North Forest Independent School District is located in the northeast section of Harris county. The district covers some 33 square miles and serves approximately 11,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
NFISD is fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency; it is also accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accreditation agency. A predominately African-American school system, the ethnic makeup of the district is 77 percent African American; 22 percent Hispanic; .6 percent white; and .8 percent Asian.
North Forest ISD operates seven elementary schools, two intermediate schools, three middle schools, two high schools and one career and technology school. The Learning Academy, a school within a school located on the B. C. Elmore Middle School campus, houses students who are unable to function well in the traditional educational setting. Other facilities in the district are the transportation, food services and maintenance center, the district police complex, and administrative offices, currently located at 7201 Langley Road. The Jones-Cowart Stadium, located on the M. B. Smiley High School campus, is used for district athletic events as well as other activities. Four of the district’s schools are new campuses, having been financed by a bond election approved by voters in 1997. The school board recently approved the construction of a new R. E. Kirby Middle School and a new administration to replace the one destroyed by Tropical Storm Allison.
With nearly 1500 on the payroll, the district is the largest employer in the community. North Forest ISD employs about 600 teachers and about 840 other staff members including secretaries and paraprofessionals.