Naaman Forest High School
|Naaman Forest High School|
|4843 Naaman Forest Boulevard
Garland, Texas, Dallas County, 75040-2732
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Garland Independent School District|
|Superintendent||Bob Morrison, Ed.D.|
|Principal||Doctor Erika Crump|
|Assistant principals||Mike Bustillos
|Hours in school day||7 |
|Color(s)||Green & White with Orange accent|
|Rival||Sachse High School|
|Website||Naaman Forest High School|
Naaman Forest High School is a public secondary school located in Garland, Texas (USA). Like most Texas high schools, Naaman Forest enrolls students in grades 9-12. It is a part of the Garland Independent School District.
NFHS is built on a 62.13 acre site, which backs up to a natural forest preserve. It opened in 1988 with grades 6-9. Naaman Forest dropped a lower grade and added a higher grade until it attained senior high school status in 1992. Naaman Forest today serves 2,600 students, compared with 836 twenty years ago. Naaman Forest has been fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since being founded. 
Statistics (per 2010)
The attendance rate for students at the school is 95%, compared with a state average of 96%. 44% of the students at Naaman Forest are economically disadvantaged, 12% enroll in special education, 4% enroll in gifted and talent programs, 24% are enrolled in career and technology programs, and 28% are considered "limited English proficient."
Teachers at the school carry, on average, 10 years of teaching experience and 7% of the teachers on staff are first-year teachers.
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Naaman Forest also features FFA. Future Farmers of America promotes classes such as Horticulture, Plant Propagation, Intro to Horticulture, and many other fields.
Building Trades is a class that exposes the student to the Construction field. The project is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house that is given to Garland Habitat. The house is built on the school campus, at this point one a year, and then moved to its home site within the city of Garland.
Naaman Forest also has a career-prep program known as Clinical Rotations. Through this, students receive on-site training at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Doctors Hospital at White Rock and Baylor Hospital in Plano. In addition Naaman is the site for GISD's EMT and Pharmacy Technician Certification programs. Many clinical students participate in H.O.S.A. or Health Occupation Students of America.
Naaman received a Golden Performance Award from TEA for comparable improvement in Math performance for the 2007-2008 school year. NFHS has been recognized by Newsweek as one of the top 1000 High Schools in the nation based on Advanced Placement scores. In 2010 the Naaman Forest Marching Band won its 20th consecutive 1st Division UIL Rating under the direction of band directors Larry Schnitzer,Gregory Taylor and Matt Rush. In 2011 the Naaman Forest Jazz Band became and award winning jazz band taking 2nd place at the UTA Jazz Festival and 1st place at TCU Jazz Festival under the direction of Jazz Band Director Gregory Taylor. In 2011 the Naaman Forest Band achieved their 21st 1st Division UIL Ratings, under the direction of band directors Larry Schnitzer,Gregory Taylor and Matt Rush. In 2012 the Naaman Forest Jazz Band takes home 2nd Place at the UTA Jazz Festival. Also, Mr. Gregory Taylor was awarded "Outstanding Director". Student Council is now a three year Outstanding Student Council.
Naaman's Basketball team in 2011-2012 went all the way to the Final Four State Finals, but in the end lost to Flower Mound Marcus. With this Naaman Forest's Basketball Team is recognized as 10-5A District Champions, Bi-District Champions, Area Champions, and Regional II Champions.
Naaman Forest High School is most well-known for their basketball team, which has been a very strong competitor for state titles throughout the history of the school. The sports that Naaman offers are basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis, softball, track, football, volleyball, and soccer. Naaman is in the UIL Class 5A Classification for the 2013-2014 school year, but will be put into the UIL Class 6A Classification for the 2014-2015 school year.
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- http://www.garlandisdschools.net/naaman/about.asp. Retrieved on 31 December 2007
- http://www.garlandisd.net/about/leadership.asp. Retrieved on 31 December 2007
- http://www.garlandisd.net/webcentral/staff/index.cfm?SchoolCode=NFHS. Retrieved on 31 December 2007
- http://www.garlandisdschools.net/naaman/organization/yearbook.asp. Retrieved on 2 February 2008.
- http://www.garlandisdschools.net/naaman/bell.asp. Retrieved on 31 December 2007
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- 2007-2008 TEA AEIS Campus Performance. Retrieved on 3 December 2009