Magnet Application Process

    Important Dates and Deadlines for 2020 – 2021 Enrollment

    Application Window Opens: Friday, September 27, 2019

    Application Window Closes: Friday, December 6, 2019

    *Students Can Apply to a Maximum of 5 Schools* 



    • Review your student’s interests and needs and look for alignment with specific Magnet programs. 
    • Use the information and links at www.HoustonISD.org/SchoolChoice
    • Consider how you will rank your choices. You will have a limit of 5 choices. (It is recommended that parents weigh their options carefully and consider the following: if you apply to 5 Vanguard programs, and a student has not been identified as G/T prior to the Phase I deadline and subsequently does not qualify as G/T, the student will not be considered for any of the Vanguard programs you applied to.) 


    • If you have used the system before, please use your previous account. 
    • Paper applications are available online, at any Magnet program, or from the Office of School Choice. (Online applications provide more options for tracking and staying up-to-date.) 
    • Make sure to sign and submit your application. 
    • Qualified applications submitted Between dates - TBD and TBD, will be entered into any lotteries. Deadline to be entered in the lottery is date- TBD


    • For elementary programs, only Vanguard applications may require documentation. 
    • Please be on the lookout for emails or phone calls related to your application. 


    • Check your SPAM folder to ensure you are not missing any information. If at all possible, do not use a Hotmail account, as the service usually blocks emails from HISD. 
    • By midnight on date -TBD, notification of the application status will be viewable online and letters will be sent to all parents via USPS mail. 


    • If your student has been offered a seat in a program, you have two weeks to provide proof of residence and sign an entrance agreement.
    • If your student was not offered a seat on March 21, 2019, but has been placed on a wait list, stay alert for changes in application status throughout the summer. You may be able to submit additional applications to programs with more room.