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TeacherHOUSTON- A new online application process and computer-generated lottery have been completed and nearly 50,000 notifications of the Houston Independent School District magnet programs including Vanguard placements for 2014-2015 will be sent to families by email (after 5 p.m.) and postal service Friday.

If parents applied online, they will be notified by email on March 28. If they applied with a paper application, letters reporting the status of their child’s application will be mailed on March 28. Parents will receive a notification from each school to which they applied

“The district has received 16,747 more applications this year than last, with the majority of those received through the new online application system,” said Dr. Lupita Hinojosa, HISD’s School Services Officer. “The increase in applications this year demonstrates the success of our multi-faceted outreach efforts, the online magnet application process, and the excellent theme-based and Vanguard magnet programs we have available at HISD.”

Parents must notify their magnet school of choice of their intention to enroll their child by Friday, April 11. Even if multiple acceptances are received, only one school may be chosen. If a child is not accepted into a requested magnet program, the parent may meet with the school’s magnet coordinator to discuss why their child did not meet the requirements to be considered for that program.

For parents who did not receive a school selection or were wait listed, a school choice event will be held on Saturday, April 26 at Northwest Mall featuring schools that have available space for students. If parents missed the December application deadline, it is not too late.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 22, three days before school begins on Aug. 25. However, students will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Have questions about the selection and notification process? Check out the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Parents may also submit questions via email to We’ll also have a hotline open from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 31 for you to call — the phone number for that is 713-556-6947.