• Parental Choice in Education

    The Houston Independent School District is proud to provide parents with a wide variety of choices in public education through its Magnet programs. In Magnet schools, students develop their special talents while enhancing their learning capacities. As you explore the Magnet program offerings, keep in mind that academics are always the primary focus on all HISD campuses.  For more information regarding individual Magnet programs, click HERE.




    HISD uses an on-line application system.  Parents will have the option of using the on-line application system or paper applications when applying for the 2023-2024 school year.  All applications will be available in December 2022.  More information will be coming out soon!


    You may apply to up to five Magnet schools for the 2023-2024 school year.  Once you have made your school selections, you will have to designate one school as your Primary Choice school.  Your Primary Choice school is the school that will manage your paperwork.  This is the school where you will turn in all the required paperwork.  There is no other significance to selecting your Primary School.  If you apply to both a Vanguard Magnet program and a regular Magnet program, you will be required to select the Vanguard Magnet program as your Primary Choice campus.  If you are entering kindergarten, you will be able to sign up for GT evaluation in the Vanguard Magnet application.  Travis Elementary accepts applications for the Vanguard Magnet for Entering Kindergarten ONLY. 

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  • Magnet Program Dates and Deadlines 

    Magnet Events and Timelines 



    September 18, 2021

    October 2, 2021 

    October 16, 2021

    Octover 30, 2021

    Virtual School Choice Fairs

    @Mircosoft Teams

    from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    (More information to come)




    Dates                                                                      Magnet Application Timeline        

    September 17, 2021

    Phase 1 opens; applications may be submitted online or submit a paper application to the Office of School Choice located at Hattie Mae White
    November 11, 2021 Phase 1 closes; last date to change application ranks
    January 28, 2022 Notifications of application status available