What Makes McAllen ISD Unique
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.”
2013 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 40 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.
Our schools boast 442 Advanced Placement Scholars, 22 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, 314 IB Diploma Scholars, and Duke Talent Honorees (214 State/8 National – middle school students scored against college standards) in the last 10-11 years.
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.
19 State and Regional Teacher of the Year titles in 23 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.