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   LANIER MIDDLE SCHOOL

FAQ

Lanier is located at 2600 Woodhead at Westheimer, three blocks east of Shepherd.  The school’s main phone number is 713.942.1900 and the Vanguard office extension is 307.   The Vanguard fax number is 713.942.1907.   Camedra Jefferson 's e-mail address is cjeffers@houstonisd.org.

1.    WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE? 

2.  WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?   

Applications must be entered in online system no later than December 19, 2014 for guaranteed consideration in the first round. Applications entered after December 19 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

3.  How do I  Apply?

 Applications can be submitted both online and on paper. You can apply to a total of ten (10) Magnet Programs, including Vanguard. You can apply to a maximum of five (5) Vanguard Programs. Online applications can be submitted on http://www.houstonisdschoolchoiceapplication.com/site.php

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year, will be accepted starting November 3, 2014 and must be submitted no later than December 19, 2014 for guaranteed consideration in the first round of applicants. Applications received after December 19, 2014 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

 

 4.   WHAT IF MY CHILD IS IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL, OR NON HISD  SCHOOL NOW?

Please notify the school that your child needs testing with a note on top of the application. 

The testing window is January 10-17, 2014

 5. CAN I APPLY IF MY CHILD WILL BE ENTERING THE 7TH OR 8TH GRADE?

 Yes, the student will need to take the CogAT again.  We take very few students into the 7th and 8th grade.

 6.    HOW MANY STUDENTS DOES LANIER TAKE?

 We take around 350 students into the sixth grade from the lottery.

 7.   WHAT SCORES ARE NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM?

 No one particular test score qualifies or disqualifies a student.   We do a profile on each student.   The students need to accumulate 62 points to qualify for the lottery.   The points are distributed as follows:

 CogAT                                       Report Card
Teacher Recommendation              Iowa

8.  WHEN ARE WE NOTIFIED?

 You will be notified by mail on March 27, 2015

9.    HOW DOES THE LOTTERY WORK?

All qualifying students’ names are randomly drawn from a container and accepted in the class until the class is full (350 students).  The lottery is done at the Advanced Academics Department.   Those drawn after that are placed on the waitlist in the order they were drawn.   The number of students taken from the waitlist varies year to year.   The waitlist generally ranges from 250-350 students.  In previous years the vanguard middle schools with a waitlist have been Lanier, T.H. Rogers and Hamilton.

 10.  WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ZONED TO LANIER?

 Neighborhood students zoned to Lanier may complete the Vanguard neighborhood application. If they are qualified the student is automatically accepted in the Vanguard/Neighborhood GT cluster.

11. IS BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?

Any student accepted into Lanier’s Vanguard program not zoned to Lanier, is eligible for HISD transportation unless they are within a two-mile radius from Lanier.  Zoned students that live outside a two-mile radius from the school are also eligible for transportation.

 12.   HOW MANY CLASSES DOES A STUDENT TAKE?

Each student takes eight classes, four one day and four the next. Lanier is on a block schedule with four 82 minute classes each day.
 
13.  DOES LANIER HAVE A DRESS CODE?
 Yes, our students are required to wear a uniform that consists of khaki bottoms with polo shirts in red, white or black with LMS embroidered on the front.  

 14.   HOW ARE STUDENTS GROUPED?

Each grade level has three clusters.Did you know that all Lanier Teachers are GT certified? At Lanier, our GT students participate in Vanguard level advanced curriculum core classes and our traditional students participate in core classes that follow an on grade level curriculum. Because we have many more zoned students who have been qualifying for the Vanguard program, because we are working on building one Lanier community, and because we were able to accept more VG Magnet students, we did not have enough traditional students to support an entire cluster. Therefore, our 6th grade clusters have been blended, but the individual core classes have not been blended. The GT/Vanguard courses are not affected by this structural change. Vanguard students will remain homogeneously grouped in their core classes. They will have their math, science, social studies, and literature classes at an advanced pace with other vanguard students in the class- there is no change in that aspect.  In each of the 3 clusters- L, M, and S there will be one class that will follow the traditional on grade level curriculum and those students will take their core classes homogeneously grouped. Advanced students and traditional students will share the same teachers, but will not share the same core classes. 

15.  IS THERE AN AFTER SCHOOL CARE PROGRAM AT LANIER?

Yes! Lanier, has 3 options for afterschool programs. The Havens Center (Sharla Mikeska) 713-528-5819 is the one that meets here at Lanier. Two programs send buses to pick students up from our campus and take them off site- those are the St. Luke’s after school care www.stlukessummercampasc.org 713-402-5075 or the West U/Rice U tutoring through Old School ASC http://www.oldschoolasc.com/eregister/  713-510-3102.

16.    WHAT EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR 6TH GRADERS?

 Any and all clubs –  OM, Student Council, Drama Club, Geography Club, Speech & Debate, and Fiction Writers Club, Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball and Model United Nations. Each year the sixth graders are invited to go to Washington D.C. during Spring Break.     

17. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?

Sixth grade Vanguard/GT classes range from 25-32 students.

18.  HOW MANY COUNSELORS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE THERE?

There are five administrators and one counselor.  

19. HOW MANY STUDENTS ATTEND LANIER?

 Currently we have around 1402 students at Lanier- 985 are Vanguard students.