HISD closing 20 under-enrolled magnet programs


Magnet programs at some elementary, middle, and high schools will close at the end of the school year. The district is closing the programs because they don't draw enough students from outside the school's neighborhoods.

The good news is that students currently enrolled in these programs will be allowed to continue attending their school until they complete the highest grade level at those campuses.

At the same time HISD is phasing out less popular magnet programs, the district is also adding new magnet programs designed to meet current demand. Last month, HISD won a $12 million federal grant for six magnets that emphasize science, technology, engineering, and math instruction.

Magnet programs that are being eliminated after the current school year are located at the following schools: Burbank, Elrod, Law, Pleasantville, Wesley, and West University elementary schools; Attucks, Deady, Dowling, Holland, Jackson, Key, and Patrick Henry middle schools; and Jones, Lee, Madison, Sharpstown, Westbury, Wheatley and Worthing high schools.

HISD is currently hosting several school choice fairs across the district to inform parents of the different educational choices available to their children as they transition into middle and high school.

Magnet applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be accepted from Nov. 4 to Dec. 20, 2013 for guaranteed consideration in the first round of applicants. For more information, contact the Office of School Choice at 713-556-6947 or visit houstonisd.org/magnet. HISD School Choice fairs will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

(School Choice Fairs for elementary school students transitioning to middle school in 2014-2015)

  • Oct. 22: Crespo Elementary School, 7500 Office City
  • Nov. 5: Walnut Bend Elementary School, 10620 Briar Forest
  • Nov. 12: Roberts Elementary School, 6000 Greenbriar
  • Nov. 19: Shadydale Elementary School, 5909 Tidwell
  • (School Choice Fairs for middle school students transitioning to high school in 2014-2015)

  • Oct. 17: Dowling Middle School, 14000 Stancliff
  • Oct. 24: Stevenson Middle School, 9595 Winkler
  • Nov. 7: Revere Middle School, 10502 Briar Forest
  • Nov. 14: Pin Oak Middle School, 4601 Glenmont
  • Nov. 21: Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell
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