• My child did not qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program. Can I apply for a hardship transfer?

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    River Oaks accepts sibling hardship and continuing educational hardships only.  

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  • The lottery results are in and I have questions. Where can I find answers?

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    The HISD Office of School Choice processes all applications for the River Oaks ES Vanguard Program.  Their website offers a comprehensive Q&A for information regarding siblings, lottery priority, next steps if you did not get your school choice and more.  Click here to stay informed.

    If you do not find the answer to your question on our Q&A page, reach our to our Magnet Coordinator, Maxine Trice at: maxine.trice@houstonisd.org.

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  • How will I know if my child has been offered a seat?

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    Parents can view the status of the application on the parent dashboard on March 26, 2024. Log on to your application and click take action/next steps. Continue on until you see the schools you selected. If you need help logging into the school choice application, contact: schoolchoice@houstonisd.org.

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  • How do I accept a seat in the school choice system?

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    Congratulations! You have been offered a seat at River Oaks ES. Please follow the following steps in the school choice platform! 

    1. Accept or decline your seat.  Once you decline a seat, the decision can not be undone.

    2. Electronically, sign the entrance agreement online.

    3. Upload proof of residency.

    4. Click here for River Oaks Elementary registration information. Registration begins April 1, 2024.

    Log in by clicking here.

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  • My child was offered a seat on March 26th. What are my next steps?

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    Congratulations! If your child is offered a seat on March 26, 2024, you will have 14 calendar days (holidays included) to accept the seat. It is recommended that you accept your seat through the school choice system as soon as possible. Once a seat expires, it can not be reinstated.  Log in. Follow next steps, upload required documentation, and complete entrance agreements.  We will contact you with important registration information.

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  • My child has been offered a seat AFTER March 26. How long do I have to make a decision?

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    If your child is on the wait list, and you have been offered a seat from the wait list, you have 5 calendar days (including holidays) to accept the seat.  

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  • How can I receive a copy of my child's GT test results?

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    Request a copy of your child's GT Matrix

     

    If you would like a copy of your child's GT Matrix Score, please complete this google formYou will receive an email when your results are ready. 

     

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  • My child is marked ineligible. What does this mean?

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    In order to qualify for the Vanguard program, students must: already be qualified as Gifted and Talented (GT) within HISD.  An ineligible designation means that the gifted and talented threshhold was not met. Students who do not qualify for GT may reapply for the 2025 - 26 school year.

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  • My child did not qualify for the Gifted and Talented Program. Is there room for siblings?

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    The sibling hardship application window opens on March 26, 2024 during Phase 2.  The goal is to keep families together at ROE, sibling hardship notifications can be processed as late as mid-August, based on space availability.  Sibling hardship seats are not guaranteed, zoned families have priority over hardship sibling requests.

    The hardship request does not expire. Sibling hardship for families with currently enrolled siblings will be processed in the order received based on space availability. If you do not have a seat offered by the 1st day of school, you must register and be in attendance at your zoned campus while waiting to see if a hardship seat is available.

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  • I received notice that my child is on the waitlist. What does this mean?

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    Wait listed seats are processed in the order that they are listed in the lottery as space becomes available.  This is an automated system.   Seats are offered as soon as a space becomes available. 

    It is important to note that accepting a seat at a lower ranked school will not affect a student’s standing on the wait list.  

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  • My child is ranked high on the waitlist. How are waitlists managed?

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    There are three wait lists at ROE.  Students are pulled from the wait lists below in the following order:

    Priority 1: River Oaks ES Vanguard Wait lists

    Priority 2: Space Available Wait lists.

    The school has no updates on the wait list status at this time as parents are still accepting seats around the district.

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  • When does the waitlist for Phase 1 expire?

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    The waitlist is expected to be retired by the Office of School Choice at the end of July.  If you have not been offered a seat by the end of July, we encourage you to apply to River Oak for the 2025-26 school year.

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  • I applied to River Oaks Elementary during Phase 2. What is the review process for my application?

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    River Oaks ES will review Phase 2 applications as follows by space availability:

    Priority 1: Sibling applications for entering kindergarten students who have a sibling attending River Oaks ES for the 2022-23 school year.  5th Grade continuing education applications.

    Priority 2: Sibling applications for students entering Kindergarten who have a sibling attending River Oaks ES for the 2022-23 school year.

    Priority 3: Sibling applications for new students who will have a sibling attending River Oaks ES for the 2024-25 school year.  Applications under this section are not eligible for review until the first day of school.

    Priority 4:  Phase 2 applications will not be reviewed until all waitlistts have been exhausted in Phase 1.  

    Applications are processed in the order they are received.  Applications that do not fall under Priority 1, Priority 2 or Priority 3 will not be reviewed for admission to River Oaks ES for the 2023-24 school year.

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  • I am interested in HISD Bus Transportation: Are there bus services available for non zoned students?

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    Bus services are available for students accepted into the Vanguard Magnet Program.

    Bus requests for the 2024-25 school year will not be processed or available until late July.  You will have an opportunity to request bus services upon registration. Routes will be assigned by HISD transportation and information will be communicated to parents from the transportation department.  If you have transportation questions please reach out to: HISD Customer Care 713-556-9400.  

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  • My child was offered a seat. When does registration begin for Vanguard Magnet students?

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    The Vanguard registration window opens on April 1, 2024.  Click here for important information and forms needed for registration.

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  • I would like to visit the campus for a tour. Are there tours available?

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    River Oaks Elementary is open for parent tours on Thursdays from 9:00 - 10:00 am by appointment only, beginning the first week in November.   Click here to register for an appointment. Once you complete the form, you will have a guaranteed reservation to attend on any Thursday of your choice.  

    River Oak Elementary is where you belong! 

    Tours will resume in Fall 2024.  Click here for a student-led virtual tour of our campus and campus trailer.

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