Whatx27s great about McAllen ISD

What's great about McAllen ISD
Extraordinary Recognitions
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  • Texas Outstanding School Board of the Year for 2012 (Texas Honor Board, Regional Board of the Year 2012)
  • District named State Finalist for Best Large District for 2012-13 HEB Excellence in Education Awards (4 educators named State Finalists in HEB awards program since 2008, 1 winner for Lifetime Achievement) 
  • 18 Regional or State Teachers of the Year Awards in 21 years 
  • Member League of Innovative Schools (1 of 26 in nation)
  • Member Texas High Performance Schools Consortium (1 of 23 in state)
  • District touted in international press conference by tech giant Apple Inc.
  • 4 schools named to 2011 Washington Post National Challenge Index Top High Schools in State
  • 4 schools named to 2011 NCEA Higher Performing list: Memorial High School, Achieve Early College High School, Dr. Rodney D. Cathey Middle School and Michael E. Fossum Middle School
  • Texas ACT Council names Memorial High, Options High at Lamar Academy recipients of 2011 College Readiness Award
  • 314 IB Diploma Scholars over past 10 years (98.7% among highest success rates worldwide) 
  • 63 students earn IB Diploma in 2012 (most ever)
  • 1 National Merit Scholar Finalist in 2011-12
  • 22 National Merit Scholar Semifinalists in last 10 years (most in Valley)
  • 87 different honors from College Board in 2012
  • 442 national Advanced Placement Scholars over last 9 years
  • 1,050 students graduating as Texas Scholars in 2010 (most ever)
  • 1,065 Tech Prep scholars in 2010 (most ever)
  • 389 students graduating under the Distinguished Achievement Program in 2010 (most ever)
  • 16 State Championships, 5 national top-10 wins in U.S. Constitution contest in 21 years (since 1992)
  • 201 Duke Talent State Honorees and 8 National Honorees in last 10 years (middle school students whose test scores are compared to high school standards, national)
  • 11 time winner of state's Migrant Student of the Year award
  • 3-time winner of Regional Masterminds title (won by different McAllen ISD teams) 
  • $19.2 million in scholarship monies earned by 2012 McAllen ISD graduates -- most ever.

Fine Arts 

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  • Nationally and state recognized fine arts program includes specialized performers like show choirs, mariachis, and even an elementary drum choir
  • 12 students named All-State in music in 2013
  • 40 middle school & high school ensembles earn Sweepstakes trophies at UIL Region 15 in 2011 
  • Middle school choir students earn 185 of 255 spots on TMEA All-Region Choir in 2011 
  • Mariachi programs at McAllen High, Memorial High & Rowe High
  • Unique drum corps at Francisca Alvarez Elementary
  • Strings for Success - orchestra introduction program for Christa McAuliffe, Jose Antonio Navarro & Sam Rayburn Elementary
  • Show choirs at Rowe and McAllen High
  • McAllen High, Memorial High & Rowe High earn Division I band ratings at 2011 & 2012 Pigskin Jubilee


Athletics and Other Extracurricular 
  • Rowe High wins District 31-5A title in volleyball in 2012 season. McAllen High, Memorial High qualify for state playoffs in 2012 season
  • Memorial High, Rowe High qualify for state playoffs in football in 2012 season 
  • Rowe High boys basketball District 31-5A champs in 2012-13 season
  • 17 senior football players named to Academic All-State team in 2012-13 
  • Rowe Student Council State Sweepstakes winner in 2008-10
  • Rowe JROTC 5-time winner of U.S. Army Honor Unit with Distinction Award (scoring above 99%)
  • Individual State Wrestling Championship at McAllen High in 2009, 2010
  • Individual State Wrestling Championship at Rowe High in 2010; team 9th in state
  • McAllen Memorial Boys Swimming team wins District & Regional titles in 2011 (22 District titles, 4 consecutive Regional titles) 
  • Swimmers and divers from Memorial, McAllen High and Rowe qualify for state in 2011.
  • McAllen Memorial Mock Trial Team finishes 10th in state in 2010.
  • Cheerleading programs at middle school and high school have won 26 Regional, 9 State & 6 National titles
  • Students compete nationally in Business Professionals of America, Health Occupations Students of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America and Skills USA in 2012
  • KMAC media technology team wins at least 1 1st-place award at National Student Television Network competition in 2009-12. KMAC; has placed at Nationals in 8 of 9 years
  • Lamar Academy IB students qualify for National Science Bowl in 2011 and TCEA State Robotics Competition 2012 
  • Rowe TSA (Technology Student Association) students qualify for national competition in 2011
  • Memorial FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) qualify for state competition in 2011
  • McAllen High speech, debate nationally recognized as charter member in NFL (National Forensic League) in 2011
  • De Leon Middle School students qualify for state TMSCA (Texas Math & Science Coaches' Association) in 2011

