T.H. Rogers School

Founded in 1962, T.H. Rogers sees itself as “a lighthouse beacon that safely guides all children into harbors of success.”  T.H. Rogers School consists of three sub-schools: MI-PSI, Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PDHH), and the Vanguard Program.  MI-PSI serves students who have severe disabilities in cognitive and developmental areas.  The PDHH encourages teachers to help their students learn by using a variety of communication techniques, such as speech, listening, lip reading, Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE), ASL, and Visual Phonics.  The Vanguard Program caters to Gifted and Talented (G/T) students through academics, creativity, and leadership.

T.H. Rogers Middle School

5840 San Felipe St., Houston, TX 77057                                 Mr. Dave Muzyka, Principal

713-917-3565                                                    Ms. Leslie Gonsalves, Magnet Coordinator

www.MS.HoustonISD.org/THRogers

Religious Affiliation

As a public school, T.H. Rogers has no religious affiliation.  According to Houston Independent School District’s policy, every school has a moment of silence each day during which students can pray silently to themselves if they so choose.  Also, absences because of religious holidays do not count toward the student’s total number of absences.  However, the student is still responsible for the makeup work.

Location and Facilities

Located at the corner of San Felipe St. and Bering Drive, T.H. Rogers resides in the Great Uptown area, a little northwest of the Galleria.  The school resides next to St. George Place Elementary, Trotter Family YMCA, and Westminster United Methodist Church.  T.H. Rogers’ facilities include four baseball fields, soccer fields, four campus buildings, a playground, a library and a computer lab.

Admissions

For the Vanguard Program, in addition to an application, T.H. Rogers requires testing, which is offered on two Saturdays in January for students starting in grades 1-8.  In order to see if a student qualifies for the Vanguard program, the admissions coordinator uses test scores, report card grades, teacher observation, and parent rating.  At T.H. Rogers, kindergarten and 6th grade are the entry-level grades, and T.H. Rogers reserves twenty-five percent of the available spaces for siblings of former and current students.  Since T.H. Rogers has a limited number of spaces available, the qualified candidates are put into a lottery if there are more applicants than spaces.

Academic Tracks and Curriculum

In the Vanguard Program, the curriculum is advanced (Pre-AP) and interdisciplinary for all students.  In addition to core courses, T.H. Rogers offers the following electives: art, choral music, orchestra, broadcast media, conversational sign language, reading/math lab, robotics, research, numerous technology classes, drama, journalism, and yearbook.

Special Needs

If the student meets the admissions requirements for the HISD school, then the student with special needs will be accommodated.   If the parents already have documentation about the student’s special needs, the school will need a copy of that documentation.  After receiving the documentation, the school will set up an annual ARD meeting that the parents, the student, an administrator, a core subject teacher, a special education teacher or 504 representative, and an HISD advocate will attend to discuss the specific modifications necessary for the student and to create an individualized education plan (IEP) for the student.  Every teacher will receive a copy of the modifications for the student after the ARD meeting has determined them.

If the parents want to request modifications for their child, then the special education teacher will give the student’s teachers paperwork to document the student’s behavior and any modifications the teacher uses for the student.  After 6 weeks of documentation, the teachers will turn in the paperwork, and the special education teacher or 504 representative will call a meeting similar to an ARD meeting.  If the meeting determines that the student needs modifications, then the school will have documentation of the student’s special needs and will follow the same procedures as above.

HISD offers a Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PDHH) at T.H. Rogers for ages 3 through middle school. The PDHH programs instruct in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies along with Core Enrichment classes: Music, Art, Physical Education, Computer Lab, Science Lab, Performing Arts and Library.  These students are included with their hearing peers at every appropriate opportunity.

The school’s MI-PSI program serves students who have severe disabilities in cognitive and developmental areas.  Core academic classes consist of English Language Arts of Life, Reading for Life, Math for Life, science for Life, Social Studies for Life, Personal Health for Life, and Vocational Skills for Life for all grade levels.  Enrichment classes include music, art, and P.E.  Sixth through twelfth grade students may participate in Special Olympics Bowling and Track and Field.  Older high school students may participate in off-campus Community Based Vocational Instruction.

Foreign Languages

In its foreign language program, T.H. Rogers offers Chinese, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language.  

Arts

The Vanguard Program offers classes in orchestra, choral music, scholastic art and writing, Texas art, and musings.  The program also offers music appreciation, drama, journalism, and yearbook classes.

Technology

The school has an introductory technology applications class for 6th grade students.

Extracurricular Activities

Vanguard offers the following clubs and academic competition opportunities: Chess, Scholastic Writing, Math Counts, National French Contest, National Spanish Exam, Name That Book, Geography Bee, History Fair, Science Fair, Scholastic Art, Choral Music, Spelling Bee, UIL Orchestra, Prep Bowl, Ecobot Challenge, and First Lego League Challenge.  The school also hosts the following student leadership opportunities: Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and Peer Mediation.  At Vanguard, students participate in the following service projects: Camp MI-Way, Community Volunteering, Sixth Grade Service Unit, and School-Wide Global Project

Athletics

T.H. Rogers offers a number of after-school sports throughout the year.  The school fields more than 12 teams across 7 sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming, track, and volleyball.

Parent Involvement

Interested parents can volunteer for the T.H. Rogers PTO. The organization has many opportunities for involvement, such as box top raffles and silent auctions to help fund school initiatives.  HISD offers an online portal at T.H. Rogers called Parent Student Connect for parents to stay abreast with students and teachers.

T.H. Rogers Middle School Fast Facts

 

Overview  
School Type Public, Magnet
Religious Affiliation

Uniforms

None

Dress Code

Date Founded 1962
Grades Served 6th-8th
Enrollment 396
     6th Grade 136
     7th Grade 138
     8th Grade 122
Student to Teacher Ratio 10:1
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (#/%) 33/43%
Minorities in Student Body 81%
   
Curriculum  
Academic Tracks Offered Pre-AP
International Baccalaureate Courses N/A
Languages Offered French, Spanish, Chinese, ASL
Calendar (Semester / Trimester / Other) Semester
Interscholastic Sports Programs 7
   
Public School Stats  
Gifted and Talented Students 79%
Free & Reduced Lunch 34%
AYP (2006-2011) Met AYP
TEA Accountability (2006-2007) Recognized
TEA Accountability (2007-2010) Exemplary
TEA Accountability (2010-2013) Recognized

 Excerpted from General Academic’s publication, “Houston Private & Select Public Schools: Survey, Analysis, and Research, 3rd Edition.”

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