• Vanguard Magnet


    Travis Elementary is a Vanguard Magnet campus.  Vanguard Programs are designed to meet the needs of Gifted and Talented (G/T) students in grades K-12 by providing a learning continuum that is differentiated in depth, complexity, and pacing.   The Vanguard Program is designed for G/T identified students who excel in general intellectual ability in combination with creative/productive thinking and/or leadership ability.  Admission to the Vanguard Program requires testing and meeting the HISD qualification requirements as stated on the HISD G/T Identification Matrix.  Our Vanguard Magnet Program is designed to serve our zoned students who are identified as G/T and G/T identified students who transfer to Travis through the Magnet program.

    The Vanguard Magnet Program at Travis serves G/T identified students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  The majority of our G/T students enter Travis in Kindergarten.  The application timeline for the Magnet Program for the 2020-2021 school year is September 27 - December 6, 2019.  Travis Elementary School will only be accepting online applications for entering Kindergarten students. Paper applications are available for zoned families in grades 1st-4th who wish to apply for gifted and talented services. Students who are in need of testing will be tested during the district designated testing window. Universal gifted and talented testing will take place for zoned Kindergarten and 5th grade students who have not yet been identified.  Notification of acceptance and G/T identification will be sent to families on January 30, 2020. 


    Parental Choice in Education

    The Houston Independent School District is proud to provide parents with a wide variety of choices in public education through its Magnet programs. In Magnet schools, students develop their special talents while enhancing their learning capacities. As you explore the Magnet program offerings, keep in mind that academics are always the primary focus on all HISD campuses.  For more information regarding individual Magnet programs, go to Houstonisd.org/Magnet Programs. 

    HISD uses an on-line application system.  Parents will have the option of using the on-line application system or paper applications when applying for the 2020-2021 school year.  All applications will be available on September 27, 2019, and will be due no later than December 6, 2019, in order to be considered in the first round.  

    You may apply to up to five Magnet schools for the 2019-2020 school year.  Once you have made your school selections you will have to designate one school as your Primary Choice school.  Your Primary Choice school is the school that will manage your paperwork.  This is the school where you will turn in all required paperwork.  There is no other significance to selecting your Primary School.  If you apply to both a Vanguard Magnet program and a regular Magnet program you will be required to select the Vanguard Magnet program as your Primary Choice campus.


    Magnet Program Dates and Deadlines 


    Magnet Events and Timelines 



    September 28, 2019
    October 12, 2019 
    November 2, 2019 
    November 16, 2019
    February 15, 2020

    Magnet Open Houses

    Sterling HS from 9-12
    Kashmere HS from 9-12
    Sharpstown HS from 9-12 
    Milby HS from 9-12
    Northside HS from 9-12
    *Visit school booths from every Magnet School 
    Dates                                                                      Magnet Application Timeline        
    September 27, 2019
    Phase 1 opens; applications may be submitted online or submit a paper application to the Office of School Choice located at Hattie Mae White
    December 6, 2019 Phase 1 closes; last date to change application ranks
    January 30, 2020 Notifications of application status available 
    Magnet Thursdays: Tours available to parents every Thursday.
    Tours are recommended for families interested in Kindergarten.
    Reservations are not required.
    September 26, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.                                     
    October 3, 2019
    Tour at 9:00 a.m.
    October 10, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.
    October 17, 2019
    Tour at 9:00 a.m.   
    October 24, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.
    October 31, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.
    November 7, 2019
    Tour at 9:00 a.m.                            
    November 14, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.           
    November 21, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m. 
    December 5, 2019 Tour at 9:00 a.m.

    G/T Testing Dates
    Kindergarten and 5th Grade
    • Parents do not need to submit an application.
    • Universal Testing: October 30 and November 19-21  
    • Exact testing dates will be communicated.

    Zoned 1st-4th Grades

    • Parents must complete and return a paper application to the front office.
    • Applications are available at the front office and on Houston ISD's Gifted and Talented website.
    • Deadline for returning applications is December 6 (no exceptions).
    • GT Testing will be administered December 9-December 11
    • Exact testing dates will be communicated. 
    For information and applications, please call the Magnet Department at 713-556-6947 or access our website, www.houstonisd.org/magnet.