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Prekindergarten Eligibility and Tuition-Based PreKindergarten Students who turn four (4) years of age on or before September 1 of a given school year can apply to our prekindergarten program. Please refer to the links below for more details about prekindergarten eligibility criteria and tuition-based prekindergarten option.
If your address is out of the HISD zone, you will be eligible for Phase III, on a first come, space-available basis. Per Board Policy, Out of District transfers may be accepted into separate and unique school (SUS) magnet programs or campuses that do not have an attendance zone, provided no resident or employee has been denied acceptance due to lack of space. However, the Superintendent must approve out-of-District tuition transfers to SUS magnet programs and specialty programs on a case-by-case basis for students. When exceptions are granted by the Superintendent, tuition shall be charged. Last year, the tuition was around $10,000 for the year.
I applied to MIMS. What happens next?
Pre-K and Kindergarten Phase I applicants are chosen by lottery, with 25% of available spaces reserved for siblings of currently enrolled students (if a sibling is not drawn for one of the dedicated sibling spaces, he or she will be entered into the general lottery).
Notification will be sent by both email (to the email address on file with the online application) and via USPS of the results of the lottery. Your child will either be offered provisional enrollment or you will be notified of your child's position on the waiting list. Enrollment is provisional based on successful completion of further steps, including accepting the position, submitting required documentation, and signing the magnet contract.
1st grade through 5th grade Phase I applicants are required to take Mandarin Chinese proficiency test. Applicants who pass the screener (passing score varies by grade) are all automatically put on a wait list. MIMS will not know how many open spaces there are until closer to the start of the 2019-20 academic year. If any spaces become available, the students on the wait list will be contacted to verify continued interest in attending MIMS.
Any applicants who submitted applications after December 7, 2018 are Phase II applicants. Due to the large number of Phase I applicants, it is not likely that Phase II applicants will be offered spaces. If all Phase I wait lists are exhausted and space is still available, they will be offered to Phase II applicants based on date of application for Pre-K and Kinder and proficiency test for 1st grade-8th grade applicants.
6th grade through 8th grade Phase I applicants for our upper grades who receive an 80 or higher on the Magnet matrix (see www.houstonisd.org/schoolchoice for the matrix and calculator) will be required to take a Mandarin Chinese proficiency test (go to our website at www.mimshisd.org for what to study). The students who meet this requirement are chosen by lottery.
Notification will be sent by both email (to the address on file with the online application) and via USPS of the results of the lottery. Your child will either be offered a provisional enrollment or you will be notified of your child's position on the waiting list. Enrollment is provisional based on successful completion of further steps, including accepting the position, submitting the required documentation, and signing the magnet contract.
We have 2 immersion tracks for 6th and 7th graders, and students will be placed in the appropriate track based upon their proficiency test. Advanced Immersion students have a significant Mandarin background, and Beginner Immersion students have very little Mandarin background.