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McAllen ISD ahead of game

IMG_0634McAllen ISD students are better positioned than most to comply with the state’s changes for public education because the district has spent years laying the groundwork to offer a multitude of choices to get your child on a happy and successful path.

In January, 2014, the state legislature beefed up the graduation requirements for high school students beginning with the 2014-15 freshman class (the Class of 2018). Class of 2018 students will be required to earn a specific number of credits, pass the state assessments (known as STAAR) and now earn an endorsement. Endorsements are career-specific paths.

While the state is requiring that public schools offer at least one endorsement, McAllen ISD already offers all five endorsements because the district has been creating programs that offer students a cluster of advanced skills that fall in line with the new state endorsements.

Endorsement Basics

Beginning with the freshman class of 2014-15, students must select an endorsement. This is in response to industry demands for a work force with more specialized skills. Since the law, known as House Bill 5, is new many public schools may be able to offer only a few of the endorsement opportunities. McAllen ISD, however, will offer all five.

A school district defines advanced courses and determines a coherent sequence of courses for an endorsement area, provided that prerequisites are followed.

There are five types of endorsements.



Arts & Humanities Endorsement

Katherine Rose Perez was eight-years-old when her singing irrevocably captured her dad’s heart, a guitar-loving musician in his own right.

Now a 14-year-old freshman, Katherine points to this emotional connection as the A+ Moment that transformed her life, fusing it with her love of music and her determination to make it her career.

“He really inspired me to be unique and to produce music that will hopefully inspire others.” More…


Multidisciplinary Studies Endorsement

Alex Rabinovich was also looking for a challenge. Focused on a career in finance, Alex, a junior at McAllen Memorial High School, is taking multiple Advanced Placement courses.

“I need experience in advanced courses to prepare me for college and real-life work,” he said. “If you are taking science and math … you’re going to be a well-rounded student.” More…


STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Endorsement

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Tiu was looking for challenges. He wants to go into the medical field one day and is thriving in McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate Programme.

This college-level program is set to world standards and is achieving a 98.7% IB Diploma-earning success rate over the last 11 years. That ranks McAllen ISD’s program among the most successful in the world.

“I wanted a rigorous program because it really prepares you.” More…


Public Services Endorsement

Sixteen-year-old Shelby Bond, a junior student at James “Nikki” Rowe High School, dreams of becoming immersed in a world that is dedicated to saving people’s lives.

“I’ve always been in sports (softball, volleyball, basketball, track, and cheer) and I’ve had a lot of injuries. So, I’ve seen how doctor has taken care of me,” she said.

She says her mom has always wanted to become a nurse and she feels a personal connection to her mom’s passion for the medical profession. Shelby wants to be an anesthesiologist. More…


Business & Industry Endorsement

Seventeen-year-old Octaviano (Toby) Bermea knows exactly where he wants to be ten years from now – in Japan working for Konami, a renowned computer software gaming company.

When he heard about McAllen ISD’s Achieve Early College High School, he enrolled as a ninth grader, targeting a computer science degree plan that will see him tallying college credit hours every year to hit an astounding 60 credits before he even graduates from high school. In fact, he’ll earn an Associate’s Degree next year, about a month before he receives his high school diploma. More…

Your child will find their niche and be challenged by any of the Educational Programs available. The district’s highly successful Advanced Placement Program, the International Baccalaureate, dual and concurrent enrollment for college credit while still in high school, the Achieve Early College High School plus three specialized academies with a focus on careers in medicine, engineering or computer science. In addition, McAllen ISD’s Career Technical Education program offers 23 programs of study with 13 different professional licensures and certifications students can earn before they graduate.

You can examine all of our course offerings by clicking the image below:

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