Hello 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, Mrs. Rodarte. 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. TEA has designated our school as "Met Standards with Distinction". Our students achieved seven of the seven Academic Distinctions in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Read all about it in the Distinctions Designations page!
Our three Vanguard Academies, one for each grade level, offer core classes at the Pre-AP level. 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. 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 Component
Our 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. 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 seven years, we have given the AP Spanish test to more than 800 students averaging more than 110 students per year. Our students' passing rate has always been outstanding. For instance, last year in May 2019 we tested 128 students with a passing rate of 80% !
There is so much more for you to come and see for yourself! Call me at 713-696-2720 or email me at Amanda Vasquez for a personalized tour!