Guide to HISD Elementary Magnet Programs
The Houston Independent School District provides parents with a wide variety of choice in public education through its Magnet programs. In Magnet schools, students develop their special talents while enhancing their learning. Unlike private schools, Magnet schools do not require tuition and are instead based on a lottery system or testing for admission. Vanguard Magnets are schools with curricula designed to serve gifted and talented students pulled from throughout the district. Vanguard Neighborhood programs serve gifted children in the schools to which they're zoned.

If you are a parent or guardian interested in enrolling your child in a Magnet program, it is best to start the process in fall of the prior enrollment year. During this time you can attend informational meetings and tour the schools. Application deadlines are usually in early January and notification of admission is sent in spring.

Any student may apply. Residents within the Houston Independent School District attendance boundaries are considered first; out of district students are considered beginning the first Monday in June, if space is still available. You may apply to as many Magnet programs as you like and up to three Vanguard programs. To learn more about attendance boundaries, visit

Below is a description of the type of HISD elementary Magnet programs and the schools which are associated with them. Visit for more information about all HISD schools and programs.

The goal of the Academy is to enhance the development of the whole child from kindergarten through fifth grade, through science, communications, art, computer laboratory, and life sports, all of which are offered at the same campus.

Horn Academy (K-5)
4535 Pine
Bellaire, TX 77401
(713) 295-5264

Students are provided opportunities to explore broadcast journalism, journalism, desktop publishing, movie making while developing communication, scriptwriting, illustrating and dramatization skills.

Sinclair Elementary (PreK-5)
6410 Grovewood
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 867-5165

Dual Language
Students participating in these dual-language programs receive instruction in English and Spanish with the goal of fluency in both languages.

Helms Community Learning Center (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
503 West 21st
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 867-5130

Wharton (K-8)
900 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 535-3778

Fine Arts
Students receive specialized instruction in a variety of areas, including strings, band, piano, art, dance, creative writing, and gymnastics. Young artists work together to prepare performances and create exhibitions that display their appreciation of the arts, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and enhance self-esteem. Excellence in the arts is a natural, integrated extension of the academic program. The offerings at each individual school may vary.

Bell Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)

12323 Shaftsbury
Houston, TX 77031
(281) 983-2800

Bruce Elementary (PreK-5)
510 Jensen
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 226-4560

Burrus Elementary (K-6)
701 East 33rd Street
Houston, TX 77022
(713) 867-5180

Cook Elementary (PreK-5)
7115 Lockwood
Houston, TX 77022
(713) 636-6040

Codwell Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
5225 Tavenor
Houston, TX 77048
(713) 732-3588

Crespo Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
7500 Office City Drive
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 845-7492

Garden Villas Elementary (PreK-5)
7185 Sante Fe
Houston, TX 77061
(713) 845-7484

Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (PreK-8)
1101 Taft
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 942-1414

Longfellow Elementary (PreK-5)
3617 Norris
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 295-5268

Lovett Elementary (K-5)
8814 South Rice
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 295-5258

MacGregor Academy (PreK-5)
4801 La Branch
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 942-1995

Parker Elementary (PreK-5)
10626 Atwell
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 726-3634

Poe Elementary (K-5)
5100 Hazard
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 535-3780

Roberts Elementary (PreK-5)
6000 Greenbriar
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 295-5272

Scroggins Elementary (PreK-5)
400 Boyles
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 671-4130

Foreign Languages & Cultures
Students study the Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish languages and the art, traditional customs, and dances of China, France, Japan, and Mexico.

Kolter Elementary (PreK-5)
9710 Runnymeade
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 726-3630

Integrated Technology
Students become proficient users of the latest innovations in technology and multimedia equipment through classroom instruction and special programs.

Herrera Elementary (PreK-5)
525 Bennington
Houston, TX 77022
(713) 696-2800

Take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate responsibility while learning character traits that are exhibited by ethical leaders. Practice leadership roles through technology, science, math and fine arts activities that emphasize problem-solving and critical thinking.

Durham Elementary (PreK-5)
4803 Brinkman
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 613-2529

Listening, reading, script-writing, dramatizing, writing, illustrating, and publishing activities are highlighted in the literature Magnet schools.

Patterson Elementary (PreK-5)
5302 Allendale
Houston, TX 77017

Scroggins Elementary (PreK-5)
400 Boyles
Houston, TX 77020
(713) 671-4130

Twain Elementary (K-5)
7500 Braes
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 295-5230

Math and Science
Students have the opportunity for in-depth, process-oriented study of math and science in conjunction with a strong academic program. Studies develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and lab work emphasizes "hands-on" activities.

