Northside Independent School District's Communications Arts High School is a magnet school housed on the William Howard Taft High School campus as a "school within a school." We are located just outside Loop 1604 on Culebra Road in Northwest San Antonio.

Communications Arts High School (CAHS) promotes rigorous, foundational learning in a personal, supportive environment, where students develop skills in communications and technology, and courses emphasize collaborative choice and fluidity between disciplines. CAHS offers a college preparatory setting that is rich, inviting, and rigorous. Cross-curricular lessons are infused with technology and realworld experiences to create students who can communicate successfully in many modes. Students will be able to explore cultural, social, rhetorical, and communications processes, which makes them marketable in any career field.

Students are enrolled in core classes that are Pre-AP, AP, and/or Dual Credit. Unique to CAHS, students will fulfill 3 Spanish credits, 4 communications credits, and a leadership course that includes a mentorship experience. CAHS students are able to take advantage of any extracurricular activity at Taft HS such as athletics, spirit, band, and ROTC. Typically, a Multidisciplinary Studies diploma endorsement is obtained through the CAHS curriculum. However, other endorsements may be earned based on different elective choices.

Any NISD eighth grade student may apply for admission. Each year, approximately 130 freshmen are accepted to enter the four-year program. An admissions committee reviews each application for acceptance.


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.


To create confident, global citizens, bold and articulate communicators, self-directed leaders whose intellectual curiosity leads to positive change and societal transformation.

Other magnet schools in our district are:

2016 FACTS:

  • Class of 2016 earned over $13 million in scholarships.

  • Alumni are currently enrolled in major universities in Texas and the United States including the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Stanford University, Columbia University,  Brown University, the University of Notre Dame, and The Air Force Academy.

  • 99% of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen took the PSAT in 2015.

  • STAAR End of Course test(s) results: 99% of students passed EOC exams (9th, 10th, and 11th)

  • 99% of the Class of 2015 took the SAT with a mean score of 1100 (CR+M). Reading mean: 553 Math mean: 549, Writing mean: 543; 38.79% of our seniors took the ACT in 2015 and had a mean composite score of 24.0

  • In 2016, Comm Arts seniors took 324 AP exams while more than 85% of those students earned a 3 or higher while in high school.

  • National Merit Scholarship Program - Class of 2016: 5 National Hispanic Scholars

Student Publications and Productions:

  • Unity - CAHS Yearbook

  • Ampersand - CAHS Literary Magazine

  • Seguidores - Spanish-Language Newsletter

  • Weekly video announcements

  • Annual recruitment video

More Achievements:

  • Ranked one of America’s Top 100 Schools by Newsweek and Washington Post, 2006-2014

  • Express-News Academic “A” Team winners 14 years in a row

  • PBS News Hour Student Reporting Lab school

  • Teens in the Driver Seat 2008-2016: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for Public Service Announcements for the past ten years

  • Student-produced videos chosen for screening at various film festivals