Northside ISD is the 31st largest public school system in the United States based on enrollment, according to a report issued by the National Center for Educational Statistics. NISD's enrollment is projected to hit 94,369 in 2010, although the statistics used for this ranking is for 2009. NCES is an agency of the U.S. Department of Education.
"NISD is a very large urban, suburban and rural district, but it feels like a small district because we are truly a community," Superintendent John Folks said. "There are generations of families that have attended Northside schools."
NISD is the fourth largest district in Texas. Only Houston ISD, Dallas ISD, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Houston area) are larger.
"Northside ISD is also a Texas Education Agency 'Recognized' District, which is no small feat for a district this large, especially when you consider the diversity of the population," Folks added.
Northside ISD continues to grow by about 3,000 students a year and opens two to five schools a year to keep up with growth. NISD has 108 schools spread across 355 square miles of northwest and west Bexar County.
The report also names 17 school districts in Texas that have at least 50,000 students.