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Northwest ISDPublic Schools

*Information as of 2016

District Name: Northwest ISD

Website: https://www.nisdtx.org/

District Size & Class Size:            22,000 – 22:1 class size ratio

Grade Level Alignment:  Pre-K through 12

Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received an A. Campus Specific – 26 campuses met the standard, and 9 campuses received an Academic Achievement Distinction Designation on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

NISD students distinguish themselves throughout the year in all areas of academics and achievement at regional, state and national levels.  The scores are one source of information to use in planning for student success.  NISD students demonstrate their achievements in many other ways, as reflected in the district’s Community-based Accountability Measures of Success.  In June 2013, a committee made up of students, parents, community members, staff and administrators identified community values and proposed measures of success in NISD.  The measurement includes SAT/ACT scores, internships, college scholarships, dual credit courses, volunteer and community outreach and community partnerships.

In July 2014, NISD unveiled the district’s new Community Dashboard, an interactive website providing student, staff and district operational information and achievements in one location.  Go to www.nisdtx.org/communitydashboard to see the full assessment which goes beyond the test score by measuring student achievement in the areas including internships, SAT/ACT scores, college scholarships, dual credit courses and more..

Distinguishing Characteristics:   Northwest ISD is uniquely situated in Fort Worth and serves families in 14 different communities, spanning 234 square miles and parts of three counties (Denton, Tarrant and Wise).  As one of the fastest growing school districts in the area, demographic projections show enrollment in NISD will increase to 30,000 students within the next eight to ten years and top out at 100,000 students once growth has completed.  As a fast-growth district, NISD operates strategically and embraces the challenge of planning for new facilities that provide support to enhance the student learning environment.  Northwest ISD has 54 active housing developments within the school district and is approximately 15% built out.

As a district that places its vision on preparing students for their futures, NISD has developed the Profile of a Graduate.  This document is presented to each student and lists the specific skills and attributes for graduates to be future ready.  As 21st Century citizens, NISD students must be prepared with high levels of academic strength including literacy, digital skills, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication.

NISD received high marks on a recent security audit.  Results showed a significant amount of work and capital has been invested in the schools’ physical security.

Northwest ISD has been selected as a member of the Texas High-Performance Schools Consortium, a group that has been tasked with working toward educational transformation and informing the Commissioner of Education and Texas legislators about methods to improve student learning and accountability systems in Texas.

NISD ranks fifth in Center for Digital Education’s and National School Board Association’s 2015-2016 Digital School District’s Survey.  The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students and the community, as well as improve district operations.

Northwest ISD strives to be a leading model in innovative and reliable communications where community members are engaged in the NISD culture.  Stay connected with NISD on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and the district’s mobile app (available on iTunes and Google Play).

Specializations and Program Offerings: The district operates eight four-year academies that provide students with the knowledge, training and confidence to prepare for college and a career.  Academies in NISD are open to incoming freshman and provide hands-on learning opportunities, field-based experiences and internships.  The academies include The Academy for Media Arts and Technology, The Academy of Medical Professions, The NISD Collegiate Academy, The Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, The Cosmetology Academy, The Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, The Academy of Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and The Academy of Aeronautics & Aviation Sciences.  Additionally, the district offers numerous career pathways such as horticulture and agricultural science.  Members of NISD’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) are consistently rated a Gold at the state and national level.

NISD operates an Outdoor Learning Center, a 193-acre educational facility located in Northlake, providing an environment for students to explore, discover, imagine and create.  From discovery trails to creek studies and GPS devices to geocaching, the OLC is committed to providing students and teachers hands-on, real-life experiences.

Extracurricular: From fine arts and debate to theatre and dance, NISD is committed to providing every student with the highest level of instruction in visual and performing arts.  The district has been named a “Best Communities for Music Education in America” for eight consecutive years.  Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in fine arts programs in Northwest ISD.  Northwest ISD music groups accumulated a record-setting number of “Sweepstakes” awards during the 2015-2016 school year, with 40 ensembles receiving this high competition score.

