VISD Choice application

The enrollment application period for VISD’s Choice Schools will open soon. CHOICE Schools in VISD include Smith STEM Academy, STEM Middle School, Hopkins Elementary, Shields Elementary, Patti Welder Middle School, and O’Connor ACE Elementary. Smith STEM and STEM Middle School utilize a STEM instructional model that focuses on hands-on project-based learning. Hopkins and Shields Elementary and Patti Welder Middle School are personalized learning campuses using a variety of stations and small group instruction. 

Come learn more about VISD Choice Schools at the second VISD Finding Your “&” Choice Expo on Tuesday, January 10 from 6 -7 p.m. at the VISD Success Academy (original Stroman campus) located at 3002 E. North St. The expo can be accessed from the parking lot off Ben Wilson.   

At the VISD Finding Your “&” Choice Expo, parents and families can learn more about each campuses’ school model. The expo will be a booth-styled event with teachers, students, and parents promoting choice options in VISD. Participants will include Advanced Academics, Career & Technical Education, P-TECH pathways, Counseling, Personalized Learning and STEM Pathway schools, O’Connor ACE Elementary, Pre-Kindergarten, the Multilingual Department, Fine Arts, Summer Programs, and VISD Connections.

The CHOICE Schools application will open on Monday, January 9, and closes at 5pm on Friday, January 27. Parents will be able to apply for VISD Choice Schools at the expo or complete an application online at If more applications than seats available are received, a lottery will be conducted. Result notifications for Choice School selection acceptance will be emailed to parents/guardians on February 16, 2023. 

To learn more about our CHOICE Schools, check out these campus promotional videos

Smith STEM Academy

STEM Middle School

O’Connor ACE Elementary - Website

Hopkins Elementary, a personalized learning campus

Shields Elementary, a personalized learning campus

Patti Welder Middle School, a personalized learning campus

Visit for information about CHOICE in VISD.