As you are planning your school choice options, it is important to know some submission basics: such as what type of application will be needed (paper or electronic); which forms are necessary; what are the important deadlines; the general timeline; and guidelines for tracking your application through the process.
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| DUE DATES
||Houston ISD Magnet
||HISD has one
common application for all non-Vanguard magnet programs. Complete ONE
application and list your child's 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice schools.
Applications received after Jan. 11 will be accepted on a space-available
||KIPP Houston Applications
asks parents to "agree" they have read and understood the lottery
process before accessing the online applications. Beginning Feb. 1, names submitted will be
added to the grade levels based on availability on a first-come, first-served
||YES Prep Applications
to YES Prep must be completed online. YES Prep Northbrook (a partnership with
Spring Branch ISD) will receive applications from January 8 - February 13.
Letters with results will be sent the week of March 18th.
Varies by school
(as late as April)
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has an interactive map where you can find
Catholic school options near you. Click on the school icon to learn about
their application process and deadlines. Many schools have scholarship
applications available as well. Find a school.
applications open February 22, 2013
||Harmony Public Schools
|| Families must
complete a separate application for each individual Harmony school.
Application season officially opens January 10, 2013.
||Other HISD Transfer Options
offers many different types of transfers available to families based on space
availability in schools and other factors. HISD's Transfer Descriptions and
Timelines provides a resource of these dates.
Houston Independent School
District: HISD's Early Childhood
Department is a great resource for parents
to learn about pre-K programs, options for families and links to applications.
Be aware that pre-kinder applications and deadlines vary by school.
KIPP Houston: offers PK-3 and PK-4
options. Learn about various KIPP campus zip code areas and grade level
entry, plus details about KIPP's lottery process and how to apply here.
Catholic Schools: Many Catholic
Parishes house PK-3 through 8th Grade schools. Find a school near you
through the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston's interactive map.
Kindergarten through High School
Kindergarten is a fundamental entry point to many elementary schools.
While students can apply to schools at any time throughout elementary
school, Kindergarten is the best entry point to a school of choice.
In HISD,a student's
performance (grades, behavior, standardized test scores, etc.) in 4th grade is
used to determine entry to middle schools beginning in 6th grade.
- HISD's Magnet Office provides
applications to magnet schools as well as links to Vanguard programs and
- Other School Choice options
exist in HISD such as transfers from within the district as well as
transfers from other districts.
In charter schools, entry points vary by
grade levels, depending on the school.
Spring Branch ISD, accepts transfer
applications from within the district as well as from outside the district.
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