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    August isn’t far away! While your options for the coming school year may be limited, don’t give up just yet.

    There are many schools still accepting applications for the 2018/2019 school year. We are updating this map as more information comes in about other enrollment opportunities.

  • Navigating the School Marketplace

    This Austin mom found the right schools for two kids - read her story on the Families Empowered blog.

  • 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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A Parent Empowerment Approach to School Quality

05/08/2018 6:48:10 PM

At Families Empowered, we believe parents have power, and that, when given accurate information paired with opportunity, parents will use everything in their power to provide for the best for their children.

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ApplyHouston: The First Application Season

05/08/2018 6:35:08 PM

In Houston, there are over 130 charter schools. Each district has its own application process and deadlines – some even have separate application processes for each campus.

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Open Seat Update

04/04/2018 5:17:31 AM

Are you looking for a spot for your student for the 2017/2018 school year? Families Empowered can help!

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Houston students, parents celebrate school choice at Minute Maid Park event

01/31/2018 5:37:43 PM

The event, titled “Stronger Together, A Celebration of School Choice” marks the end of National School Choice Week, a public campaign to make K-12 students and their parents aware of options in education.

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Houston parents have many school choices. That can be tricky.

01/30/2018 5:24:50 PM

Houston has been a national leader in the school choice movement for decades. Educational options flourish here. Houston ISD – the seventh-largest school district in the country – has one of the nation's most robust magnet school programs, including some of the highest-ranked programs nationally.

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Hurwitz, McAdams: ApplyHouston.org brings efficiencies to K-12 charter school applications

01/20/2018 8:00:37 PM

In November, Houston became the next city in America to take a step forward for access and equity in public education options. Using ApplyHouston.org, parents in the Houston metro area can now apply to many of Houston's public charter schools with one shared application.

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