zone school.

    Transportation: Transportation services will be provided as long as the desired IB school is two or more miles from the student’s address.


    Language of Instruction

    Provides instruction to English Language Learners or Monolingual English speakers at schools that offer the required classes in ESL/Bilingual or in all English classes when the zone school does not offer a Bilingual class or only offers Dual Language classes.

    Students of HISD residents who qualify for a Language of Instruction transfer under TEC § 29.051 if their zoned school does not have a class to provide such instruction at the appropriate grade level. Additionally, Parent/Guardians of students zoned to a school which offers only dual language instruction at the student’s grade-level have the option of requesting a transfer to a school which offers the appropriate English language instruction.

    Selection of Eligible Schools: The designated school that provides the language of instruction with space available will be determined by the Office of School Choice in conjunction with the Multilingual Department.

    Procedures for Applying: 

    • The zoned school completes the transfer and forwards the information to the Office of School Choice.
    • The Office of School Choice confers with the Multilingual Department to identify the nearest school with the required program with space and an established bus route.
    • The Office of School Choice then directs the Parent/Guardian to the receiving school. Approval Required: The Office of School Choice finalizes the transfer.

    Transportation: Transportation will be provided as long as the receiving campus is more than two miles from the student’s address.