Magnet schools offer choices for NISD students

Northside ISD offers six magnet high schools for eighth graders to choose from and several opportunities to learn about each program this fall.

The annual Magnet School Fair is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at both Paul Taylor Field House and the Northside Sports Gym. Students, teachers, and administrators from each magnet school will be at both locations. Representatives from the O’Connor HS agriculture program will also attend the Fair.

In addition, each magnet school will host open houses during the month of December. Students and families will be able to tour the schools, visit with students and staff, and ask questions during the evening events.

Middle school students will also have the opportunity to learn more about the magnet schools during school-day visits to the Northside Sports Gym & Northside Activity Center the week of December 10.

Applications will be available Nov. 29 for the 2019-2020 school year for Communications Arts and Health Careers high schools, Construction Careers and Jay Science & Engineering academies, Northside School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (N-SITE), formerly known as Business Careers, and the new Marshall Law & Medical Services Magnet School.

Applications will be posted on each school’s website and are due Jan. 11, 2019. Eighth graders can get information about the application process from their middle school counselors.

All Northside eighth graders are eligible for enrollment. Health Careers High School is the only magnet school to accept students who live outside the District. Some schools accept applications from students already in high school. Please check with individual programs for application and age requirements. Enrollment is limited at each school.

The Northside Sports Gym is located at 8400 N. Loop 1604 W. in the Farris Athletic Complex and Paul Taylor Field House and the Northside Activity Center are located at 7001 Culebra Road.

Important dates for Magnet Schools:

Magnet School Fair – Nov. 29, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Paul Taylor Field House & Northside Sports Gym

Applications Available – Nov. 29

Applications Due – Jan. 11, 2019

Acceptance Letters Mailed – Jan. 22, 2019

Commitment Forms Due – Feb. 1, 2019

Magnet School Open Houses: (all from 6:30 - 8 p.m.)

N-SITE – Dec. 3, Dec. 17

Communications Arts – Dec. 18

Construction Careers Academy – Dec. 19

Health Careers – Dec. 4, Dec. 12, Dec. 13, Dec. 17

Marshall Law & Medical Services – Dec. 6, Dec. 11, Dec. 17

Jay Science & Engineering Academy – Dec. 18, Dec. 20