Houston ISD Magnet Schools
According to the district, Houston Independent School District is the largest in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. Approximately 211,000 students throughout Houston attend 282 schools. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 15% were Gifted/ Talented and 92% of students were categorized as Title I, "economically disadvantaged."
Public Magnet School programs in the Houston area are usually structured in three different ways:
It is also important to note that regardless of their other program offerings, most HISD Magnet Schools offer specialized academics for Gifted/ Talented students. Of the schools listed below, all of those which do not have Dedicated Vanguard Magnet or Schoolwide Vanguard programs offer Vanguard Neighborhood programs.
Elementary Schools (PreK-5)
Harvard Elementary School
Founded in 1898 in the Houston Heights, Harvard Elementary began with 30 students in five grades. The school is still at its original location. Before it was officially named after the street on which it is located, it was known as “Houston Heights School No. 2.” The school’s mission is “to empower each student with global awareness, knowledge, skills and values necessary to make a better world.” Harvard Elementary is an IB World School and also offers STEM Magnet and G/T programs.
Combined Schools (PreK-8)
Woodrow Wilson Montessori School, founded in 1925, serves students in grades PreK-8. Wilson Montessori is still in its original building at the site of the home of Mirabeau T. Lamar, the second President of the Republic of Texas. The school advertises itself as a diverse community which promotes “safety, high achievement, creativity and teamwork.” In 2005, Wilson Montessori became Houston’s first public all-Montessori school.
Middle Schools (6-8)
Lanier Middle School
Lanier was founded in 1926 as Lanier Junior High School, one of the first junior high schools in HISD. It takes its name from Southern poet Sidney Lanier. Lanier Middle School still occupies its original building, although it has undergone many renovations to upgrade its existing facilities. Lanier’s mission is to “provide a relevant rigorous academic curriculum in order to encourage students to become self-directed lifelong learners who are innovative problem solvers, effective communicators, open minded thinkers, and caring participants in their local and global communities.” The school offers a G/T Vanguard magnet program geared toward challenging students who have exceptional abilities, and it is also the only HISD middle school to offer the IB Middle Years Program.
Combined Schools (6-12)
Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy is an all-girls, college preparatory HISD magnet school with middle and high school divisions. The school was opened with the support of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, which gave $1 million to fund the initial development of the academy. Young Women’s College Preparatory opened in 2011 with grades 6 and 9, with the other middle and high school grades added incrementally over the subsequent years. In fall 2014, it is welcoming students in grades 6-12 for the first time. The school originally held classes in a temporary facility, formerly the Civic Learning Center, but it has since moved to its permanent campus on Cleburne St.
High Schools (9-12)
Bellaire High School
Bellaire High School, founded in 1955, was the first International Baccalaureate School in Texas. With its IB program and its World Languages magnet program, Bellaire’s goal is to create “…active learners, well-rounded individuals, and engaged citizens, who gain the practical experience of being part of an international community.” The city of Bellaire and parts of Houston, such as Meyerland and Braesmont, are zoned to Bellaire High School.