• Transfers

    Families living within HISD may apply to have their child transferred to a school other than their "zoned" campus. Transfers are available for students wishing to attend specialized schools or programs, and for those with special circumstances.


    The student transfer program includes Magnet Program Transfers or Special Transfers.  Magnet Transfers can be completed online or by downloading the application from the magnet website.  You may also download the special transfer form from the transfer department website. The HISD Office of School Choice handles all transfer requests.

    If you need additional information, you may also call the Student Transfer Department at 713-556-6734.


    School Choice Options

    Neighborhood schools are the foundation of HISD's portfolio of educational options. The schools offer a well-rounded curriculum and have a history of community involvement. Students are zoned to a neighborhood campus based where they live. Each neighborhood has a feeder pattern, connecting an elementary school to a middle and high school. The continuity allows for aligned learning from grades K-12.
    Magnet schools offer a theme-based curriculum that allows students to select schools based on their expressed interests, talents, skills, or career path.Teachers receive specialized training aligned to the school’s thematic focus, and strong community/business partnerships support the relevance of the theme with a real-world view. Magnet schools seek to recruit and draw an ethnically diverse student body from throughout the city. 
    Vanguard is a Magnet program that serves students who have been identified as potentially gifted or talented in intellectual ability, creativity, or leadership. A Magnet Vanguard offers a differentiated curriculum that is both accelerated and enriched. Admission to the Magnet Vanguard program requires testing and the use of the Vanguard application. 

    Charter schools are focused on a particular education concept and/or student population. HISD operates five types of charter schools: whole-campus, program (school-within-a-school), cooperative, internal, community-based, and external-campus. All charter schools are accountable under the Texas Education Agency accountability system.
    Montessori is a system of education that is both a philosophy of child development and a methodology of guiding each child’s development to its full potential. In a Montessori School children grow in an environment of mutual respect to become responsible world citizens. Every classroom is equipped with Montessori materials. Children experience a spiraling, connected curriculum founded on Montessori principles.
    International Baccalaureate (IB) is an advanced academic curriculum that focuses on problem-solving and independent critical-thinking skills, which better prepare students for college and a lifetime of learning. 

    Early College High Schools and college-prep programs provide students with an opportunity to get a head start on their college aspirations. Many teens are able to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree simultaneously, effectively saving them thousands of dollars in college tuition. 

    Houston Innovative Learning Zone (HILZ) programs allow students to earn an associate's degree and valuable career certifications to help them land lucrative jobs in some of the region's most in-demand professions, including the fields of medicine, shipping, energy, manufacturing, and computer technology.
    Career Academies provide courses in sixteen different career concentrations to prepare students for jobs in the workforce. Some programs prepare students for vocational certifications, while others offer dual credit courses to give them a head start in college. 
    STEM is a program that offers science, technology, engineering, and math instruction through problem-solving and independent critical-thinking skills, while emphasizing laboratory exploration and hands-on activities.
    Language programs offer students an opportunity to learn one or multiple languages in an instructional setting that integrates subject content presented in English and another language. Models vary depending on the language and school level. This program provides a continuum of learning experiences that lead to the development of advanced-level linguistic skills.
    Fine Arts programs provide specialized instruction in a variety of areas, including strings, band, piano, art, dance, creative writing, and gymnastics. Excellence in the arts is a natural, integrated extension of the academic program. Offerings in each individual school may vary. 

    Out-of-District Transfers
    Out-of-district transfers may be possible on a "space available" and tuition basis for students residing outside of HISD. All out-of-district transfers, including Vanguard and HISD charter school and contract programs, require the approval of the principal and superintendent of schools.
    When the school of choice accepts a student from outside its attendance zone, HISD requires that parents agree to keep the student at the chosen school for the entire school year, and parents must assume responsibility for the student's transportation.