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    We know you want your kids in a GREAT school. Families Empowered can help.

    Join us for an Application Night, and get help understanding the process and submitting your school applications. Apply to 50+ schools using our Apply Houston common app!

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  • One Application, Multiple Schools. Your Choice.

    With ApplyHouston.org, you can complete one Pre-K to 12th grade school application and submit it to multiple schools with 50+ school choices.

    Apply to KIPP Houston, YES Prep, Promise Community Schools and more TODAY at ApplyHouston.org.

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  • It’s Primetime.

    With the school year starting, applications for the next school year will be opening.

    Before you try to find the best-fit school for your child, we've outlined steps to help make the process a little easier!

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  • Apply now for HISD School Choice programs

    The application period for Houston ISD's school choice options is now open for the 2018-19 academic year.

    Pick 5 magnet schools and rank your preferences - but don't miss first-round deadline.

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  • What Are My Options?

    When it comes to your child's education, you understand his or her unique needs better than anyone else.

    Learn more about the types of education options available.

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Our Mission


Our mission is to empower families to engage in a marketplace of schools.

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What is School Choice?


When it comes to your child’s education, you know his or her unique needs and goals better than anyone else. Know your options when selecting the right school for your child.

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It's Primetime.

09/28/2017 10:32:39 AM

Now is the time to apply and plan for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Hurricane Harvey Resources

09/14/2017 6:06:00 AM

Hurricane Harvey left a devastating impact on the families of southeast Texas. We've collected available resources for parents in one place. Here's what you need to know about Harvey recovery.

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Advocating For Others

09/14/2017 8:11:01 AM

Read the story of one parent who continues to remain active in the school choice movement.

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Public charters fight uphill battle for facilities funding

09/21/2017 3:50:43 AM

Charter schools, seeking more state money, want the public to know that they're public schools, too. "Parents looking for better options than their local traditional public school don't usually care about whether a school is public or private," said Colleen Dippel who heads Families Empowered."

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As families wait for charter schools, leaders ask for more state funds

09/21/2017 3:58:43 AM

Charter school leaders said at a news conference Wednesday that the only way to lessen the number of students on the wait list is for the Texas Legislature to better fund charter schools so more could be opened in the Houston area. A map of where each student on the wait list lives shows where the demand is still the greatest: areas of Third Ward, Fifth Ward, the Near Northside up through Aldine, Sharpstown and Westchase.

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Parents protest for school choice

09/21/2017 4:05:56 AM

Across Houston thousands of parents believe they should be able to choose which school their child attends, and they’re hoping 5,000 letters will get lawmaker’s attention. On Wednesday morning, dozens of parents and educators showed off the 5,000 letters at KIPP Academy, asking lawmakers for equal public charter school funding. Currently, charter schools receive about $1,000 less per student than a traditional public school. That is money that KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg says would help thousands of other kids trying to get in.

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Application Night: YES Prep White Oak 12/07/17

11/29/2017 6:41:07 PM

Families Empowered’s Application Night is here to help you get your child into a school of your choice. You want your kids in a GREAT school. Families Empowered can help.  

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Application Night: KIPP Prime 01/11/18

11/02/2017 6:01:36 PM

Families Empowered’s Application Night is here to help you get your child into a school of your choice. You want your kids in a GREAT school. Families Empowered can help.  

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Application Night: KIPP Nexus 01/23/18 (National School Choice Week)

11/01/2017 6:05:44 PM

Families Empowered’s Application Night is here to help you get your child into a school of your choice. You want your kids in a GREAT school. Families Empowered can help.  

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