Northside Independent School District, where we pride ourselves on our outstanding educators and our superior instructional and extracurricular programs. Northside often is called San Antonio’s “destination district” because the majority of people building new houses in the area chose to make NISD home. The growth is a testament to the quality of the schools in Northside ISD, which is one of the largest and most diverse Recognized school districts in the state. Northside’s enrollment for the 2011-12 school year is expected to be 97,321, which makes us the fourth largest school district in Texas behind Houston, Dallas, and Cypress-Fairbanks.
We also are one of the fastest growing districts in Texas. In fact, two new schools will open for the 2011-12 school year. These new schools will help accommodate our exploding enrollment, which is growing by about 3,000 students a year. That means we are growing by a classroom of students every day! Fortunately, we are on schedule to complete construction projects funded by School Bond 2007, and construction already has started on School Bond 2010 projects. I am happy to tell you that, despite our size and our growth, we still maintain a cohesive, family-friendly atmosphere that places the utmost importance on student success, community involvement, and fiscal responsibility.
I welcome you to visit any of our 100-plus campuses, as well as our newest schools, Lieck and Mireles elementary schools. Whether you’re a parent, a business owner, or a community member, there are a number of ways for you to become connected with the school district, including the Northside Education Foundation, which awards grants to teachers for classroom innovation, the Adopt-A-School program, the School-Business-Community Partnerships, and our many mentorship opportunities. Northside truly is San Antonio’s premier school district and I assure you we will continue to maintain our tradition of academic excellence for every student in Northside. Sincerely, John M. Folks, Ed.D. Superintendent.
Our Mission The Northside Independent School District is committed to the belief that children come first. The mission of the district is to encourage each student to strive for personal excellence and to ensure all students learn to function, contribute, and compete as responsible individuals in an ever-changing world. Our Beliefs The well-being and education of children are vital to the future of our society. Everyone shares in the responsibility for the education of children.
Every individual has a contribution to make to society and has a responsibility to do so. The quality of our schools directly affects the quality of our community. All people can learn. Challenge, effort, self-discipline, and opportunity to learn are necessary for students to reach their potential. Learning is a lifelong process. People are our most important resource. Each individual has worth and deserves respect. The family unit provides the foundation for all learning.
Parents have the responsibility and the right to be meaningfully involved with their child’s education. The diversity of our cultural heritage enriches life. Individuals are responsible for their actions. A basic role of an educational system is the intellectual growth and development of the student. An educated population is necessary to sustain a democratic society. Learning is accomplished through challenging learning experiences provided by superior educators in partnership with parents and the community in a climate of cooperation and mutual respect.
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