Carnegie Vanguard High School was established in the fall of 2002 as the successor to the highly successful school-within-a-school Vanguard program at Jesse H. Jones Senior High. The program at Jones had been created in 1977.
Since moving to its own campus, Carnegie Vanguard has witnessed a steady increase in the size of its student body, while maintaining a commitment to providing a first-rate academic experience that accommodates the diverse learning styles of gifted and talented students.
As HISD’s only Vanguard high school, Carnegie is a special place for gifted and talented students to prepare for college and a lifetime of learning. The school’s comparatively low student-teacher ratio allows the teachers at Carnegie greater academic flexibility in structuring their classes to address individual needs. Although the student body will continue to grow over time, we hope to keep the enrollment relatively low so that Carnegie students will feel less like "faces in the crowd." These factors, together with a diverse student body and an exceptional group of highly motivated teachers, provide a unique educational and social environment for students who might feel lost or disregarded in larger, more conventional schools.
The school’s students have repeatedly performed at or near the top in all categories of academic achievement including the various standardized tests, National Merit and other academic competitions, scholarship programs and university selections for the graduating seniors. For instance, the Class of 2005 will be represented in the freshman classes at top out-of-state schools such as Princeton, Vassar, Emory, UNC, Pembroke, Skidmore, Lawrence, LSU, Duke, Tulane, Loyola and Brandeis and such in-state choices as Texas Lutheran University, St. Edwards, St. Thomas, Texas A & M and Stephen F. Austin. And in this year’s round of standardized tests, Carnegie was ranked second of all HISD high schools for both its TAKS (overall average 93%, 97% reading and 98% math) and Stanford (average 1175) results.