• G/T Vanguard Program

    Pin Oak serves the needs of our gifted and talented students through our Vanguard Neighborhood program. HISD’s Vanguard Neighborhood programs (formerly known as Neighborhood G/T) are designed to meet the needs of G/T students in grades K-12 at their neighborhood (zoned) schools. Both Vanguard Magnet and Vanguard Neighborhood programs provide a differentiated curriculum by modifying the depth, complexity, and pacing of the general school program.

    We encourage all students who have been accepted to Pin Oak Middle School to apply for the Vanguard Neighborhood program. Students in all three houses (House A, B, and C) have equal opportunity for level courses regardless of the student’s type of transfer to our school. Vanguard status does not affect a student’s admission to Pin Oak; it is a means of meeting the needs of students after they have been accepted.


    Click below for the G/T Application

    G/T Application English

    G/T Application Spanish

    G/T Application Arabic

    G/T Application Vietnamese  


    Gifted and Talented Testing:

    G/T Testing is available for any student attending Pin Oak Middle School.  Please fill out a G/T TESTING APPLICATION and return to Mrs. Evans Vining at aevans15@houstonisd.org


    Please see the following FAQ’s

    Q.  Who can test?

    A.  Any student attending Pin Oak


    Q.  If my child was previously identified by HISD, do they need to test again?

    A.  No.  Any child identified by HISD as G/T retains identification unless they leave HISD or the parent requests the child to be removed from G/T. 

    **Please note that students who were identified outside of HISD must be identified by HISD.  G/T identification does not transfer from one district to another. 


    Q.  What steps do I need to take to have my child tested?

    A.  Please complete the HISD G/T Testing Application and return it to Mrs. Evans Vining before December 7, 2021. 

    **If you did not attend HISD for the 2020/2021 school year, you must also submit an end of year report card before December 7, 2021. 


    Q.  If I am an 8th grader applying to Carnegie who is not currently G/T identified, do I need to fill out the application in addition to the magnet application?

    A.  YES.  You must fill out the testing application and return to Mrs. Evans Vining before December 7, 2021.  The magnet application does not replace the G/T testing application. 


    Q.  When is the deadline to apply to take the G/T Test?

    A.  December 7, 2021


    Q.  When is the Pin Oak Testing Window for G/T Testing?

    December 9-12, 2021 – subject to change


    Q.  Who do I talk to if I have more questions?

    A.  Please see Mrs. Evans Vining at aevans15@houstonisd.org


    To learn more about HISD's Gifted and Talented Services, please visit their website.