Academic Programs - Vanguard Programs and Procedures


HISD's Vanguard programs serve students who have been identified as potentially gifted or talented in intellectual ability, creativity, or leadership. Vanguard offers a differentiated curriculum that is both accelerated and enriched. Students typically study interdisciplinary units that emphasize higher-level thinking skills, problem-solving, and creativity. The Vanguard program requires testing, Click HERE for an application in PDF format. 


The Houston Independent School District is proud to provide parents with a wide variety of choice in public education through its
Magnet programs. In Magnet schools, students develop their special talents while enhancing their learning capacities. To the right is a description of the application process; inside are program descriptions, locations, and phone numbers. As you explore the Magnet program offerings, keep in mind that academics are always the primary focus on all HISD campuses. 

Also included is an application to Magnet programs (you may apply to as many programs as you like) as well as a separate application for Vanguard programs. Vanguard programs serve students who have been identified as potentially gifted or talented in intellectual ability, creativity, or leadership. Please note: on your Vanguard application, specify the three Vanguard schools you would like to attend and submit the application to your first-choice school. 

The application process for acceptance into a Magnet program is outlined below. Remember that the application process for HISD's Vanguard programs varies slightly (differences are noted in italics).

Parents should become familiar with Magnet programs by: 

• Attending Magnet Awareness Week activities (November 8 - 12, 1999) 

• Scheduling tours at schools with programs that interest them (Nov.­Jan.) 

• Attending Open House at the Hattie Mae White Administration Building (Nov. 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.) 

• Parents get application from Magnet program school or call 713-892-6262, or applications are available online, in PDF
format here.

• Parents collect required records from their
child's current school (see application for

• Parents complete application form. 

• Parents submit form to Magnet program school (no limit to the number of programs you can apply to). Form must be submitted by February 1, 2000. Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. 

NOTE: Parents submit only one Vanguard application to the first-choice school. 

• School notifies parents if and when their child is scheduled for any tests, interviews, or auditions. 

NOTE: All Vanguard programs require testing for acceptance. 

• School notifies parents, by mail, that their child has or has not been accepted to the program (March 30, 2000). 

• Parents notify Magnet program (one program only) that they accept the invitation for their child to attend by returning acceptance documents by April 7, 2000.

• Parents complete registration materials provided by school. 

• Parents follow enrollment procedures as Indicated by school. 

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