School Matters Finding your & CHOICE schools expo

If you haven’t marked your calendar yet, grab your pen! 

The Victoria ISD Office of Innovation is so excited to be hosting its second VISD Finding Your “&” CHOICE Expo on Monday, January 10, for all students and families interested in learning about CHOICE Schools in VISD and other programs and pathways available to students. 

CHOICE Schools in VISD include Smith STEM Academy, STEM Middle School, Hopkins and Shields Elementary, Patti Welder Middle Schools, all Personalized Learning campuses, and O’Connor ACE Elementary. 

The expo will take place from 6 to 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. 

When parents/guardians and students enter the CHOICE Expo, they will experience a booth-styled event with a variety of activities and information specific to each program option. Parents and children will have the opportunity to engage with staff and hands-on activities.

All interested students and their families are encouraged to attend the CHOICE Expo and learn about each campus’ school model, pathways offered, the choice factors within the process for parents, and the experiences for students and their families. Students and staff will be present representing programs and campuses, providing a chance for families to gain first-hand experiences on campuses. 

The first 100 families will receive a FREE tote bag and there will be door prize drawings every ten minutes to give away gift cards and donated gift baskets. Attendees will also enjoy a performance by the student Ballet Folklorico group. 

In addition to the Choice Schools, there will also be additional VISD departments present including VISD Head Start, Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), Career and Technology Education (CTE), Summer Programs, Pre-Kindergarten, Fine Arts, Advanced Academics, VISD Connections, Multilingual Department, and Counseling Department, creating a one-stop-shop of information for the 2023-24 school year for VISD families. 

VISD Finding Your “&” CHOICE Expo highlights so many wonderful opportunities in VISD for students to find and pursue their passions.

Information about the CHOICE Schools application period

The enrollment application period for VISD’s CHOICE Schools opens on Monday, January 9, and closes Friday, January 27 at 5 p.m. Notifications of Choice School Selection Acceptance will be sent out on Thursday, February 16th.

To learn more about our CHOICE Schools, visit Victoria ISD on YouTube to view campus highlight videos and visit

Ashley Scott is the executive director of communications and public relations for Victoria ISD.