HISD has been an open-choice district for more than 40 years. This means that students are not limited to their neighborhood — or zoned — schools, but may apply to the district’s many magnet programs. These include language-immersion schools, Vanguard/GT schools, STEM programs, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, dual language, fine arts, and more. For a complete list of magnet programs, details on how to apply, and deadlines, please see HISD School Choice.
Phase 1: Sept. 19 - Nov. 6, 2020 Qualified in-district applications received during this phase will be entered into lotteries or be offered auditions.
K-12 Notification Date:
January 28, 2021
Notification Date Offers*
For offers received on January 28, 2021, applicants are provided until February 26, 2021 to respond to the offer and make arrangements to confirm the offered seat.
Phase 2: Nov. 7 - March 12, 2021* Qualified in-district applications received during this phase will be offered auditions or seats on a space available basis Phase 3: March 13 - onwards In-district applicants new to HISD and out-of-district applications will be considered on a space available basis. April 9, 2021* Last day for applicants to respond to the offer and make arrangements to confirm the offered seat.
Phase 1: Sept. 19 - April 30 Qualified in-district, TEA Eligible and Tuition-based applications during this phase will be entered into lotteries but have separate notification dates.
Notification Date to TEA Eligible:
May 20, 2021
Notification Date to Tuition-based:
June 3, 2021 Phase 2: May 1 - ongoing