• HISD is an open enrollment district where a family can apply to any school in the district that meets a student’s needs. The School Choice process allows families to choose among hundreds of neighborhood and specialty school options in a single application.

    Who should apply?

    Students interested in attending a school that is not their zoned school for the first time should apply. 


    Who does not need to apply?

    Students who want to attend their zoned school do NOT need to apply unless they are applying for the first time to a magnet within their school. Additionally, students who obtained a spot at their campus in previous years do not need to reapply; they will be automatically enrolled in the next grade. 


    Most Important Dates 

    • 1/18: Application opens. Parents rank up to 10 choices in the application. To be considered in the lottery, applications must be submitted before application closes. Date of application does not influence result as long as choices are submitted before application close. 

    • 2/23: Application closes. All rankings and required documents must be submitted. 

    • 3/26: Parent Notification Day. Families offered one seat based on lottery results. 

    • 4/9: Deadline for families to accept seat offered in Phase I 

    • Starting 3/26, parents will be able to apply for schools with space available. They will also be able to add themselves to a waitlist if a school is full. 

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    Visit Campuses to Learn more!

    Fall School Choice Thursdays are extended into the spring, and you are welcome to tour any HISD Magnet school on the following dates and times. Please contact individual schools before visiting to sign up for the tour. 

    • January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15 and February 22 

    • High schools at 1:00 PM 


    Need additional assistance with the application?

    School Choice Application Clinics are places parents can go to receive in-person support to submit their application. 

    • Saturday Clinics: Offered from 9 AM - 2 PM at two locations across HISD 

    • 1/27: Kashmere & Sterling 

    • 2/3: Austin & Bellaire 

    • 2/10: Northside & Yates 

    • 2/17: Booker T Washington & Westbury

    • School Choice Bus Clinic: Bus will tour high traffic locations and neighborhoods daily to assist parents to apply. Go to Parent Resources at houstonisd.org/schoolchoice to find a bus stop near you!

    • Afterschool Mini Clinic: One-hour clinic offered at all elementary and middle school campuses on February 15 and February 22. School staff will assist parents to apply for school choice. 

    The application asks for my student's student ID#. Where can I find that?

    The Student ID# is found on your student’s report card, progress report, test reports, and other communications from your student’s school. You can also find it online at HISD Parent Student Connect. If you are unable to find it, please contact your student’s current school. 



    Apply Here: https://choosehisd.my.site.com/Apply/SiteLanding

Last Modified on March 21, 2024