Extraordinary Staff Recognitions 
  • Superintendent, district and School Board featured in state education magazines Texas School Business, Texas Lone Star
  • TCTA (Texas Classroom Teachers Association) names Board Trustee Javier Farias Board Member of the Year for 2012-13. District has had 15 people earn TCTA state awards since 2000.
  • RGV Counselor of the Year chosen from Memorial High for Tech Prep in 2011
  • 2 schools (Dr. Rodney D. Cathey Middle School & Sam Rayburn Elementary) named to National Center for Educational Achievement in 2010-11
  • 2011-12 Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll award to Leonelo H. Gonzalez Elementary (3rd straight year to win award)
  • Andrew Jackson Elementary named a Reading Renaissance Model School in 2010
  • 2009-10 Bilingual Teacher of the Year, chosen by RGV-Texas Association for Bilingual Educators, to Jessica Sandoval from Andrew Jackson Elementary
  • 100% success rate for Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements under No Child Left Behind 
  • 2008-09 Texas Exes Award for Outstanding School Teachers to Dora Newell, Thigpen-Zavala Elementary (1 of 12 in state)
  • Memorial High School named College Board Honorable Mention Inspiration Award winner in 2008-09 (1 of 8 in state)
  • 4-time winner of Rio Grande Valley Elementary or Secondary Science Teacher of the Year
  • Numerous staff members holding state offices/awards
  • 2-time winner of Texas Association of School Board Safety Drivers Award
  • Schools earning grants from Dollar General Back to School, Target, Laura Bush Libraries and McAllen Junior League
  • $26.5 million in competitive grants awarded to McAllen ISD in 2009 (most ever)

Landmark Instructional Programs and other Successes
  • Listed among Top 25 schools in Texas with the highest number of students applying to Texas colleges (Apply Texas)
  • 113 TEA Gold Performance Acknowledgments across district in 2010-11 (90 or more for five consecutive years). Includes Acknowledgments for College Ready, Recommended High School Program, Distinguished Achievement Program and Commended Performance in Social Studies   
  • 2011 State Exemplary schools: Achieve Early College High School, Andrew Jackson Elementary, Ben Milam Elementary, Sam Rayburn Elementary, Leonelo H. Gonzalez Elementary, Dr. Carlos Castaneda Elementary and Christa McAuliffe Elementary
  • Achieve Early College High School is the only Exemplary Early College High School in the Valley, according to 2011 State Accountability Ratings
  • 2011 State Recognized schools: Dr. Rodney D. Cathey Middle School, Michael E. Fossum Middle School, Francisca Alvarez Elementary, James Bonham Elementary, David Crockett Elementary, Jose De Escandon Elementary, Reynaldo G. Garza Elementary, Lucile McKee Hendricks Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Jose Antonio Navarro Elementary, Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, Blanca E. Sanchez Elementary, Juan Seguin Elementary, Thigpen-Zavala Elementary and Woodrow Wilson Elementary
  • McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme - This rigorous academic program set to global standards now includes elementary (7 campuses), middle (3 campuses), and high school. Our IB Programme has been named a National Model. The IB Programme’s Diploma success rate is among the highest in world – 98.7%. Students are being courted by top universities in the nation
  • MCCTI - This dropout prevention program began with STC in 2006, and it is designed for 9th graders that are provided with the opportunity to recover credits in core areas as well as provide students with a Career Pathway that aligns to a College Certificate. Students are provided with the opportunity to experience a college environment in a small learning community
  • 8th Grade Transition Program – This program provides an opportunity for 8th grade retained students to improve their academic achievement, earn credit for promotion to the 9th grade and earn high school credit. 96%of the students have passed the 8th grade and entered high school. Several have even begun high school as sophomores after earning the required number of credits (or more) to move beyond the 9th grade
  • Created Achieve Early College High School with South Texas College
  • Concurrent/dual enrollment agreement with local colleges and universities
  • Taking the Leap program ensuring every senior files a college application
  • Named Favorite School District in The Monitor's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards


District wins the state's highest financial rating, "Superior Achievement," 9 times in 10 years