We offer choice—an International Baccalaureate Programme that provides students with a highly rigorous curriculum set to global standards, a comprehensive high school that offers students Advanced Placement college-level instruction in our high school classrooms, a concurrent enrollment program with students attending a local university or college, and a dual enrollment program with students acquiring credit at both levels (high school and university) simultaneously.
Through a special agreement with a local institution of higher learning, our students may also enroll in one of a multitude of specialized academies: DEMSA (Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy), DEEA (Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy) or the DECSA (Dual Enrollment Computer Science Academy). These programs put students on a path to earn specific Associates Degrees even before they finish high school! This also goes for students in the Achieve Early College High School. McAllen ISD offers the only ECHS in the Valley that is based at a college campus. These students will also hold an Associates Degree by the time they graduate high school. Furthermore, there are three-year plans for early graduates and a Career Technical Education Program that offers licensures and certifications in seven different disciplines.
In 2011-12, McAllen ISD unveiled its TLC3 framework. Called Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus and Community, this bold plan will place an electronic learning device into the hands of every student. Many students are already using either the iPad or the iPod Touch as a daily learning tool, one that will ignite the natural curiosity in every child and help them forge a path of learning and discovery. This notion has not gone unnoticed. Mainstream media including The Associated Press, The San Antonio Express-News, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Parent & Child magazine, Texas Monthly magazine’s website, NBC Latino network and National Public Radio affiliates have shed light on it. Education publications including Texas School Business, Education Week, Scholastic Administrator, The Journal and Texas Lone Star have devoted attention to this endeavor as well. McAllen ISD will continue its rollout in the fall of 2012.
Along with this comes a wealth of enrichment offerings like a widely acclaimed fine arts program, a highly touted athletics program, and student organizations to accommodate every child’s interest and well-being.
How do we measure success? McAllen ISD received a Gold Performance Acknowledgement for College Readiness from the State in 2009-10 and 2010-11. With renewed vigor on how the lessons are taught and how the data is analyzed through a highly respected INOVA Program--a business approach to the business of learning –the district can step it up even more. It’s data that teachers have taken to heart as they gain specialized insight into how they can challenge students at every level to gain more knowledge. It’s about adding value for every student with high expectations in the classroom.
Instilling a love of learning in children is what we do best. McAllen ISD offers quality at every level. District teachers have earned 18 Regional or State Teacher of the Year awards in the past 21 years. Our Board of Trustees was named the Best School Board in the Region (area from Laredo to Brownsville) in 2012.
McAllen ISD has a rich heritage and a legacy of high standards.
- 25,300 students
- 33 campuses
- 3,265 employees
- 1,634 teachers
- A School Board committed to the success and well-being of children
- A balanced budget
2010-11 AEIS Report