Lorraine Bouchard, Ed. D. had a vision for a school where gifted children could find intellectual stimulation, creative opportunities, and emotional support they desperately needed. She envisioned a school that was not only academic but also fun and flexible—the kind of school that would spark the imagination and allow gifted students to thrive.
Her dream came true in 1986!
Rainard opened in a converted country home along the Katy Freeway. Several times a day the railroad sounded its horn and roared past the school. Interstate 10 had a grassy median then, and the property’s caretakers shared the honey from their beehives and eggs from their chickens with the school.
Holding classes in a home, Rainard provided a familiar atmosphere and a connection to a rich, natural environment—a campus with a house, trees, grass, and puddles. When the school outgrew its original location in 2005, the school sought to find a similar location and purchased the current property on Timberline Road. The unassuming classrooms continue to provide a quiet, low-stress learning environment, and the connection to nature remain vital for breaks between classes, lunch beneath the oak trees, and classroom investigations of the rich natural environment.
In Rainard’s first year, the doors opened to children ages 4-6, and by the end of the year, there were five students enrolled. The school added grades and students in subsequent years. In 1996 Rainard added a middle school, and in 2006, a high school. After significant interest from area parents, the school added a Pre-K class in 2015. Rainard now serves gifted students from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Over the last 30 years, the school has refined curriculum, tailored offerings to students, and incorporated best practices from ongoing research of gifted education. The core mission of providing an exceptional education for the needs and abilities of gifted students has remained the focus of the school. Since the Fall of 1986 and every day since Renard has strived to provide challenging and creative education to gifted students and to inspire joy in learning.