Overcrowding causes students to enroll at another high school

June 18, 2015

For the next two years, Taft High School will cap attendance. This means that any new-to-Taft students who move into certain parts of the Taft attendance zone will be temporarily capped (moved) to Brennan High School which still has some room and is close to Taft. 

The cap is necessary because next year Taft’s enrollment will be almost 3,100 students and will continue to grow to about 3,500 students before the next high school opens to provide relief. The Taft High School zone is the fastest growing area in Northside ISD. 

Between 150 and 200 students new to the Taft attendance area will be affected each year for two years until the new Harlan High School opens in summer 2017.  All students who are capped to Brennan will be provided bus transportation. 

This cap will only affect students who are new residents in the identified zones on or after June 5, 2015.  Some students at Briscoe, Zachry, and Connally middle schools will be affected. Middle school students in areas feeding Taft are eligible to attend Taft provided they are residents BEFORE June 5, 2015.  Some students who move into capped neighborhoods of Briscoe, Zachry and Connally middle schools could be affected when they become freshmen.

To determine if your home address is impacted, go to NISD's Boundries and Buses site  and enter your address.

NISD recently broke ground on the new Harlan High School which is located about five miles west of Taft off FM471W at the Medina Valley ISD boundary line. The Culebra Road (FM471) corridor as well as the Potranco Road corridor outside Loop 1604 are both high-growth areas. Harlan will become the District’s 11thcomprehensive high school.

After Harlan opens, students who were capped have the option to complete their education at Brennan.  However, if the capped area is part of the approved boundary change to Harlan, the capped students would be required to attend Harlan. The official attendance zone for Harlan High School will not be approved until spring 2016 following a public hearing.

“While it may sound confusing,” says Debbie McNierney, Director of Resource Planning, “the plan is well thought out and we will be glad to visit with any family who has questions.” 

The last time NISD capped a high school was when Stevens High School was capped before Brennan High School opened to provide overcrowding relief. The Resource Planning Office can be reached at 210-397-8588.