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.

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