Vanguard Magnet Updates

November 2023

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Magnet News

Welcome to to our Monthly Newsletter. It will be updated with the latest Houston ISD Vanguard Magnet news as soon as new information becomes available. Please contact Edith Santiago if you have any questions.

Enrollment and Application Process Survey

The HISD team is working to make the application process work better for more families. We need your input to do that. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey.

GT Testing

The window for requesting gifted and talented testing is now open. Parents of Pk4-5th who wish to test their student and parents of students who may choose to apply to a school that requires gifted and talented testing as part of its enrollment process must request testing by Dec. 8, 2023. Testing will be completed at your child's zoned school.

Parents of second graders (all second graders will be tested this year) and parents of students who have previously been identified as gifted and talented do not need to request additional testing.

GT Testing Dates
Wave 1:

Wave 2: 12/11-12/16

Please fill out the GT Testing requesting below. In addition, please email Ms. Santiago regarding GT testing requests.

Each of these events is an opportunity for families to learn more about HISD’s magnet and specialty programming and find a school that meets their child’s unique needs and interests. Please stop by:

  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Northside High School
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Westside High School
  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bellaire High School
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Milby High School


Upcoming Events

School Tours - Ongoing

Visit us Thursday from 9:00 am - 10:00 am.

If you are interested in a school tour during other hours, please email Ms. Santiago at

Carrillo Elementary, Vanguard Magnet School Houston ISD

Vanguard Magnet Coordinator

Edith Santiago