Admissions Process

1. Academic Testing

As part of the Honors Academy application process, all students must have a quantitative academic measurement. Please sign up for testing to be given at Houston High School during the following dates and times. Testing lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Option A:

The ACT Explore, an 8th grade version of the ACT,  will be given at Houston High School during the following dates and times. Testing lasts approximately 2.5 hours. You DO NOT need to register with the ACT, but you DO need to sign up for a testing date.


Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 9 AM:

Option B: If you have already taken a nationally normed achievement test (e.g. Pre-ACT, PSAT, ISEE, ERB, Iowa) these may be accepted to meet this requirement with approval from the admissions committee. You will need to upload a copy of the results on the application.



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2. Prepare your Writing Sample


Writing Prompt:


People rely on cell phones to communicate with each other through phone calls and texts, connect to the world using the Internet, and rely on apps to complete everyday tasks, like asking Alexa to turn on the lights. Many people feel lost, or sometimes even depressed, without their cell phones. Is this normal? How did we get to this place? Based on the articles, do you believe cell phones are controlling the way that people live and communicate?



Article 1

Article 2

Article 3

Article 4


  • To support your ideas, cite textual evidence from at least three of the provided articles and incorporate specific examples from your own knowledge and experience. ​

  • Be sure to identify your sources by the author’s last name.

  • Remember that your response will be evaluated on your understanding of the articles and on the quality of your writing.


Your essay should be between 500-600 words in length. After composing your essay in a word processing program, you will need to copy it into the box on the application form.

3. Fill out the Application
  • Have your writing sample ready to copy and paste into the form

  • If you have outside standardized testing (Option B above) gather those score reports. If you took the ACT Explore at Houston High, you DO NOT need those score reports to complete your application.

  • Current Semester Grades

  • List of School Sponsored Activities

  • List of Extra Curricular Activities

  • Community Service Experiences

  • Examples of Leadership

Application Link

4. Interviews
  • Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their application responses, test scores, grades, and writing samples.

Honors Academy Statement of Intent (please print, sign, and bring to interview)

5. Acceptance Confirmation
  • Students must confirm acceptance to keep their spot.

  • Students must register for at least 3 honors classes including Honors English.

  • Open Enrollment applicants must complete open enrollment process with GMSD.