LANIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Lanier is located at 2600 Woodhead at Westheimer, three blocls east of Shepherd. The school’s main number is 713-942-1900 and the fax number is 713-942-1907. The Vanguard coordinator is Jennifer Garza, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. The Vanguard clerk is Maria Sustaita, her email address is email@example.com.
1. WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE?
Applications for all magnet programs are available beginning October 1, 2015. The website for the online application system is www.hisdchoice.com.
2. WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?
Applications must be entered in the online system no later than December 18, 2015, for guaranteed consideration in the first round. Applications entered after December 18th will be accepted on a space-available basis.
3. HOW DO I APPLY?
4. WHAT IF MY CHILD IS IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL, OR NON HISD SCHOOL NOW?
You may register for testing through the online application system. The testing window for non HISD students is December 12, 2015 – January 16, 2016, at Hamilton Middle School.
5. CAN I APPLY IF MY CHILD WILL BE ENTERING THE 7TH OR 8TH GRADE?
Yes, we do accept applications for 7th and 8th grade students, however space is very limited for these grade levels. All applicants need to have taken the CogAT and Iowa tests within the last 12 months. We do offer testing for these grade levels from December 12, 2015 through January 16, 2016, at Lanier Middle School. If your child needs to be tested, please schedule an appointment through the online application system.
6. HOW MANY STUDENTS DOES LANIER TAKE?
The amount of students we take varies every year, depending on the number of zoned students attending Lanier.
7. WHAT SCORES ARE NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM?
In order for a student to be identified as G/T they need to score at least 62 points on the identification matrix. Points come from the students CogAT test, Iowa test, end of year report card, and teacher recommendation.
8. WHEN ARE WE NOTIFIED?
Notifications of application status will be available on March 24, 2016.
9. HOW DOES THE LOTTERY WORK?
When there are more qualified applicants than space available, a school-specific lottery shall be used to select students. All lottery sessions will be held at Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, by the Office of School Choice. Lottery results are not final until approved by the Office of School Choice.
10. WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ZONED TO LANIER?
Neighborhood students zoned to Lanier are guaranteed a spot at Lanier, and do not need to apply. If you choose to apply, do not rank Lanier as your top choice, as you already have a guaranteed spot at Lanier.
11. IS BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED?
All magnet and zoned students that live outside a two-mile radius from Lanier are eligible for transportation. When filling out the application, if you need transportation, please be sure to check the appropriate box.
12. HOW MANY CLASSES DOES A STUDENT TAKE?
Each student takes eight classes. Lanier is on a block schedule, with four 85 minute classes each day. Students also have a daily GSG class for 25 minutes and a daily study lab class for 30 minutes.
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. The polo shirts may only be purchased for our PTO school store.
14. HOW ARE STUDENTS GROUPED?
At Lanier, our GT students participate in Vanguard IB MYP advanced curriculum core classes and our traditional students participate in our IB MYP core classes that follow an on grade level curriculum. Vanguard students are homogeneously grouped in their core classes. They will have their math, science, individuals and societies, and language and literature classes at an advanced pace with other vanguard students. All of our teachers are G/T certified and teach both Vanguard IB MYP courses and traditional IB MYP courses. However, Vanguard students and traditional students will share the same teachers, but will not share the same core classes.
16. WHAT EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR 6TH GRADERS?
We are currently offering: Speech & Debate, Robotics, Coding, Mariachi Band, Klezmer Band, Polka Band, Model United Nations, UIL Academics, Name That Book, Rugby, Softball, Baseball, Running club, and Tennis.
17. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE?
Our classes range from 25-32 students.
18. HOW MANY COUNSELORS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE THERE?
There are five assistant principals, and one counselor.
19. HOW MANY STUDENTS ATTEND LANIER?
Currently we have around 1,365 students at Lanier- 984 are Vanguard students.