HISD Magnet Acceptance Letters have been Mailed. What’s Next?

Did you apply for a HISD magnet program?  If so, you may have received the letter notifying you of your acceptance.  Not sure what I’m talking about?  Check our last post HERE.

I’m no expert on the process, but I’ll tell you everything I know on next steps.

If you applied to a Vanguard Magnet school, your child took the test in January.  The letter that came out on March 23, 2012 tells you if your child qualified.  If your child qualified, his or her name was put into a lottery.  If select, your child was accepted into the program. By April 9, you need to fill out the paperwork and register at the school.  If you do not register by this time, you will lose your spot.

If your child qualified, but did not get selected, you have several choices.  Depending on your number on the waitlist you may want to do one of the following things.

1.  Wait on the waitlist and hope you get in.  If you do not, you will attend your zoned school in September.  Since your child qualified, you can take the paperwork to the zoned school and participate in the Neighborhood Vanguard Program.

2.  Check HERE for the list magnet schools that are still recruiting students.   You can apply to another school and still keep your position on your top choice school’s waitlist.

3.  Accept a spot at another non-Vanguard Magnet program that you may have applied to and enroll in the Neighborhood Vanguard Program at this school.

If you applied to a non-Vanguard Magnet school, you submitted an application by January 6, 2012 and you child’s name was put into a lottery.  If select, your child was accepted into the program. By April 9, you need to fill out the paperwork and register at the school.  If you do not register by this time, you will lose your spot.  If you were selected by more than one school you must accept in only one school. 

Once you have accepted a magnet school, you cannot transfer to another magnet school.  If you want to change schools, you must return to your zoned school.

**HOWEVER, I’ve been told by two magnet coordinators that if you accept a spot at one school but are then offered a spot at your top choice school (since you were on the waitlist), you can switch to your top choice school by August 1, 2012.**

For more information, go to the HISD website.

 

 

 


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