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Northwest Academies

Two Academies are housed at Northwest High School: the Creative Media Production Academy and the STEM Academy.


Cosmetology Academy

Did you know you can join the Cosmetology Academy, located at Steele ECHS, while still attending Northwest? Visit the Cosmetology page below to find out more!

Student practicing makeup in the Cosmetology Academy

Cosmetology Academy

For more information about The Salon at NISD Cosmetology Academy, click here.


Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Who can request enrollment for an academy?

Incoming 9th grade students may request enrollment to any one of the district academies. Academies may admit 10th grade students who are new to NISD with facilitator approval or students who are already enrolled on the same campus as the academy they are requesting.

What if I want to attend an academy that is not offered at my home campus?

You will have the opportunity to transfer to the campus of the academy for which you were accepted to participate in an academy. This will become your home campus.

Will the district provide transportation if I want to transfer in order to participate in an academy?

Yes, bus transportation will be provided both to and from school at regular school hours. Transportation will not be provided for out of district transfer students.

Who can request enrollment for NISD Cosmetology Academy?

NISD Cosmetology Academy is a two-year program. Students must request enrollment during their sophomore year to attend the NISD Cosmetology Academy for part of their day when they are juniors and seniors. Students remain at their home high school campus to complete their core academic classes and attend Steele ECHS for the Cosmetology program.
Note: NISD Cosmetology Academy will be located at Steele ECHS for 24-25 school year and will move to Northwest HS at the beginning of 25-26 school year.

Does the district provide transportation for students to attend NISD Cosmetology Academy?

Students can drive to Steele or NISD transportation is available for students during regular school hours.