About The Waitlist | Families Empowered

About The Waitlist

Tens of thousands of families are waiting.

About the Waitlist

Families Empowered is a non-profit organization, which exists to serve parents as they navigate the education marketplace.

We primarily work with the families waitlisted by high-performing charter school networks in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Parents opt in to receive help from Families Empowered when they apply to one of our partner schools.

By serving the waitlist of multiple school networks, Families Empowered is uniquely positioned to have a birds-eye view of the demand for quality school options in the cities we serve.

Each year, the largest Charter Management Organizations are forced to waitlist thousands of students, as they are unable to meet the demand. To make the selection process as equitable as possible, law requires the schools run a blind application lottery.

In recent years, the waitlist has reached a combined total of 37,527 student applications.

Our Waitlist Map illustrates the scale of demand for choice. We provide this service to educate community leaders, voters, and our elected officials.

Parents are demanding diverse school options and quality choices. Demand is dramatically outpacing current supply. The end result: tens of thousands of children are left waiting.

Houston Map

26,250 children were placed on a waitlist for a Harmony, KIPP Houston or YES Prep public school for the 2016/2017 school year.

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San Antonio Map

IDEA, Great Hearts, Harmony and KIPP San Antonio public schools waitlisted 13,111 children for the 2016/2017 school year.

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Co-exist or Collaborate?

All children in the greater Houston area should have access to a good education that will prepare them well for college or career. Families Empowered teamed with Houston A+ Challenge and Children At Risk to produce a white paper, looking high-quality school choice options available to families in Houston, Texas.


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