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.
Houston ISD is partnering with Renzulli Learning to support gifted learners at home. We are excited about the individualized support that we will be able to provide to gifted learners with the launch Renzulli Learning. NOTE: Renzulli Learning is not being used as HISD curriculum, but rather a supplement to extend, enrich, and differentiate learning for G/T students. Students can access the Renzulli Learning app in their Clever platform located in the HUB’s digital resources.