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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Monday, October 17, 2011


The Time to Apply for HISD Magnet Schools for the Next School Year is Quickly-Approaching


The Application Period for HISD Magnet Schools Begins November 7

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier is encouraging parents to visit the HISD magnet school open house on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, located at 4400 West 18th Street.  The open house will take place from 9:00 a.m. until Noon.

Magnet schools offer a theme-based curriculum that allows students to select schools based on their expressed interests, talents, skills, or career path.   A full listing of HISD magnet school options can be found at

“Magnet schools are a great way to fuel a child’s love of learning through their own declared interests,” said Dr. Grier. “We encourage parents to explore your children’s interests and ideas for their future and determine if one of these schools might be right for them.”

HISD is committed to ensuring that every child has equal access to the district’s broad range of school choice options.

“We are working very hard so to make all families become aware of the variety of programs offered in magnet schools,” said Lupita Hinojosa, Assistant Superintendent of School Choice.  “We encourage parents and students who have enjoyed the magnet school experience to please share that information with other families that may benefit.  We have room for more in many of these great schools.”

Fifty-six elementary schools, 26 middle schools and 31 high schools offer a wide variety of programs including Health and Medical Sciences, Fine Arts, Architecture, Aviation, Business, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


HISD will begin accepting applications for elementary school, middle school and high school magnet programs for the 2012-2013 school year beginning November 7, 2011.  The deadline for applications is January 6, 2012.  Notifications for assignments of children to specific schools will take place March 23, 2012.

Those who are unable to attend the open house at district headquarters will have additional opportunities to obtain information and ask questions at a series of parent nights for current fifth and eighth graders.    The dates and locations are as follows:



Parent nights for the upcoming year for magnet middle schools


October 19                  Gregory-Lincoln Elementary School    1101 Taft St.

November 14              Askew Elementary School                   11200 Wood Lodge St.

November 29              Berry Elementary School                     2310 Berry St.

November 30              Crespo Elementary School                   7500 Office City Dr.

December 5                Kolter Elementary School                    9710 Runymeade St.

December 6                Law Elementary School                                   12401 South Coast St.




Parent nights for the upcoming year for magnet high schools



October 25                  Burbank Middle School                                   315 Berry Road St.

October 27                  Lanier Middle School                          2600 Woodhead St.

November 1                Pin Oak Middle School                                    4601 Glenmont St.

November 3                T.H. Rogers School                              5840 San Felipe St.

November 15              Dowling Middle School                                   14000 Stancliff St.

November 16              Ortiz Middle School                             6767 Telephone Rd.

All parent night programs will begin and 6 p.m., except, for the event at Lanier Middle School which will begin at 4 p.m.

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