Magnet School Application Window is
January 4, 2021 to January 29, 2021.
Waco ISD offers differentiated learning opportunities and unique instruction with its two elementary magnet school campuses. Hillcrest PDS & Lake Air Montessori Magnet use a random lottery process for student selection rather than geographic boundaries or attendance zones. Any student, including those living outside of the district's attendance boundaries, may apply to one of these magnet programs.
Applications for magnet campuses are accepted only during the designated application period, and parents must complete the online application process. Students currently attending magnet schools are required to complete the online "Intent to Return" form in order to save their child's spot on campus for the following school year.
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Monday, Jan. 4, 8 a.m.
The forms are available online below under "About."
Friday, Jan. 29, 3 p.m.
Registration window closed
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About HPDS & Enrollment Information
Hillcrest Professional Development School (HPDS) is a fine-arts magnet school that focuses on art, music and performance.
At HPDS, students are afforded unique opportunities through "Everywhere Learning." Students experience learning through field trips to places in Waco, outside of Waco and sometimes out of Texas. Through journaling, scripting and being provided the chance to perform on stage, work backstage, run stage lights and handle props, students bring learning to life.
Also, HPDS is Waco ISD's first Professional Development School in collaboration with Baylor University. With Baylor Education students in the classrooms, HPDS students experience smaller student-to-teacher ratios and are exposed to co-teaching. In collaboration with a Baylor Professor and PDS Coordinator, our classroom teachers, our students and the Baylor Education students all work together to create a productive and synergetic learning environment.
Returning Students (grades K-4)
If your child is currently a student at HPDS in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade and they intend to return to HPDS for the 2021-2022 school year, you must complete the intent form below:
Current Pre-K Students
If your child is currently a pre-K student at HPDS, you must apply for the lottery to be considered for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Only one application should be submitted for each student. Multiple submissions for the same student do not increase the likelihood that an application will be accepted; multiple submissions for the same student will be excluded from the final database of applications. You must complete the new student form below:
If your child did not attend HPDS during the 2020-2021 school year and they wish to attend HPDS for the 2021-2022 school year, you must complete a new student application. Only one application should be submitted for each student. Multiple submissions for the same student do not increase the likelihood that an application will be accepted; multiple submissions for the same student will be excluded from the final database of applications. That form is below:
(Pre-K to 5th grade)
About LAMM & Enrollment Information
Lake Air Montessori Magnet School is one of the largest public Montessori schools in the state of Texas, serving Pre-K 3 year olds, through the 8th grade.
At LAMM, we are dedicated to merging the Montessori philosophy with public education curriculum standards.
We are a Professional Development School partnered with Tarleton State University.
LAMM is also the only certified AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Elementary campus in Waco ISD. This is a nationally recognized college and career readiness program.
LAMM's core beliefs include:
LIFELONG LEARNING: We provide engaged, purposeful learning opportunities that promote a love of lifelong learning.
RESPECT: We value self-respect, mutual respect, respect for others, and respect for our environment.
INDEPENDENCE: We value the child's ability to learn independence in a carefully guided and prepared environment.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: We embrace that knowledge of our world and our position in it is the vehicle for creating a path to awareness, understanding, compassion, and true peace. (Middle school trip to NYC to the United Nations: "Global Citizens Action Project")
COMMUNITY: We strive to create a peaceful, supportive, compassionate and welcoming community, where understanding and respect for differences lead to appreciation, self-reflection, confidence, and personal growth.
"GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING"
-LAKE AIR MONTESSORI MAGNET,
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
If your child is now a Pre-K 3 through 7th grade LAMM student, and they intend to return to LAMM for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the intent form below:
If your child did not attend LAMM during the 2019-2020 school year, and they wish to attend LAMM for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the new student form below:
(Pre-K 3 to 8th grade)