• Vanguard Magnet Program Information

     For Vanguard Magnet inquiries, contact Mrs. 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    • Tours: Tours and information meetings are held every Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. from October through December.  Additional tours will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st  & Thursday, December 5th. An appointment is not necessary.
    • 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 January 30 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 and date 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 2020 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.


    HISD School Choice- FAQ


    Magnet Application timeline

    • September 27, 2019 – Magnet applications are open.
    • December 6, 2019 – Deadline for Magnet applications.
    • January 30, 2020 – Notification Date.
      • The official notification of a students’ lottery outcome will be viewable within the online application dashboard.
    • February 14, 2020 – Deadline for accepting your seat.
      • Documentation (recent proof of residency and a signed Magnet entrance agreement) must be turned in.
      • Students will remain on the waitlist of all programs which parents ranked higher than the highest program to which a seat is offered.


    Click here for the School Choice application website