Steps for Applying

  • 2024-2025 Application Steps and Timeline

    1. Parents Request GT Testing - Deadline: December 14
    2. Student Completes GT Testing - November 13 to December 18
    3. Apply - Phase One Application Window - January 18 to February 23
    4. Student School Match Notification - March 26
    5. Apply - Phase Two Application Window - March 26 to Deadline TBD
      1. Students who did not accept a position in the lottery and still want a different school assignment can apply to any school with space available.
    6. Phase One School Acceptance Deadline - April 9
      1. Students who wish to accept their school match must do so by this deadline.


  • Apply Now to the FBMS Vanguard Magnet Program -

    Three Phases of School Choice Registration Process:

    1. Phase I: Lottery – Parents rank options and apply. HISD runs a lottery to determine which students get a seat. Students who do not receive a seat are waitlisted at all schools they ranked higher than the seat they were offered.
    2. Phase II: Space Available - Parents may add themselves to existing waitlists established during Phase I or enroll directly in campuses with space available.

    Need assistance with applying to FBMS's Vanguard Magnet Program?
     View this application guide for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Vanguard programs serve students who have been identified as gifted and/or talented in intellectual ability or creativity. Vanguard campuses offer accelerated learning to challenge students beyond their grade level.

    A student qualifies as gifted and talented based on the results of a Gifted and Talented test, student grades, teacher recommendation and other qualifiers. Students must qualify in both reading and math on the Gifted and Talented test to qualify for a Vanguard program.