Why McAllen ISD?

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Christopher and Diana.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Christopher and Diana.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Christopher and Diana.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Laiba and Ms. Muñoz.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Laiba and Ms. Muñoz.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Laiba and Ms. Muñoz.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Rowe High School AP student Gabriel Joseph Cervera and Rowe Spanish teacher Norma Montemayor.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Rowe High School AP student Gabriel Joseph Cervera and Rowe Spanish teacher Norma Montemayor.

McAllen ISD teachers inspire their students. Meet Rowe High School AP student Gabriel Joseph Cervera and Rowe Spanish teacher Norma Montemayor.

A+ Moments Gold A+ Moments abound at McAllen ISD. They are the moments that students seek, teachers savor and parents relish. We are a school district proven by our wide range of academically challenging programs, rich extracurricular activities and definitive, measurable results. We promise your child will receive compassionate care, individual attention, access to technology and a pathway to success, whether it’s college, career or the workplace. We invite you to join us as a student, parent, volunteer, partner or supporter. And, we also invite you to learn more about our district through a series of personal stories of lives transformed – wonderful, inspiring stories that are happening in our schools today.

Jazmin Miranda: Closer to a degree in the medical field than most 19-year-olds

Students at McAllen ISD have multiple avenues to pick up college credit. In fact the class of 2014, collectively earned more than 15,800 college credit hours, certifications and associate degrees. Meet Jazmin Miranda and learn how she became a college senior upon graduating from high school! It’s an A+ Moment.

McAllen High mariachi students reach “Best in US” finals

McHIMariachiVocalistsThree Mariachi performers from McAllen High School plus one middle school student have been selected as finalists for the 20th annual “Best in the U.S.” Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition Nov. 22 in San Antonio. It was an A+ Moment for Freshman Kamryn Ramírez, sophomore Katherine Pérez, senior Kyline Stephens and sixth grader Christina Lopez of Dr. Rodney D. Cathey Middle School. Read more.

Alex Rabinovich: Focused on a career in finance

Student engineering dream one Friday at a time

The Wright Stuff: Thomas Wright, a senior in McAllen ISD’s IB Programme, studies a video on Chaos Theory Nov. 7 at Lamar Academy. Wright has ambitions to become an engineer. It’s nearly the same scene every Friday. Students are gathered in groups in the science lab at McAllen ISD’s Lamar Academy.  They eagerly enter codes using a programming language called Python that will create 3D images in their seats. The teacher gives them some prompts but otherwise they can explore what happens on their own. Read more.

McAllen ISD… A State and National Leader

The Right School At The Right Time

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!

15,643 College Credit Hours Amassed in Our Classrooms!

15,643 — A major point of pride revolves around this number.

That’s how many college credit hours the graduates of the Class of 2015 earned while seeking professional licenses, certifications and Associates Degrees.

It translates into instant savings of time and money for families. How much? For last year alone, the potential savings was nearly $6.5 million.* One student earned 76 college credit hours, worth an estimated $31,500*, by the time he received his high school diploma.

We have students who begin college as sophomores, juniors and nearly seniors giving them a huge jump start toward a career.

Here are some numbers on the Class of 2015:

  • College credit hours earned: 15,643
  • Estimated savings in tuition: nearly $6.5 million*
  • Professional licenses & certifications: 888 seniors earned at least one
  • Associates Degrees: 82
  • IB Diplomas: 53
  • Scholarship earnings: $25.4 million (district record)

Our students have many choices when it comes to academics. We offer…

Live Anywhere, Learn With Us!

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

National & State Leader in Education

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.

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.


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 Maintenance and Operations tax rate that will raise more taxes for Maintenance and Operations than last year's tax rate.
The Maintenance and Operations tax rate will effectively be raised by 11.67 percent and will raise taxes for Maintenance and Operations on a $100,000 home by approximately $115.00.
While raising the Maintenance and Operations tax rate, the Board of Trustees simultaneously lowered the District’s Debt Service tax rate in an amount equal to the increase on the Maintenance and Operations tax rate.
As a result of the Board’s combined actions, there will be no increase in the District’s overall tax rate for the 2016-17 fiscal year.