Welcome to Houston ISD Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented Education
The Gifted and Talented Department in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) has the primary responsibility of overseeing, supporting, and monitoring the programs for K-12 identified gifted and talented (G/T) students district-wide.
The Houston Independent School District provides two program options for Gifted and Talented (G/T) students:
- Gifted and Talented Neighborhood Programs are designed to meet the needs of G/T students in grades K-12 at their neighborhood (zoned) schools.
- Vanguard Magnet Programs are designed to meet the needs of G/T students in grades K-12 at their Vanguard Magnet school.
It is important to note that in HISD, the term Vanguard is used synonymously with Gifted and Talented (G/T). The Gifted and Talented Programs are designed for G/T students who excel in general intellectual ability, in combination with creative/productive thinking and/or leadership ability. Both Vanguard Magnet Programs and Gifted and Talented Neighborhood Programs provide a differentiated curriculum by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program.