VANGUARD ACADEMYHello and welcome to our Vanguard Academy! My name is Amanda Vasquez and I am proud to be the Vanguard Coordinator at Burbank Middle School.This is my secretary, Ms. Zepeda. We both work very hard to make sure all our Vanguard teachers, students, and parents are well taken care of.Our students enjoy the benefits of the best education in this great State of Texas. Follow me as I give you a short tour. Burbank Middle School was originally founded in 1927, but was rebuilt to its current configuration in 1949.We had one of the first four Magnet Vanguard Programs in HISD in 1975. Much has happened since then!Burbank currently has a population of over 1,400 students. Our scores in every subject area, math, science, writing, and reading are at the Exemplary level, which is why we were named an "NCEA Higher Performing School" and TEA has designated our school as "Met Standards with Distinction". In 2018 and for the third consecutive year, our students achieved seven of the seven Academic Distinctions:Reading/ELA, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Top 25% Student Progress, Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps, and Post-Secondary Readiness.
Our vision is "Achieving Success as a Team: 110% No Excuses" which truly exemplifies what goes on at Burbank. Our motto is "Excellence Above All Else". Every teacher, student, administrator, and staff member is committed to working together, giving their very best at all times.There are three Vanguard Academies, one for each grade level. Core classes are at the Pre-AP level and all Vanguard students are required to produce a TPSP research project in an area of their choice. In addition, our students enjoy the benefits of the 21st Century Classroom, where technology is used to its best advantage. For instance, there are SmartBoards in each classroom and we have many carts with iPads, Kindles, and laptops for student use in the classrooms. Our teachers have the option to take their classes to one of our three dedicated computer labs for students to conduct their research. These three computer labs are in addition to the two labs dedicated to technology instruction. Technology classes at Burbank range from basic technology and media team courses, to robotics and a high school credit class, Principles of Information Technology. We have ten fully equipped science labs which allow us to provide the best hands-on experiences for our students.Dual Language ComponentOur Dual Language Program is our pride and joy. We have been designated a Spanish Academy by the Spanish Consulate and we are the only school in Texas to earn the Second Place Award at the prestigious "Colegio del Año" Award (School of the Year) for 2012 and again in 2017, an honor given by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Read the story about the 2017 awards here. We have the only Dual Language Vanguard Program in the district where students can receive their dual language instruction within the framework of advanced academics. Students in the Dual Language Vanguard Academies take AP Spanish in eighth grade. Over the past six years, we have given the AP Spanish test to more than 700 students averaging more than 110 students per year. Our students' passing rate has always been outstanding. For instance, last year in May 2017 we tested 136 students with a passing rate of 83% !