What Makes McAllen ISD Unique

Fitness Trailblazer

McAllen ISD has been recognized as a Let’s Move Active Schools trailblazer! AASA partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition for an event involving over 30 superintendents from across the nation to discuss the importance of physical activity in schools and support the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative.

America's Best High Schools

All 3 of our comprehensive high schools – Rowe, Memorial, and McAllen High – listed in Newsweek’s ranking of schools “proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads.”

National “2013 Best Communities for Music Education"

Our nationally acclaimed fine arts program is part of the rich, full-rounded experience we offer—where students learn to lead, to excel, to manage multiple high-level tasks, and to make friends…the kind of student that universities seek.

National 2013 Magna Award

American School Board Association/Journal honors the District for “Best Practices and Innovative Programs that Advance Student Learning.”

2012 Outstanding School Board in Texas

Top award in state “for dedication and ethical service making a positive impact on schoolchildren of Texas”; Team of 8 first named Regional Board of the Year and then top five in State.

National League of Innovative Schools

1 of 57 districts in nation tapped to advance educational excellence and share cutting-edge practices; Superintendent invited to the White House for discussions.

Texas High Performance Schools Consortium

1 of 23 districts tapped to advise Governor, Education Commissioner, and Legislators.

2013 HEB Excellence in Education State Finalist

Named 1of 5 Best Large Districts in Texas.

TLC3 selected 1 of top 12 innovative programs in Texas

Our teaching/learning framework recognized by Texas School Business Journal’s Annual Bragging Rights special edition.

2011 Washington Post National Challenge Index of Top High Schools

All McAllen ISD high schools were ranked as some of the best in the country.

National Model for International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme

College-level instruction set to world standards achieves 98.7% success rate over last 10 years, among highest in the world.

Global International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard Instruction at all levels

Our district is unique in that it offers IB instruction from elementary to high school; District tapped to take part in a new global IB study; District selected to present alongside IB in international 2013 conference.

Academic Scholars

Our schools boast 598 Advanced Placement Scholars, 24 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, 442 IB Diploma Scholars, and Duke Talent Honorees (227 State/8 National – middle school students scored against college standards) in the last 11 years.

Student Champions

Our students win multiple championships, like U.S. Constitution, Science Bowl, National Forensic (debate) League, State Robotics, cheerleading, National Student Television Network, All-State music, and soccer, tennis, wrestling, and other athletic programs; Student artwork selected for display at the nation’s capitol.

Employee Champions

19 State and Regional Teacher of the Year titles in 24 years; Superintendent named State Finalist (Top 5 in Texas) for 2013 Superintendent of the Year, selected for “In the Spotlight” profile in Texas School Business magazine in January 2012, and named to Editorial Advisory Board for national Scholastic Administrator publication in September 2013.


McAllen ISD… A State and National Leader


We’re not just preparing students to do well in college tomorrow. We’re teaching college-level, global standards in our classrooms—TODAY!

We embrace your child’s education because today’s rigor is paramount to future success. Our campuses and teachers are devoted professionals and our schools are among the best in the country!

Our students can graduate with:

  • College Credit Hours – Dual and/or Concurrent Enrollment, nationally-ranked Advanced Placement and globally-ranked International Baccalaureate (offered by select districts across U.S.) courses.
  • Professional Licenses/Certifications - pharmacy, telecommunications, Adobe software, and many more.
  • Associate’s DegreesDual Enrollment Academies in Medical Science, Engineering, and Computer Science!


2,621 Advance Placement and IB exams in 2012-13 and earned about 3,948 college credit hours—saving families about $3.33 million in tuition!  In 2013-14, the District is projecting students will be taking 2,752 AP and IB exams measuring our students against a college standard.


MISD offers open enrollment, so your family is not required to live in McAllen to attend our excellent schools.


Our district boasts a comprehensive education with its innovative use of technology in learning, classrooms that are as globally diverse as our world, and an award-winning district that is nationally recognized for its leadership and innovation.

Please note: McAllen ISD student, teacher, alumni and staff photos are on-going and will be updated at least twice a year to showcase multiple campuses and the McAllen community at large.

The McAllen Independent School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability.

McAllen ISD adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate.