• GT / Vanguard




    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.





    G/T Testing is available for any student attending Pin Oak Middle School. Please submit a Request for G/T Evaluation online in HISD Connect (directions below) or complete one of the paper G/T Testing Applications below and return it to Mrs. Ashly Evans Vining at aevans15@houstonisd.org by November 11, 2021.


    Directions for Parents Requesting G/T Evaluation Through HISD Connect


    G/T Testing Application (English)


    G/T Testing Application (Spanish)


    G/T Testing Application (Vietnamese)


    G/T Testing Application (Arabic)





    Q. Who can test?

    A. Any student attending Pin Oak may test for G/T.


    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. Ashly Evans Vining before November 11, 2021.

    *If you did not attend HISD for the 2020/2021 school year, you must also submit an end of year report card before November 11, 2021.


    Q. If I am an 8th grader applying to Carnegie HS who is not currently G/T identified, do I need to complete the G/T Testing Application in addition to the Magnet Program Application?

    A. YES. You must fill out the G/T Testing Application and return to Mrs. Ashly Evans Vining before November 11, 2021. The Magnet Program Application does not replace the G/T Testing Application. 


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

    A. The deadline to apply to take the G/T Test is November 11, 2021


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

    A. The G/T Testing window is November 29 - December 11. The exact POMS dates will be announced soon.


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

    A. Please email Mrs. Ashly Evans Vining at aevans15@houstonisd.org.





    HISD Gifted & Talented Services


    HISD Renzulli Learning


    HISD Guide to Gifted & Talented Programs


    HISD Gifted & Talented Neigborhood Programs


    HISD Gifted & Talented Testing


    HISD Identification of Gifted & Talented Students


    HISD Request for Gifted & Talented Evaluations





    G/T Program Assistant Principal
    Ashly Evans Vining
    Phone: 713-295-6500

    G/T Program Office Assistant
    Edit Churchill
    Phone: 713-295-6500