Learn more about Northside's magnet schools

January 4, 2016

Eighth graders and eligible students are invited to attend the 2016 Magnet School Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 12 at Paul Taylor Field House, 7001 Culebra Road.

Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 school year for all five NISD magnet programs, which include Business CareersCommunications Arts, and Health Careers high schools, Construction Careers Academy, and the John Jay Science and Engineering Academy.

Northside magnet schools offer a focused, career-specific education for students who show an interest in a particular field or know what career path they want to take. Today, about 3,000 students are enrolled in NISD magnet programs.

For a complete description and contact information for each program, please read the NISD Magnet Schools brochure.

All Northside eighth graders are eligible for enrollment. Health Careers High School is the only magnet school to accept students who live outside the District. Some schools accept applications from students already in high school. Please check with individual programs for application and age requirements. Enrollment is limited at each school.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 8.

At the Magnet School Fair, representatives will be available to provide details about the program and information on the application process. Representatives from the O’Connor HS agriculture program will also attend the Fair.

In addition, representatives of the magnet schools will be giving presentations and passing out applications at each middle school campus on the following dates:

Jan. 6: Neff and Jordan

Jan. 7: Hobby and Briscoe

Jan. 8: Bernal and Ross


Jan. 19: Vale and Rawlinson

Jan. 20: Hector Garcia and Rudder

Jan. 22: Zachry and Jones


Jan. 25: Connally and Folks

Jan. 26: Jefferson and Stinson

Jan. 27: Stevenson and Luna

Jan. 28: Pease and Rayburn


Open House/Campus Tours are also scheduled at each magnet school:

Business Careers High School – Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Communications Arts High School – Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Construction Careers Academy – Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Health Careers High School – Jan. 21 and Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jay Science and Engineering Academy – Jan. 25 and Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.