Pin Oak Middle School was established in 2002 and has the distinction of being an "application only" school. Families that live in the boundary zones that normally feed Meyerland, Jane Long or Pershing Middle Schools can apply to Pin Oak's regular program. Pin Oak is also a magnet school for foreign languages and offers Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish; applications through the Magnet program are a second avenue to gain entrance to the school.
Pin Oak has established itself as one of the finest Middle Schools in the HISD system and has been recognized across the State of Texas for its accomplishments. In 2008, Pin Oak was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, and continues to rank among the best schools in Texas. The Anti-Defamation League of Houston has awarded Pin Oak the "No Place for Hate" designation. Pin Oak has also been honored as a Texas Business and Education Coalition as a Higher Performing School. Many other local and national awards can be found by clicking on the Brag Sheet below.
Pin Oak Middle School is a 174,500 sq. ft. building that sits on 18 acres of land that, prior to its construction, were grounds for horse stables. Many facets of student life at Pin Oak make reference to the horses that once roamed the land - the logo at the top of this page as one example.
Pin Oak Middle School uses a House system to create smaller learning communities within the larger school setting. Students are assigned to House A, B or C, where they remain for their entire time at Pin Oak. All Houses provide access to Pre-AP and advanced classes. Magnet students are placed in House C.