Welcome to 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 choose 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 school districts in the state.

Northside’s enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is expected to be 106,630 and we are opening a high school and an elementary school. We are the fourth largest school district in Texas behind Houston, Dallas, and Cypress-Fairbanks.

Enrollment continues to increase by about 1,000 students a year. Fortunately, construction is well underway on projects approved by voters in School Bond 2014, which includes five new schools, and renovations and additions to numerous existing campuses. We are also exploring needs for a possible recommendation of a school bond in 2018.

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, Harlan High School and Kallison Elementary School.

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 and is one of the top 50 education foundations in the country. Other ways to get involved include the Adopt-A-School program, School-Business-Community Partnerships, and our many mentorship opportunities.

I also invite you to stay connected with NISD by joining the Friends of Northside network. We will send you weekly news and announcements about Northside ISD. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Soon we will also unveil a new mobile app. 

Northside truly is San Antonio’s premier school district of choice and I assure you we will continue to maintain our tradition of academic excellence for every student. We teach every child based on their individual needs and work to provide them access to the programs of their choosing. While doing that for over 106,000 students is daunting, it is also our responsibility – one we are committed to honoring.


Brian T. Woods, Ed.D.

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.


Athletics Stan Laing, Executive Director
Northside Police Charlie Carnes, Chief of Police
Pupil Personnel Vicky Sullivan, Director
Resource Planning (Boundaries) Debbie McNierney, Director
Transportation Rafael Salazar, Director