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FAQ

Application and Admission Process

The application process for acceptance into an ECISD Magnet program is outlined below:

You can complete a magnet application on-line here or by visiting our Magnet office at 802 N Sam Houston.

All students from 3 years of age to 5th grade have the opportunity to apply for enrollment in one of ournine magnet schools as long as parents reside outside of the magnet school attendance zone. Morning and afternoon transportation will be provided to all magnet students who reside outside a two-mile radius from the assigned magnet campus.

Students residing outside the magnet school attendance zone and who are interested in attending must submit a magnet application on-line between February 1st and March 10th. Non-residents of Ector County may also apply during this window and will be considered after applications from students residing in Ector County are processed.

 

Magnet School Enrollment Process

Enrollment in magnet schools will occur in three phases.

Phase One: Returning Students

  • Letters of Intent will be sent home with current magnet students in January to reserve their magnet seat for the upcoming school year.
NOTE: Do not submit an application on-line for returning magnet students. You only need to complete and return the letter of intent by the designated due date.


Phase Two: Incoming Siblings

  • Incoming siblings will be given priority, room permitting.
  • Application must be submitted on-line prior to March 10th deadline in order to receive sibling priority.


Phase Three: General Enrollment

Placement will occur from the following groups, in this order, using a random selection process, in effort to diversify our campuses without using race as a sole, or even primary, determinant of diversity.

  • All remaining applicants who are Ector County residents, and
  • All applicants who are non-residents of Ector County. If students are accepted into a magnet school program, ECISD transportation is not available.

 

Additional Requirements

Some programs require additional requirements. 

Reagan & Hays Magnets

In addition to the on-line magnet application needed for Hays and Reagan, the following information must be presented to your campus of choice on or before the March 10th deadline:

1.  Printed copy of magnet application;

2.  KINDERGARTEN Applicants:

  • Prekindergarten report card must be presented (when applicable).
3.  GRADES 1 through 5:
  • Copies of report cards, both current and all previous grades. Students must be at grade level or above (80) in all subjects, have a history of 95% attendance (no more than 10 absences), including tardies and have acceptable behavior (S and E);
  • Copies of any standardized test results, such as STAAR, IStation, or CogAT
  • Copies of any documents indicating Gifted & Talented (GT) identification


All eligible applicants are given a standardized test to measure the basic skills needed to be successful in our academic program. Applicants who score at or above the 50th percentile qualify for our program, and if selected via lottery, will be placed in the program.

**If you do not have records in your personal files, please request copies from previous and present schools.

NOTE: After we receive and review all applicable documentation you will be scheduled for testing.

Students who do not complete this portion of the application process will not be considered for lottery selection process.

Austin Montessori & Milam Magnets

Parents who submit an application for students to Austin Montessori or Milam Magnets must attend an orientation session before the student will be considered during the lottery. The last day to submit an application is March 10th, 2017. The sessions are brief (30 minutes) and are designed to explain the individualized curriculum, student expectations, and the parental commitment that is required.

All sessions will begin promptly at times scheduled and doors will be closed after session begins. During school hours please sign in at the office. You will then be directed to the location of the orientation session. See application for dates.

Cameron Dual Language Magnet

Parents who submit an application for students to Cameron Magnet must attend an orientation session before the student will be considered for the lottery. The last day to submit an application is March 10, 2017. The sessions are brief (30 minutes) and are designed to explain the individualized curriculum, student expectations, and the parental commitment that is required.

All sessions will begin promptly at times scheduled and doors will be closed after session begins. Students in grades 2 - 5 are also given a language proficiency test to measure the level of proficiency in English and Spanish. This is required in order to determine whether the student will be successful in our dual language program. See application for dates.

Alamo, Blackshear, Travis and Zavala Magnets

Alamo, Blackshear, Travis, Zavala only require an on-line application. They do not have additional requirements.

 

The Online Application Process

Q. How long does it take to complete the online application process? Typically, the process should take from roughly 10 minutes.

Q. What if I do not have access to a computer? Please contact the school for assistance.

Q. Is there another way of submitting an application other than online? No, the application process is strictly electronic.

Q. Once I've submitted the application electronically, how will I know that the submission is successful? Once the application is completed online, you will receive a generated message based on the email address you provided when you created an account.

Q. Should I allow anyone else to use my account? It is the user's responsibility to protect the integrity of any information entered in the system. This includes but is not limited to passwords or personal information about you or your child. You must also agree not to share your login information or password with anyone except a parent or legal guardian.

Q. My account has been disabled because I've attempted to login too many times. Should I set up another account? No. You must call the Office for an administrator to assist you.


Selection Process
Q. Are students selected based on a first-come, first serve process? All eligible applications submitted by the application deadline will be entered into the lottery. Students are selected based on pre-defined Board-approved criteria (if applicable) such as: sibling and staff priorities.

Q. How is the lottery conducted? An external consultant conducts the lottery for each application period using Board approved criteria.

Q. When will parents be notified if they are selected to participate in a program? Parents will receive notification by email if their child has been selected once the lottery has been completed.

Q. What if my child is not selected for the initial lottery process? Once the initial emails have been sent to those students who are accepted, parents must accept the seat and/or participate in a screening process. Once vacancies become available, students in the waiting pool will be offered seats using the selection process.

Our Mission

Ector County Independent School District’s magnet schools are committed to promoting personal and academic excellence by providing student opportunities to explore and discover their unique strengths and abilities to positively impact their lives and the world around them.