Due to technical problems in the application system the 2022-2023 HISD School Choice application will pause and tentatively open next Friday, September 17th. If you have already started an application, know that your information & account will still be intact.
Students who do not reside in the Lamar attendance zone must apply and be approved for a transfer through the HISD Office of School Choice. Phase I applications will tentatively open on September 17, 2021 and close on November 1, 2021. All qualified students who apply during Phase I will be placed in a lottery for the individual programs for which they have applied. Qualified Phase I applicants who are not offered a seat will be placed on the waiting list. Students who apply during Phase II will be considered in the order that they apply if/when space becomes available. Phase III is reserved for students who are not currently enrolled in HISD. Current HISD students cannot apply during Phase III and must submit an application before the Phase II deadline on March 10, 2022.
For additional information about the transfer process through HISD click here.
Students interested in Lamar are HIGHLY encouraged to apply for more than one program. You should rank the programs in order of interest and understand that if you are accepted to your first-choice program you will have to reapply in order to make a change.
Students who apply during Phase I will be asked to rank their schools and programs. Students will be placed in individual lotteries for each school/program they apply for. If a student is offered a seat at their first choice, then all the additional choices will drop from their list. If they are offered a seat at their third choice and are placed on the waiting list for school/program #1 and #2 they can accept the seat at their third choice and remain on the waiting list for their first and second choice.
Lamar offers a variety of transfer options for students. Each option is outlined below with qualification standards.
The Lamar High School Business Administration Magnet Program is a unique college-preparatory program with courses designed for students with an interest in all areas of business.
Applicants must have an 80 or above on the district Magnet Matrix and are eligible for HISD transportation.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Lamar is committed to educating the whole student and we understand that students finding their passion is an integral part of their high school experience. CTE programs create an educational environment that combines core academics with real-world applications. These pathways prepare students for success in college and careers by helping them develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor, and real-world experience for high-skill, high-demand, and highly successful careers. Our pathways offer a rigorous course of study which enhance the learning in the student’s traditional core subjects.
We offer CTE transfers in the following Pathways:
Exercise Science and Wellness
Applicants must have a 70 or above (80 or above for Computer Science) on the district magnet matrix and are eligible for HISD transportation.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students on an IB transfer must complete the requirements for the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. They will be placed in advanced core courses in grades 9 and 10 to prepare for the rigor of the IB Diploma Programme. Students must receive at least one high school foreign language credit in one of the languages offered at Lamar (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese) and receive Algebra 1 credit in middle school to be considered for an IB transfer. Additionally, students must receive a 90 on the magnet matrix to qualify. Students are eligible for HISD transportation.
This transfer is only available for students who live in the Wisdom High School attendance zone. Students must live in the Wisdom attendance zone while on this transfer. If the student moves out of this attendance zone they will forfeit their Boundary Option transfer and need to apply for a new transfer. Students on a Boundary Option transfer are not eligible for HISD transportation.
Out of District
Students who live outside of the HISD attendance boundary can apply for an Out of District transfer. Applicants will only be considered during Phase III if space is available. Students must have an 80 on the district magnet matrix and are not eligible for HISD transportation.
Hardship, School-based employee, Etc.
Please reach out to Ms. Titus before submitting an application for these transfers to discuss circumstances and qualifications. Students on Hardship transfers are not eligible for HISD transportation.