Magnet Schools

Magnet schools are traditional public schools, accountable to the state and the local school board, offering a specific academic focus along with the standard core curriculum. They are named “magnets” because applications are open to students from across school zone boundaries.

High Schools


Communications Arts

Communications Arts High School promotes rigorous, foundational learning in a personal, supportive environment, developing skills in communications and technology, emphasizing collaborative choice and fluidity between disciplines, creating global citizens and leaders.

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Construction Careers Academy

Construction Careers Academy provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum with a focus on construction technology, construction management, architectural design, applied engineering and real-world experience that will prepare students for studies in higher education and/or a career in a construction related industry.

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Health Careers

Health Career High School equips students to serve their communities with compassion, integrity, and excellence by engaging them with a rigorous and comprehensive academic program focused on an exploration of health professions and real-world applications of medical knowledge and skills.

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John Jay Science & Engineering Academy

John Jay Science & Engineering Academy provides students of diverse backgrounds an advanced and rigorous curriculum in all core subjects with a focus on Science, Engineering, Mathematics and technology that shows real-world relevance and will prepare them for further study in higher education and their chosen careers.

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Marshall Law & Medical Services

The Marshall Law and Medical Services Magnet School creates a safe, risk-taking environment for students that models and fosters effective communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  Our students will be prepared with practical knowledge and skills with strands of study within Public Services: Criminal Justice, Court Systems, Behavioral Health, EMT, Fire Science, Legal Governance, Public Administration, PreNursing, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. 

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NSITE

NSITE High School is San Antonio's premier business and technology magnet school, offering cutting edge Cybersecurity, Programming and Software Development, and Entrepreneurship curricula.  NSITE provides unique learning experiences by fostering a spirit of innovation and problem-solving through high quality instruction and specialized courses focused on technology applications, business principles, and project-based learning. 

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Agriculture Academy

Agriculture Science & Technology Academy provides a hands-on, rigorous education that will equip students for their postsecondary choices.  We will focus on responsibility, integrity and leadership development through our courses by providing students real world experiences in the fields of Agribusiness, Animal & Plant Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental & Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine.

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CAST Teach High School

The Northside ISD CAST Teach High School presents a unique opportunity to develop and empower its students, so that they in turn, as future educators, have a bigger impact on generations to come. Opening in August of 2022, the CAST Teach High School will not only ensure students have a strong foundation in educational practices, it will also provide experiences in schools - side by side with mentor educators, coaches, counselors, and librarians.

Middle Schools


Jones Magnet

Jones Magnet School creates authentic learning experiences whereby students come to think like engineers and scientists.  Every student will be exposed to the world of STEM careers.  Every student will have opportunities to explore their passions and curiosities.  Every student will have highly prepared and motivated teachers.  Every student will have access to world class facilities and resources.

Zachry Magnet

At Zachry Magnet School, we are building a community culture of learning, with experiences to enhance the understanding of global communications, cyber security, and information technology.

High School Magnet FAQ’s

Yes, students may apply to all or as many magnet high schools as they choose to.

We encourage students to apply to as many as they are able to so they can have choices in which to select from at the end.

Parents of Northside students do not need to create an account if they either enrolled online this year or completed the priority registration for returning students last spring.  If they receive a message that an account already exists for the email address entered, please click the 'Forgot Password?" link and an email will be sent with instructions to reset their password.  Out of district parents and new to NISD students will need to create an account to complete the application.

Students will only be accepted into one magnet school this year.

Students are encouraged to do their best at all times. A few bad grades can be turned into a few good/decent grades too. We do not discourage students from applying because there could be many variables that are contributing to the “bad” grades. The applications list “C’s” are acceptable.

Transportation is free and accessible to students. The usual arrangement is that students will get picked up at their nearest NISD MS or ES. Or, if it is not within our NISD boundaries, transportation will set up a route for them. Once the student/parent knows which Magnet HS the student will attend, the Magnet HS can set them up automatically with transportation OR the parent can contact transportation to set up their new route.

If a student wishes to leave one Magnet HS to attend another Magnet HS, student will need to wait for the following school year to re-apply to the Magnet HS that they want to attend; given that the student is not classified higher than freshman status, so the student can begin as a sophomore at their “newly” selected Magnet HS; if accepted.

If you do not get accepted in your 8th grade year to begin as a freshman at a Magnet HS, you can apply again during recruiting season as a freshman so you can begin as a 10th grader at a Magnet HS; if accepted.

Letters of Recommendation are not a requirement, but are always welcomed.

Students are encouraged to use their academic support system that is set in place (such as teachers, counselors, administrators, tutoring services, and other opportunities offered) before they make decisions about leaving the Magnet HS to their Comprehensive HS. In the end, the decision will be made by the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Students are encouraged to communicate with their Magnet HS Principal before taking such action and then take steps to withdraw from the Magnet HS and then enroll at their comprehensive high school.

Magnet HS located on comprehensive HS campuses collaborate regularly to make decisions that maximize the potential benefits of all magnet students. Students will take some courses at the comprehensive campus as a magnet student. Specific courses taken will vary by campus.

November 29, 2021: Application window opens

January 14, 2022: Application window closes

January 21, 2022:  Acceptance letter mailed

February 4, 2022: Decision deadline

Magnet Schools

Principal
Jones Magnet 1256 Pinn Rd, San Antonio TX, 78227 210-397-2230 Michella Wheat
Zachry Magnet 9410 Timber Path, San Antonio TX, 78250 210-397-7490
Communications Arts 11600 Culebra Road, San Antonio TX 78253 210-397-6043 Dr. Lisa Baker
Construction Careers Academy 9411 Military Drive West, San Antonio, Texas 78251 (210) 397-4294 James Mears
Health Careers 4646 Hamilton Wolfe, San Antonio TX, 78229 210-397-5400 Jay Sumpter
John Jay Science and Engineering Academy 7611 Marbach Rd, San Antonio TX, 78227 210-397-2773 Crystal Mitchell
Marshall Law and Medical Services 8000 Lobo Lane San Antonio, TX, 78240 210-397-7194 Margaret Bray
NSITE 6500 Ingram Rd, San Antonio TX, 78238 210-397-7070 Brad Hebert
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