Houston's Only Private School for Gifted & Talented Students

Why Parents Choose Rainard School for Gifted Students

We Embrace the Gifted

We understand the unique intellectual, motivational, emotional, and sensitivity of gifted children. At Rainard, students from Pre-K through 8th grade learn in an environment designed to challenge them intellectually and meet their GT needs.

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Interest Based Learning

Instruction at Rainard is tailored to the interests and passions of individual learners. By leveraging students' interests, our teachers create a more personalized and student centered learning environment. We’re accredited by Cognia.

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We Focus On Nature

Learning extends beyond our classrooms and right into the outdoors. With our outdoor classrooms, gardens, chicken coop and outdoor play areas, nature is incorporated into lessons and play each day. Our campus is a certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

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Multi-Age Small Class Sizes

Each of our multi-age classrooms are capped at 10-14 students. Our small class size, low student-teacher ratio and personalized instruction are designed to meet the unique needs of each GT learner.

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Our Gifted Instructors

Our faculty are Houston's experts in gifted education because many of them are gifted themselves. They understand our GT students from both a professional and personal perspective. Their professional development is supported through regular sessions of continuing education and conference attendance.

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Learning Outside The Classroom

Some of the best learning can be done outside the classroom with firsthand experiences. A large part of our curriculum includes field trips and projects, expanding our students learning into the community around them.

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A Gifted Community

Everyone, including our parents, enjoys a sense of belonging at our school. Since our founding in 1986, we’ve provided gifted students and their families with authentic support.

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Fluid Learning Environment

We understand and appreciate the attention spans of GT students and how they learn. We incorporate regular breaks throughout the day, no assigned homework, and offer half days every other Friday. Our classrooms include round tables to encourage collaboration which aids in growing social and emotional skills.

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Tara Tomicic Head of School Rainard School for Gifted Students Houston

Welcome From Our Head of School

“Our school is truly unique. Here, our children find a place where they thrive socially, emotionally, and academically—sometimes for the very first time in a school environment.

Rainard continues to be the inspiring environment that it has been since its founding in 1986. It is a place where we are focused on the abilities and needs of gifted children. We are able to provide a place where students can learn in small classrooms, where they can play in puddles, where they can ask hard questions, where they can work with passionate teachers and where they can find joy in learning.

Please spend some time with us and determine if Rainard is a good fit for your child and family. If it is, I hope you’ll join us.”

Tara Tomicic, PH.D, Head of School

I love this school! One of my children found great success here, eventually graduating from Rainard. The director, Dr. Tara Tomicic, is a caring, supportive, creative leader dedicated to helping gifted children (who don't always find school easy) succeed in a highly individualized environment that fosters a love of learning.

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Rainard has been a godsend for my family. My now 3rd grader was doing poorly in a prior school and Rainard's methods have turned everything around. I cannot say enough about the brilliant and loving teaching staff and administration.


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Rainard is a very personal school. The teachers know their students extremely well. The teachers are always willing to talk with parents about anything that may concern a parent.

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Finally we found the right environment for our gifted boy. Teachers and staff are friendly, professional, and always looking for solutions if any problems arise. Academic standard is high, and my son is being challenged in every subject.

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Rainard's faculty really care about their students. Classes are small. Field trips are well thought out.
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Rainard on Great Day Houston

At Rainard School for Gifted Students, children explore lessons & ideas on a deeper level with discussions, projects and field trips. Deborah Duncan of Houston KHOU 11 Great Day Houston comes to visit Rainard and chat with Head of School Dr. Tara Tomicic.

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Is My Child Gifted?

There are some common signs that may suggest a child is gifted. However, determining if your child is gifted involves various indicators and assessments to identify if they have exceptional native intelligence. 

It’s important to note that not all gifted children are gifted in all areas. A more common expression of giftedness is asynchronous development. This is where learners are highly advanced in one or more areas of development while being average in others.

Not all gifted students fit the criteria of having a uniformly high general IQ score. A child can score high in one section of an IQ test, and score low or below average in another and still be considered gifted.

Bottom line, giftedness looks different from one student to another. Fostering each student's unique giftedness is what we're all about here at Rainard School for Gifted Students.

What Can Giftedness Look Like?

  • Strong Curiosity & Love of Learning
  • Advanced Reasoning & Critical Thinking
  • Intense Focus & Persistence
  • Highly Sensitive & Emotionally Intense
  • Bored At School
  • Heightened Sense of Justice
  • Advanced IQ or Cognitive Abilities
  • Highly Level of Creativity
  • Early Reading & Advanced Language Skills
  • Learning Style Differences
  • Heightened Ability With Numbers and/or Puzzles

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A Cognia Accredited School

Cognia Performance Standards are at the heart of continuous improvement and accreditation. They define the characteristics of a good education institution and provide guidelines for efforts that will energetically and visibly grow learners, teachers, leaders, and organizations.