Starting with a Dream
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 allows gifted students to thrive.
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