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James M. Steele Early College High School

Steele Early College High School serves as Northwest ISD’s collegiate- and career-focused high school, providing students with a nontraditional environment to focus on advancing their academics in a manner that fits their goals.

The school, located in Roanoke, is named after James M. Steele, an education advocate who served nine years on the Northwest ISD school board. Mr. Steele was a Roanoke resident who volunteered his time at Roanoke Elementary School and was friends with Byron Nelson, namesake of a nearby Northwest ISD comprehensive high school. Steele was founded in 2010 after the former Roanoke Elementary building was retrofitted for the nontraditional high school.

Steele is known for its unique atmosphere, where students take charge of their education and share their talents in a variety of ways, such as having a school band frequently performing during lunch.

The school is home to two of the district’s academies, the Early College High School and the NISD Cosmetology Academy. The former allows students to focus on their post-secondary collegiate plans by offering several dual credit course offerings to gain college credit, while the latter allows students to learn tools of their desired trade to earn cosmetology certification.

Steele has received numerous accolades for its school and student accomplishments, including being named to the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list for two consecutive years.

Established: 2010
Mascot: Stallions
Colors: Gray and Red