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About NISD

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Northwest Independent School District, home to more than 30,000 students across 34 campuses, provides premier educational services and opportunities to families in the northwest corridor of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

With a vision of empowering learners and leaders to positively impact the world, Northwest ISD remains committed to providing all students with an education that prepares them for the future – whether in college, the workforce or military. That commitment extends beyond schools, as the district mission is to collaborate with students, families, communities and global partners to engage in a culture of learning that prepares all students to confidently navigate their future.

Families who live in Northwest ISD enjoy a community-focused atmosphere where children are welcomed by caring teachers. Core subjects are joined by a multitude of career and technical education offerings, culminating with academies and pathways that provide students with skills needed for life after graduation. Award-winning extracurricular offerings in athletics and fine arts encourage students to explore their passions and push boundaries.

A key aspect of the modern Northwest ISD story revolves around the district’s growth. Through the combination of 1,000 to 1,600 new students joining the district’s total enrollment each year as well as developers constructing thousands of new homes in the district’s boundaries annually, Northwest ISD ranks as the fastest-growing school district in North Texas. This growth helps the district attract and retain the best teachers and support staff in the state. With rapidly growing housing options, families come to Northwest ISD not just for its renowned education, but also for its attractive living environment.

While the district looks forward to its future, it also advances using the lessons of unity from its past. Northwest ISD’s lineage traces its roots to the late 1800s, when local schools were created to serve children as the population grew amid new railroads, general stores and livery stables. In 1948, the state voted to approve the formation of Northwest ISD through the one-school districts of Haslet, Justin, Rhome and Roanoke voluntarily consolidating together, with New Fairview (then known as Fairview) agreeing to join the new district the following year. Northwest ISD formally began operations in 1949, and in 1950, construction began on a consolidated high school.

Encompassing 234 square miles, Northwest ISD serves all or part of 14 cities, towns or communities. These include Aurora, Haslet, Justin, New Fairview, Newark, Northlake, Rhome and Trophy Club, along with portions of Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Keller, Roanoke, Southlake and Westlake. As one of the largest school districts in the area, Northwest ISD’s geographical area extends into three counties: Denton, Tarrant and Wise.