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Enrollment Update


To All Families Planning to Enroll in HISD in the 2024-2025 School Year:

The Superintendent will provide updates each week with key dates and information about the 2024-2025 enrollment process. This information applies to current families as well as families interested in applying to HISD. There are several updates this week:

1. Gifted and Talented Testing

Some HISD schools require gifted and talented testing in addition to report cards and teacher recommendations as part of the admissions process. If your student is currently in grades K-12 and is interested in attending a school that requires gifted and talented testing for admissions, or if you simply want to request testing for your child, you may do so now. Please use this link to apply for testing for your student.

Families of students currently enrolled in Pre-K will request testing separately in January 2024. Please check the HISD website for updates. Test results will be available before the application window closes.

In previous years, families have not had the results of gifted and talented testing before the application and lottery window closed. This meant that some families were forced to use one of their lottery options on a school their child may not be eligible to attend. To make sure families have all the information they need before the application and lottery process closes, you MUST request testing for your child no later than December 8, 2023.

Here is a list of the schools that require pre-admission testing:


  • HISD administers gifted and talented testing to all second-grade students. Parents of second graders do not need to request additional testing.
  • Families of children previously identified as gifted and talented do no need to request additional testing.

2. School Choice Fairs

HISD hosts several events to give prospective students and their families the opportunity to learn about their campuses before the application process starts. Each fair is organized by grade level (Elementary, Middle, and High Schools) and all 119 magnet campuses participate in each fair:

3. Family Information Sessions

We want your help to improve the school choice application, lottery, and enrollment process. Please attend one of the following Family Information Sessions to learn more about the process, share your feedback, and help shape the future of the District. We will be holding two sessions in each Division. Check out the schedule below for the meeting nearest you:

November 2, 2023

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Kashmere High School (North Division)
Furr High School (Central Division)
Chavez High School (South Division)
Bellaire High School (West Division) 

November 8, 2023

5:30-7:00 p.m.
Waltrip High School (North Division)
Heights High School (Central Division)
Madison High School (South Division)
Sharpstown High School (West Division)

4. Survey and Focus Groups

If you would like to participate directly in the process of improving HISD’s choice enrollment and lottery systems, please sign up here no later than October 25, 2023, to participate in a focus group. Focus groups will be available in English and Spanish. We will contact participants by email on or around October 27, 2023. You can also complete our online survey.