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Magnet school applications for 2019-2020 available on Friday
Press Release
Thursday, September 27, 2018

First School Choice Fair set for Saturday at Sterling HS

Sept. 27, 2018 –  Parents can begin applying for their child to enter a magnet program for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday, Sept. 28.  The district’s first School Choice Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Sterling High School (11625 Martindale, 77048).

HISD offers a robust portfolio of magnet programs at 122 schools to meet students’ academic needs and interests. Magnet programs include:  College & Career Readiness, Fine Arts, International Specialty Schools, International Baccalaureate, Language Immersion Schools, Language Programs, Montessori, S.T.E.M. & S.T.E.A.M., Single-Gender College Preparatory, and Vanguard.  

Dates to remember: 

  • Sept. 28, 2018: Magnet Program applications are available online at, or they can be download at Parents may pick up paper copies from their desired magnet program. Paper applications are also available at the Office of School Choice.
  • Upcoming School Choice Fairs:
    • Sept. 29, 2018: 9 a.m. to noon at Sterling High School, 11625 Martindale, 77048
    • Oct. 20, 2018: 9 a.m. to noon at Washington High School, 119 E. 39th, 77018
    • Nov. 10, 2018: 9 a.m. to noon at Westbury High School, 11911 Chimney Rock, 77035
    • Dec. 1, 2018: 9 a.m. to noon at Milby High School, 1601 Broadway, 77012
  • Dec. 7, 2018: Applications are due for Phase I consideration. Qualified in-district applicants will be entered into lotteries or be offered auditions.

Parents interested in a Vanguard (Gifted & Talented) magnet program may visit or call 713-556-6947. To learn about testing qualifications and dates, visit or call Advanced Academics at 713-556-6954.

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