• Vanguard Magnet Program Information

     For Vanguard Magnet inquiries, contact Ms. Bomersbach, Magnet Coordinator, at jbomers1@houstonisd.org for all Magnet Application processing and testing information.
    Vanguard is the name for HISD’s gifted and talented program (GT). To be designated as a GT student, one must demonstrate academic performance above and beyond the average student. The district uses measures in achievement and ability to determine whether a student qualifies as a GT student.
    A magnet school allows for HISD students that do not live in the zoned area to attend the school through a lottery transfer process.
    As a designated Vanguard Magnet program, River Oaks Elementary allows for HISD GT qualified students who do not live in the zoned area to apply for admissions.

    Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

     Application Process
    • Zoned Students: Kindergarten Roundup is held in April to provide information to zoned neighborhood families.  Enrollment begins in May. 
    • Tours: Tours and information meetings are held selected Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. from October through December.  Additional tours will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th and Thursday, December 5th.
    • Magnet Applications: The Magnet Application deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019.  Applications are available online through the HISD Office of School Choice website at hisdchoice.com .
    • Notification: Application status will be available online in March 2020.
    • GT Testing: In order to qualify for ROE’s Vanguard Magnet program, students must be identified as Gifted and Talented through HISD’s testing program. 
      • Kindergarten Applicants – parents will choose a testing location date and site through the online application
      • Grades 1-5 Applicants – Due to our large current enrollment, we will not be accepting applications in grades 1-5 for the 2020-2021 school year.
      • Kindergarten Neighborhood students – zoned students that enroll at ROE and are not already identified as gifted and talented will be tested at ROE in the Fall Semester of Kindergarten
    • Siblings: Preference for siblings of current ROE students is only granted for Kindergarten magnet applicants.  A limited number of sibling vacancies is available.
    Click here for the Smart Choice application website