NISD officials predict enrollment increase

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Northwest school district projects a 7 percent increase in enrollment this coming school year. The district ended the school year with about 17,800 students, and an additional 1,200 students are expected in 2013-14.

Those new and returning students will now be able to set up their schedules with a paperless enrollment process. The new online registration and information verification process launched in April for new students. Returning students will begin using online enrollment starting Aug. 1.

“The feedback has been very positive,” said Emily Conklin, the district’s director of communication. “This is making the process easier for families. All forms required to update and verify information for students are available online.”

In the past, Northwest issued back-to-school packets to students on the first day of school for families to complete and return. Now, parents or guardians can enroll their child with a click of a button.

“To our knowledge, we are one of the only school districts in the area to launch an enrollment online system that is completely paperless,” Conklin said.

Once the online enrollment process is complete, parents or guardians will need to bring items like a birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency or other items to the student’s campus in order to complete enrollment.

An online summer help center has been established at the administration building because campuses are closed for the summer until July 22. At the center, a district representative is available to assist and answer questions. Computers are accessible for those who need one. Once the campuses reopen on July 22, computers will also be available to use at the child’s school.

“The feedback has been extremely positive in regards to the process and convenience of an online system,” Conklin said. “The district has also partnered with local libraries to assist families who should need to use a computer to complete the enrollment process.”

Parents can access the online feature by going to www.nisdtx.org/enrollment.

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