The NISD health, physical education and athletics department strives to graduate student athletes who are career and college ready equipped with 21st Century learning skills.  The athletic programs promote participation in physical activities and health-conscious behaviors that prepare students for the ability to think critically, lead and appreciate the value of commitment and strong work ethic.  Approximately 4,900 students are enrolled in athletic programs in Northwest ISD.  The 2015-2016 school year marked great success for Northwest ISD athletes, with 14 teams qualifying for the UIL State Playoffs.  26 athletes qualified for state meets and tournaments.  Out of 26, there was two gold medalists, two silver medalists, and two bronze medalists.  As of April 2016, 55 NISD seniors have received an athletic scholarship and signed their NCAA Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

Safety and Security:  As the recipient of state and national recognition for its safety and security programs, Northwest ISD has maintained a commitment to providing a safe environment in which students can learn.  NISD recently participated in a security audit and results showed a significant amount of work and capital has already been invested in the schools’ physical security.  NISD teachers, staff and community have accepted personal ownership in the protocols, procedures and drills designed to support school safety.

Approximately 2,100 parents responded to a survey in December 2014 and 95% of parents agree their child feels safe at school. Additionally, NISD Campus Crime Stoppers attended the 21st Annual Campus Crime Stopper State Conference and received the “Productivity Award 2015-2016”: Greatest Dollar Recovery / Most Cases Cleared – Student Population 15,001 to 25,000 for the third consecutive year, as well as the “Television Competition 2015-2015”: Best Special Production / Public Service Announcement. This video was a collaboration effort by Wilson Middle School and Northwest High School.

M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: The M&O tax rate is $1.0400 and the I&S tax rate is 0.4125.

In November 2012, voters approved a $255 million bond referendum to provide for 4,000 additional new student seats, V.R. Eaton High School, a future middle school, technology for all classrooms and additions and improvements.  More information can be found at www.nisdtx.org/bond .

Average Home Value in District:            $248,334                      

Selling Points:  Northwest ISD celebrates the following achievements earned by the district, students and staff: 

District/Campus Accomplishments:

For the second consecutive year, NISD has been named to the College Board AP Honor Roll.  NISD is one of 23 districts in Texas to receive this recognition.

NISD ranks fifth in Center for Digital Education’s and National School Board Association’s 2015-2016 Digital School District’s Survey.

NISD Board of Trustees received the Dr. John R. Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute’s Texas School Board Excellence Award for excellence in education.

Northwest ISD is a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, selected by the Texas Education Agency, which extends the ongoing work of the Public Education Visioning Institute.  The vision encourages innovation, creativity and more meaningful assessment and accountability measures.

Northwest ISD received high marks on a recent security audit.  Results showed a significant amount of work and capital has been invested in the schools’ physical security.

NISD ranks in ‘Top 100’ Best Food School Districts in America.  NISD ranks 96 in the nation and eighth in the state of Texas.

Samuel Back Elementary School and Byron Nelson High School are two of 91 schools in Texas to receive the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) award.

Byron Nelson High School and James M. Steele Accelerated High School has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best High Schools ranking.  Byron Nelson High School has been ranked silver and Steele Accelerated High School has been ranked bronze.

NISD has been selected as a 2016 Best Communities for Music Education. This is the eighth consecutive year for Northwest ISD to be a member of such an elite group of districts who offer comprehensive, well-rounded music education.

Northwest ISD has earned a 4.0 star rating in the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) report for low cost, high efficiency operations. The district received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system for the tenth consecutive year.

The Northwest Independent School District budget document has been awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by ASBO for the fiscal years 2001-2002 through 2014-2015 and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal years 2002-2003 through 2015-2016.

Additionally, the Northwest Independent School District Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials for the 17th time and the Meritorious Budget Award for the 15th year.

Northwest ISD received the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations with Recognized Status from the Texas Association of School Business Officials for the fifth consecutive year.

The NISD Partners in Education program has recognized 103 official partners this year with a dedicated commitment to Northwest ISD students and a partnership with the school district.

