BURBANK MIDDLE SCHOOL
Magnet Vanguard &
Dual Language Vanguard Programs
Burbank Middle School's Magnet Vanguard Program is one of the original three Vanguard Programs established in HISD in 1975. It serves students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, providing them with an enriched curriculum of advanced classes and electives. Our Vanguard Program is a SWAS Program- a School Within A School.
All Vanguard Programs in HISD are Academic Programs, therefore all our Vanguard students have an advanced academic curriculum in at least two content areas: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and/or Science. In addition, they may take the following classes for High School or College Credit:
- Algebra I
- Spanish for High School credit in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades
- Advanced Placement Spanish (AP Spanish) for college credit
- Principles of Informational Technology
Burbank Middle School has a Dual Language Program which has been designated a Spanish Academy by the Department of Education of Spain. Students in the Dual Language Program can develop proficiency in both English and Spanish simultaneously. Within that program, there are two sections of students in each grade level who are not only bilingual, but who also qualify as Vanguard/Gifted and Talented and are served by teachers who are certified in both. On March 16, 2017, Burbank Middle school won Second Place in the Nationwide Colegio del Año Contest sponsored by the Department of Education of Spain.
*** Please click Dual Language Program for more information about this award-winning program.
Our Vanguard students can select from a variety of electives in Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and the Humanities.
*** Our Robotics students will participate in the Sphero Global Challenge which will be held November 18, 2023 in Richmond, Texas. They will also compete in the FLL tournament which will be held in January 2024. Our robotics students are sponsored and coached by their teacher, Dr. Alexandra Vitela. To learn about our Robotics Program, click ROBOTICS
Our students put together a Burbank Show to showcase all the happenings at Burbank Middle School. This program is sponsored by our Tech Teacher, Mr. Luviano.
***You can check out below the third episode of season 4. You can also view all past episodes in their own section, The Burbank Show
Students can also join the KickStartKids program, a Karate Program established by Chuck Norris and one of the first established in HISD. This extremely successful program provides our students with the opportunity to compete in tournaments in Texas.
*** Our KickStartKids participated in the Southeast Texas Region 1 Tournament which was held at Manvel, TX on October 28, 2023. Click KICKSTART KIDS KARATE to find out how you can join!
There are also plenty of after-school clubs and activities, such as U.I.L., Sports, Theater, Band, and Las Aguilas de Oro, our folkloric dance troupe. As examples,
Check out our Musical Theater Troupe's participation in the UIL One Act Play Theater Competition held last November 5, 2022 where they earned the Alternate Play recognition.
*** You can read about it by clicking Burbank Theater Team
Don't miss our Las Aguilas de Oro amazing parade for the "Dia de los Muertos" during the Fall Magnet Family Night on November 2, 2023.
Burbank Middle School has resumed its Literacy Family Night, welcoming its community on October 26, 2023. The English Language Arts Department created an inviting and exciting experience for our students and parents, including the opportunity to meet and greet the author of this year's One Semester One Book activity, Ms. Cristina Diaz Gonzalez.
*** To read the story, please click Burbank Literacy Family Night
Please go to our Activities section for more information about all these programs and activities.
At Burbank Middle School, we make sure our students are ready for the challenges the future may bring! We offer a well-balanced education to our Vanguard Students where they can grow into the future leaders of our city and nation.
- Technical Applications
- Media Team
- Principles of Informational Technology
- Art I A/B
- Art 6, 7, 8
- Choir 6, 7, 8
- Musical Theater
- Ballet Folklórico*
* After-school activity
- Spanish for Native Speakers
- AP Spanish
- Multicultural Studies