Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Division of Curriculum & Instruction. Northside offers a broad selection of academic courses and electives. In addition to the core academic coursework,electives allow students to grow in foreign languages, the arts, and in other subjects. A comprehensive special education program is available for students who need additional assistance, and ESL (English as a Second Language) and bilingual programs are in place to help students for whom English is not the primary language.

STAAR Information

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness will replace the TAKS test. Click here for more information.

TEKS Information

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), comprise the state-mandated curriculum guidelines that establish what every student, from elementary school through high school, should know and be able to do. They were developed to comply with §28.002(c) and (d) of the Texas Education Code.

TAKS Information

The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is a standardized test used to assess students' attainment of skills in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) TAKS has been developed to better reflect good instructional practice and more accurately measure student learning.

Texas high school seniors cannot graduate unless they pass exit-level TAKS tests in English language arts, social studies, math, and science.

End of Course Exams

With Senate Bill 1031 in spring 2007, Texas legislators repealed TAKS in favor of End of Course exams in high school; however, this change will happen gradually. Students who enter ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year will have to take end-of-course exams in core subjects. Students who entered ninth grade before 2011 will still have to pass the exit-level TAKS to graduate.

Online resources

  • Northside Educational Improvement Council

    The NEIC is the district decision-making committee established to involve professional staff, parents, and community members in establishing and reviewing the district's and campuses' educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs.

  • Planning for graduation

    Course sequences, sample plans, and answers to common questions about requirements for graduation.

Division of Curriculum & Instruction

Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Janis Jordan
(210) 397-8635

Executive Director for Elementary Instruction

Patricia Sanchez
(210) 397-8644

Executive Director for High School Instruction

Anthony Jarrett

Executive Director of School Improvement

Linda Zarakas
(210) 397-8833