GIFTED & TALENTED (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.
GIFTED & TALENTED (G/T) TESTING
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 email@example.com by November 11, 2021.
GIFTED & TALENTED FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE GIFTED & TALENTED (G/T) RESOURCES
GIFTED & TALENTED (G/T) CONTACTSG/T Program Assistant PrincipalAshly Evans ViningPhone: 713-295-6500
G/T Program Office AssistantEdit ChurchillPhone: 713-295-6500