For the second consecutive year, NISD has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Workplace by the American Heart AssociationThis year, the school district received a Gold Achievement.

 NISD was recognized by Texas School Business Magazine’s Texas Bragging Rights for the NISD Wellness Center.

 Roanoke and Granger elementary schools and Medlin Middle School have been announced as recipients of a Promising Practices Award from the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

NISD Campus Crime Stoppers attended the 21st Annual Campus Crime Stopper State Conference, hosted in Odessa Texas and received the “Productivity Award 2015-2016”: Greatest Dollar Recovery / Most Cases Cleared – Student Population 15,001 to 25,000 for the third consecutive year, as well as the “Television Competition 2015-2015”: Best Special Production / Public Service Announcement. This video was a collaboration effort by Wilson Middle School and Northwest High School.

For the third consecutive year, NISD has been recognized as a Fit-Friendly Workplace by the American Heart Association.

NISD received a School Safety Certification by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University.

The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) recognized the technology division with the Team Award.

Steele Accelerated High School’s environmental systems class collected 3,600 pounds of recycled items and placed sixth in the state in the Keep America Beautiful Recycle Bowl competition.

The NISD communications department received two awards from the National School Public Relations Association for the I Love NISD campaign and the On the Grow video production.

The National Parent Teacher Association has named Pike Middle School and Northwest High School to its list of just 173 Schools of Excellence.

The NISD Twitter account, @NorthwestISD, was ranked first ahead of several larger area school districts by the Texas Social Media Research Institute as the Number 1 Texas school district account for Region XI.

Student Accomplishments:

Byron Nelson students Sevine Dandan, Scott Hoppes and Luke Livingston placed fourth in the management decision making competition at the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Atlanta from June 29 to July 2.

The number of students earning National Merit Recognition doubled from 13 to 26.

Byron Nelson High School senior Gabrielle Williams is among the approximately 15,000 finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Fifteen NISD students have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Two NISD students have been named National Hispanic Recognition Scholars.

 The 2015-2016 school year marked great success for Northwest ISD athletes, with 14 teams qualifying for the UIL State Playoffs.  26 athletes qualified for state meets and tournaments.  Out of 26, there was two gold medalists, two silver medalists, and two bronze medalists.

Northwest ISD music groups accumulated a record-setting number of “Sweepstakes” awards during the 2015-2016 school year, with 40 ensembles receiving this high competition score.

Three NISD teams from Tidwell Middle School, Lakeview Elementary School, and Seven Hills Elementary School advanced to the Global Finals Destination Imagination Tournament.  Tidwell Middle School received first place out of 57 teams in the Instant Challenge competition.

Northwest High School senior Austin Hille will advance to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Salt Lake City this June after winning first place in dramatic interpretation at the National Qualifier.

The Gene Pike Varsity Women’s Select Choir has been selected as one of only three treble choirs in the entire state to perform for the 2016 Middle School/Junior High National Conference for Choral Music.

Steele Accelerated High School is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from BK to ‘flip a classroom.’

The Byron Nelson High School solar car team has won first place three consecutive years in the Solar Car Challenge.

In its first year as a firm, the Byron Nelson High School Virtual Enterprise International Business Program has been named national champions at the Global Business Challenge and International Trade Show. 

As of April 2016, 55 NISD seniors have received an athletic scholarship and signed their NCAA Letter of Intent to play collegiate sports.

The class of 2016 earned a combined total of more than $32 million in scholarships.

Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services has been included in Sullivan University’s 2014 Hospitality 100.

The NISD Culinary team is the Texas ProStart Culinary Champions for the fourth consecutive year.  The culinary team received first place and the management team received second place.

The culinary arts team received third place at the National ProStart Invitational in Grapevine.

Byron Nelson High School speech and debate team has been named the 4A State Champions.  This is the team’s second state title in three years.

BNHS business team earned first place in the commercial competition in the VEI South Region Trade Show and Business Plan Competition in South Carolina.

