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. CAHS students are able to take advantage of any extracurricular activity at Taft HS such as athletics, spirit, band, and ROTC. All students agree to pursue the Multidisciplinary Studies diploma endorsement 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 200 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:

2018 FACTS:

  • Class of 2018 earned approximately $10 million in scholarships.

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

  • 99% of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen took the PSAT in 2018.

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

  • 99% of the Class of 2019 took the SAT, with a mean score of 1135 (CR+M).
    ERW mean: 587; Math mean: 549;

  • 27% of the Class of 2018 took the ACT in 2017-18 and had a mean composite score of 25.9.

  • In 2018, our students took a total of 890 AP exams; 472 of those exams earned a score of 3 or above.

  •   5 4 3 2 1 total exams
    Number of Exams 95 146 231 237 181 890
    Percentage of Total Exams 11 16 26 27 20 100
    Number of AP Students 63 107 175 188


  • National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: Class of 2018 had 4 Commended Scholars and 1 finalist


  • 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

  • Student-produced videos chosen for screening at various film festivals and winners in multiple contests every year