Cornelius Academy (PreK-5)
7475 Westover
Houston, TX 77087
(713) 845-7405

Harvard Elementary (PreK-5)

810 Harvard
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 867-5210

Law Elementary (PreK-5)
12401 South Coast
Houston, TX 77047

Lockhart Elementary (PreK-5)
3501 Southmore
Houston, TX 77004

Pugh Elementary (PreK-5)
1147 Kress
Houston, TX 77020

Red Elementary (PreK-5)
4520 Tonawanda
Houston, TX 77035

Ross Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed)
2819 Bay
Houston, TX 77026

Rusk (K-8)
2806 Garrow
Houston, TX 77003

Valley West Elementary (PreK-5)
10707 South Gessner
Houston, TX 77071

Wainwright Elementary (PreK-5)
5330 Milwee
Houston, TX 77092

Wesley Elementary (PreK-5)
800 Dillard
Houston, TX 77091

West University Elementary (PreK-5)
3756 University
Houston, TX 77005

Environmental Science
Students engage in classroom and field studies that utilize natural resources and initiate a Prairie Restoration Project. Students will become aware of the interdependence of the ecosystem, human population dynamics, global changes and their consequences, and choices for the future.

Berry Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)

2310 Berry Road
Houston, TX 77093
(713) 692-2700

Lantrip Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
100 Telephone Road
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 924-1673

Health Science
Provide all students with a motivating curriculum which facilitates student awareness of medical and allied health professions, and starts the preparation and training for endless opportunities in the future. Students learn how the body functions as a complex series of systems, and in turn encourages them to adopt healthy habits which will benefit them into adulthood.

Elrod Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
6230 Dumfries
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 778-3330

Whidby Elementary (PreK-5)
7625 Springhill
Houston, TX 77021
(713) 746-8174

Students pace themselves through individualized curriculum in multi-age concept classrooms. Teaching materials and theory follow classic Montessori guidelines with activities designed to stimulate academic, social, and motor development. Current Montessori experience is required for all applicants in grades 3-8 and preference will be given to those with current Montessori experience in all grades. Students age three and four may participate; however, for three- and four-year-olds, parents must pay a monthly tuition fee unless they meet the state eligibility requirements for pre-kindergarten.

Dodson Elementary (PreK-5)

1808 Sampson
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 226-2692

Garden Oaks Elementary (PK-6)
901 Sue Barnett
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 696-2930

Wilson (PK-8)
2100 Yupon
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-1470

Physical Development
Students develop an appreciation for the importance of remaining physically fit and have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of physical activities and lifetime sports. Activities include gymnastics, soccer, track and field, basketball, tennis, swimming, and golf.

Burbank Elementary
216 Tidwell
Houston, TX 77022

In this unique Magnet program, students become computer literate and explore the uses of technology in a multicultural environment.

Rice Elementary School (K-8)
7550 Suess
Houston, TX 77025

HISD's Vanguard programs serve students who have been identified as potentially gifted or talented in intellectual ability, creativity, or leadership. Vanguard offers a differentiated curriculum that is both accelerated and enriched. Students typically study interdisciplinary units that emphasize higher-level thinking skills, problem-solving, and creativity. The Vanguard program requires testing, and parents should use the Vanguard application.

Askew Elementary (PreK-5)
11200 Wood Lodge
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 368-2100

Carrillo Elementary (PreK-5)
960 South Wayside
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 924-1870

De Zavala Elementary (PreK-5)
7521 Avenue H
Houston, TX 77012
(713) 924-1890

Herod Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
5627 Jason
Houston, TX 77096
(713) 778-3322

Oak Forest Elementary (PreK-5)
1401 West 43rd Street
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 613-2538

Pleasantville Elementary (PreK-5)
1431 Gellhorn
Houston, TX 77029
(713) 671-3843

River Oaks Elementary (K-5)
2008 Kirby
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 942-1460

T. H. Rogers Elementary (PreK-5)
5840 San Felipe
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 917-3570

Roosevelt Elementary (PreK-5)
6700 Fulton
Houston, TX 77022
(713) 696-2818

Travis Elementary (PreK-5, Special Ed.)
3311 Beauchamp
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 802-4793

Windsor Village Elementary (PreK-5)
14440 Polo
Houston, TX 77085
(713) 726-3645

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