Steele Accelerated High School’s Maria Galvan participated in the national leadership conference in Washington, D.C. and will travel to Skills USA National Contest to compete in the Esthetics competition.

NHSTV has been named the ‘Best Video Newscast’ in Texas at the Technology Student Association Competition.

Four Academy of Media Arts and Technology students received second place at the National Convention of Student Television Network for “man on the street reporting.”

The BNHS debate team has won the state championship title.  This is the second state title in three years. Two students qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament.

Five Northwest ISD students were selected among the 952 fourth through eighth graders to participate in Education in Action’s 2015 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.  The Lone Star Leadership Academy experience provides a unique opportunity for outstanding students to learn about Texas leaders and what it means to be from the Lone Star State.

The Byron Nelson High School speech and debate team have received the National Speech and Debate Associations prestigious 100 Club title.

The Byron Nelson High School softball team has been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for having the highest high school team grade point average in the nation for four consecutive years.

Byron Nelson High School FFA team receives state honors and made NISD history by being the highest placing team and taking the most students to a state FFA Leadership Career Development Event.

The Veterinary Science Team from Byron Nelson High School received the first state championship win in NISD FFA veterinary tech history.

Northwest High School TV has been named the Best Daily Live Show in the Southwest Region by the Student Television Network.

NISD fine arts students set district record for state achievements advancing 12 students to the Texas Music Educators Association’s All-State band, choir, and orchestra.

NHS speech team members Austin Hille and Isaiah Thompson placed seventh in the nation for Duo Interpretation at the Harvard National Tournament. 

Culinary Arts students’ recipe has been selected for the PF Changs Kid’s Menu as part of the Medical City Children’s Hospital Kid Fit Menu program.

Devon Energy awarded Seven Hills Elementary a $10,000 grant to purchase a mobile STEM and maker space labs to be used to build resources to support the school’s STEM initiative.

The Byron Nelson High School student council is the recipient of the Texas Association of Student Councils Top 10 Project and Video award for their Dude Be Nice Week – a program used to increase campus morale and spirit.

Byron Nelson High School senior Caroline Gross has received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship Award. 

Byron Nelson High School junior Katelynn Powell has been accepted to the 2016 Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Staff Accomplishments:

Beck Elementary School Principal Sandy Conklin is the 2016 H-E-B Excellence in Education Elementary Principal winner, spotlighting some of the best educators in Texas for 15 years.

Byron Nelson High School Academy of Biomedical Sciences teachers Monica Valenta and Patrick Matouse have been selected to participate in a pilot program working with secondary biology students to map neurons in fly brains.

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented 29 grants to 14 campuses totaling $100,000.

The Northwest ISD technology department is the recipient of an Honorable Mention for CoSN’s 2016 Team Achievement Award. 

 Michael Griffin, Ed.D., Executive Director of Elementary Education, has been accepted as a member of Learning Forward’s Academy Class of 2018.

Medlin Middle School Principal Eric Drewery, Ed.D., and V.R. Eaton High School Principal Carri Eddy, Ed.D., are two of 95 principals from 61 school districts and four charter schools selected to participate in a summer leadership program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Northwest High School Principal Jason Childress has been named the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) Region XI Principal of the Year. V.R. Eaton High School Associate Principal Philo Waters, Ed.D., has been named the TASSP Region XI Assistant Principal of the Year.

Roanoke Elementary School teacher Monica Lemke has been named the Region XI Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Byron Nelson High School Associate Principal Todd Rogers and NISD’s Director of Counseling Jamie Farber have been honored by the Texas School Counselor Association. Mr. Rogers has been named the Counselor Advocate of the Year and Ms. Farber has been named the Counselor Supervisor of the Year.

District Philosophy:  Northwest ISD, in partnership with parents and community, will engage all students in a premier education, preparing them to be successful, productive citizens.  The district’s vision is to be the best and most sought-after school district where every student is future ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace and ready for personal success.

Core beliefs include:

  • Kids come first
  • Continuous improvement is essential for future success
  • The success of each student is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities
  • Environment influences learning