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A Message from Principal Linda Smith (

Welcome to Sidney Lanier Middle School, home of the Purple Pups.  Lanier Middle School opened its doors to students in 1926 as a Junior High School.  Over the years many notable alumni have passed through Lanier’s hallways.  Walter Cronkite, Denton Cooley, Linda Ellerbee, Brianna Golodryga and Mark White are just a few famous Purple Pups. Lanier’s enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year is 1385 students.  Lanier is a Vanguard/Gifted and Talented Magnet School.  Qualified gifted and talented students who live within Houston ISD may apply and are selected through a lottery system.  Our student population is quite diverse and provides an opportunity for students to build relationships over time and to enhance their middle school experience. We attract students from over 45 HISD elementary schools as well as private schools.   Lanier also has a zoned population where students who live in our attendance zone are automatically accepted to Lanier.  Lanier is the first middle school in HISD to offer an authorized International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) and has been doing so since 2003.  The rigorous IBMYP program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Lanier has won numerous awards and commendations.  Under the new TEA accountability guidelines, Lanier Met Standard and received all three commendations in Mathematics, Reading and Student Progress. Lanier has been an Anti-Defamation League No Place for Hate school since 2006 Lanier has won national debate tournaments, national dance competitions, as well as being among the finest orchestra, band and choir middle school groups in the City of Houston as well as the State of Texas.  We also offer a wide variety of sports and clubs at Lanier.  We invite you to come and visit our school.


Information and commendations

Dennis Huffman recipient of the 2014 Leadership in Education Award from the MIT Club of South Texas

Summer Assignments/Learning Opportunities
Incoming 6th Grade ELA

Lanier Uniform and Gear Store Hours
School Store hours of operation for the for the 2013-14 school year: Store Hours  

HISD Budget
Curious about how HISD collects and spends money? check out this easy-to-understand resource(with video):

Lanier's MathCOUNTS Club Program attained Gold Level status for the second year in a row! Picture

From The Vanguard/Magnet Office
2013-14 Yearbooks
You can buy your 2013-14 yearbook at

2013 IB Evaluation Visit
Lanier Parents, students, and teachers wowed a team led by IB Americas Manager.  Results: many commendations; no matters to be addressed. View the report

Lanier Earns Top-10 Ranking
The respected advocacy non-profit group Children at Risk ranked the best schools in the greater Houston area. Lanier ranked among the top 10 middle schools for the third year in a row! Rankings

MFA Teacher Fellow
Janice Kemp, 6S Cluster Leader and Literacy teacher, has been named a Teacher Fellow by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Teacher Fellows will work with the MFAH education staff to develop a new approach to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum, school and teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at the Museum.  The Kinder Foundation Education Center Teacher Fellows are distinguished teachers from the Houston metro area who have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for innovative teaching and learning methods in their classrooms. The 2011-2014 Teacher Fellows, working with 
MFAH education staff, will develop a new approach to interdisciplinary classroom curriculum, school and teacher resources, and professional development opportunities at the Museum.  These resources will be available for use at Lanier as well.

Letters From Home
Students in Cluster 8A launched a letter-writing campaign in which they thanked military personnel stationed overseas for their sacrifices for our country. More than 125 letters were sent through the A Million Thanks organization.

Smart Kids, Big Hearts
Lanier's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently had a "wish list" drive for Houston's Ronald McDonald House.  Over 2,000 items were donated by Lanier students and delivered by NJHS officers to the house for use by families of children being treated in the Medical Center.

 shoutout pic



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