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District/Campus Accomplishments

Northwest ISD is a member of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, selected by the Texas Education Agency, which extends the ongoing work of the Public Education Visioning Institute. The vision encourages innovation and creativity as well as meaningful assessment and accountability measures.

Northwest ISD was one of five Texas school districts named a finalist in the 2020 HEB Excellence in Education Awards.

Northwest ISD received high marks on a recent security audit. Results showed a significant amount of work and capital has been invested in the schools’ physical security.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Northwest Independent School District for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending  June 30, 2019 for the 18th time.  In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report.  This report satisfied both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

The Northwest Independent School District was awarded the ASBO Certificate of Excellence.  The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of a state and local government financial report. The GFOA and ASBO award is for school districts whose comprehensive annual financial reports substantially conform to the recommended principles and standards of financial reporting adopted by that organization.  The award is granted after an intensive review of financial reports by an expert panel of certified public accountants and practicing school business officials.

The Northwest ISD budget document was awarded the Meritorious Budget Award by ASBO for the fiscal year 2019-2020 for the 18th time. The Northwest ISD budget document was awarded  the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by GFOA for the fiscal year 2019-2020 for the 17th time.

The National Parent Teacher Association named three Northwest ISD schools – Hughes and Lakeview elementary schools as well as Pike Middle School – to its list of 2020-22 Schools of Excellence. The schools were named to the list for maintaining positive community environments with their associations.

The designs of the Outdoor Learning Center and V.R. Eaton High School earned the Caudill Class recognition in the Texas Association of School Administrators’ annual architecture competition, the top honor available for a school’s architecture.

Byron Nelson, Eaton and Northwest high schools were named recipients of the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas – or CREST – award. This award is the top honor for public school counseling staffs in the state.

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation named Northwest ISD to its 2020 Best Communities for Music Education list, marking the 12th consecutive time the district has received the honor. School districts selected to this list are awarded for their demonstration of outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music education and access to all students.

Northwest ISD was named a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association. 

Byron Nelson High School has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best High Schools list. The recognition places Byron Nelson in the top third of schools across the nation, according to the publication.

BNHS had four National Merit Scholar Finalists from the Class of 2020: Emma Cooley, Rebecca Croucher, Chet Graswich, and Madeline Otterson. An additional five students were named as National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholars, and three students were named as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education recognized Steele Accelerated High School as a 2018-19 Texas Honor Roll awardee. Steele earned the recognition for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, student improvement over time and a reduction in achievement gaps.

Justin Elementary School was honored as a School Transforming Learning by the Principals’ Institute, recognizing each school’s commitment to providing innovative educational services. Just five elementary schools across Texas received the honor in 2020.

Niche.com ranks Northwest ISD among the top 100 school districts in Texas for the 2020-2021 school year. The website gave the district high marks in all categories, particularly academics, college prep, and clubs and activities.

Northwest ISD schools earned the EPA Energy Star certification for their energy conservation. Buildings with this certification are guaranteed to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide in terms of conserving energy usage.

Prairie View and Seven Hills elementary schools were named Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools for their positive student response to the program’s leadership and emotional development initiatives.

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation, in partnership with Partners in Education and MV Reliant, distributed more than 24,000 snack packs to student homes while campuses were closed due to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northwest ISD Education Foundation provided $20,000 in resources to give school supplies, books and personal care items to students in need. This funding included a donation of more than 2,600 new reading books, which were delivered directly to students without these resources at home

Student Accomplishments

Northwest ISD’s high school fine arts programs combined to have 12 students named to the Texas Music Educator Association’s all-state music groups. Students were selected from each of the district’s three comprehensive high schools into five groups – all-state band, all-state jazz ensemble, all-state mixed choir, all-state tenor-bass choir and all-state treble choir.

The staff of NHSTV, the student-run television network at Northwest High School operated by the Academy of Media Arts & Technology, was named the Best Daily Live Show in the Southwest Region by the Student Television Network for the fifth consecutive year.

Twelve Northwest ISD Destination Imagination teams advanced to the Texas Destination Imagination Global Finals, the top national and international round of competition for the problem-solving contest. Teams represented the following NISD schools: Lizzie Curtis, Nance, Lakeview, Schluter, J.C. Thompson, and Seven Hills elementary schools, Leo Adams and Medlin middle schools, and Northwest and Byron Nelson high schools.

Byron Nelson High School Varsity Volleyball team won the 2019 Texas 6A State Volleyball Championships. Junior Charitie Luper was the State Tournament MVP.

Byron Nelson High School Varsity Volleyball team was named the 2019 USA Today National Champion with a record of 50-2. The team also was named the 2019 PrepVolleyball.com National Runner-up, and the 2019 MaxPreps XCellent 25 National Runner-up.

Byron Nelson High School’s Paige Flickinger earned the Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.  The award was given for her exemplary play in her sport as well as her academic excellence.

Head Byron Nelson High School Volleyball Coach Brianne Barker-Groth was named National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year.

The Byron Nelson High School cheerleading squad earned silver medals by finishing second overall in the 6A Division II classification of the 2020 UIL State Spirit Championships.

The Eaton High School cheerleading squad earned bronze medals by finishing third overall in the 6A Division II classification of the 2020 UIL State Spirit Championships.

Five Northwest ISD wrestlers earned medals at the 2020 UIL Wrestling State Tournament.

Seven Northwest ISD swimmers were State Qualifiers at the 2020 UIL Swimming State Meet.

Seventy-two Northwest ISD senior student-athletes have signed to play collegiate sports after graduating in 2019-2020, spanning all three of the district’s comprehensive high schools.

Northwest ISD Fine Arts students earned more than $3.1 million in scholarships to continue Fine Arts studies.

Northwest High School earned three nominations and Byron Nelson High School earned two nominations in the ninth annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards.

Northwest ISD’s three comprehensive high schools combined for 18 nominations in the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, one of the top theatre awards contests in the state. Byron Nelson High School’s Josh Daugherty won the overall award for excellence in sound design and Eaton High School’s Alex Kougias, Hallie Fraze, and Matti Andrews won the overall award for excellence in lighting design.

Eaton High School band named 2020 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition winner, one of the highest honors a percussion program can receive in the world.

Byron Nelson High School Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, one of only three schools in the country to be invited to perform as a symphony orchestra.

Staff Accomplishments

The Northwest ISD Education Foundation presented 45 teaching grants to 21 campuses totaling $110,000.

NEF also awarded 32 scholarships to students across all four high schools totaling $60,600. 

Byron Nelson High School Counselor Jennifer Martinez received the 2019-2020 Texas School Counselors Association’s Secondary High School Counselor of the Year.

Northwest ISD’s communications team earned 10 state awards in the Texas School Public Relations Association’s 2020 Star Awards banquet. These awards serve as the top professional honors for school public relations professionals in the state.