About McKinney ISD

The mission of MISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout our diverse community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop, and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers, and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with our community.

McKinney ISD believes that providing a rigorous education means more than mastering basics. Rigor is achieved by challenging students to do more than they ever thought possible. This holds true both inside and outside of the classroom. The educational philosophy of McKinney ISD is grounded in several tenets.

McKinney ISD Believes:

  • All individuals are born with inherent value.
  • Personal relationships and connections are vital to learning.
  • All individuals deserve an environment that is conducive to mental, physical and spiritual growth.
  • Honesty, integrity and trust are imperative.
  • Individuals need to feel safe and secure.
  • Embracing diversity enhances every individual’s experience.
  • Choices enhance the opportunity for success.
  • Excellence is a never ending journey requiring passion and purpose.
  • Education is a shared responsibility.

The District is comprised of 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools, and one early childhood education center.

Community support for schools has always been strong in McKinney and residents consistently rate strong public schools as their top priority as the community continues to grow. A testament to this commitment to education was the most recent school bond election, held in 2005. Nearly 90 percent of voters supported the bond program that funded expansion of McKinney Boyd High School, one new middle school, four new elementary schools, and dedication of over $25 million towards technology over the next four years.

For more information about McKinney ISD’s ongoing bond projects, please visit our School Bond Program webpage.

Click here to download the 2013-14 District Improvement Plan (PDF).

District Achievements

  • Four NCLB National Blue Ribbon Schools – (Valley Creek ES, Wolford ES, Glen Oaks ES, and Eddins ES)
  • Four AVID Demonstration Schools – McKinney High School, McKinney North High School, Evans Middle School, and Scott Johnson Middle School - Click here to learn more
  • State and national recognition for UIL programs every year
  • 6 NCEA Higher Performing Schools (formerly Just for the Kids Honor Roll) - Eddins ES, Walker ES, Dowell MS, Johnson MS, McKinney Boyd HS, and McKinney North HS
  • 1 of only 388 Districts in the Nation and 1 of only 21 school districts in Texas, to be named by the College Board to the AP Achievement List for broadening the number of students taking AP courses while at the same time increasing performance on the AP exams!
  • Minshew Elementary and Dowell Middle School recognized as Intel Schools of Distinction for innovative teaching in Science and Engineering - Click here to learn more
  • SAT/ACT scores exceed national averages
  • One of the most distinguished Fine Arts programs in the State of Texas – the only district in Texas to have a TMEA Honor Choir at every level (Boyd HS, Evans MS, and Eddins ES) and 3 out of the last 5 years
  • Burks ES First School in Country to Receive Healthy Zone Award for efforts to promote nutrition and fight childhood obesity – chosen by the Cooper Clinic and United Way

Student/Teacher Achievements

  • 10 National Merit Finalists
  • McKinney ISD students go to National in Youth and Government program Presidential Scholar Award (Only 4 in Texas)
  • Presidential Scholar Award (Only 4 in Texas)
  • Region 10 Teacher of the Year, Texas Teacher of the Year and National Representative – Karen Morman
  • 3 Region 10 Teachers of the Year in the past 5 years, more than any other district in Region 10, comprised of 80 districts and 40 charter schools
  • Texas School Nurse of the Year
  • TCEA Texas LMS of the Year and Classroom Teacher of the Year
  • Texas Latin Teacher of the Year
  • McKinney High School goes to National in Robotics and receives Rookie of the Year Honor – first year of program

Fiscal Responsibility

  • One of two Sunny Award for Top Governmental Transparency Website for 2011 & 2012 - 1 of 2 districts in Texas and only school system to receive a perfect score
  • 1 of only 55 Districts in Texas to receive StateComptrollers Gold Designation for financial efficiency and value for money spent
  • Superior Rating on State’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) and we’ve received the highest rating every year since the inception of the program

Elementary Education

Building a strong academic and social foundation is paramount at the elementary level. For this reason, McKinney ISD teachers and staff are committed to teaching the “whole child” in our elementary schools. The elementary curriculum is consistent from campus to campus, ensuring a high quality education regardless of the school, yet allows teachers the latitude to develop innovative strategies that are tailored to the individual child.

Secondary Education

Students at the middle school and high school levels are encouraged to continue to build a strong academic foundation, while at the same time allowing freedom to explore elective subjects and to develop unique talents and interests.

The academic program of studies includes general, college preparatory and advanced level courses. In addition, the high school programs offer a multitude of Career and Technology Education Programs in addition to the traditional core curriculum. Whether a student is interested in broadcasting and media, criminal justice, theatre, digital graphics and animation, health sciences, or any of the dozens of other courses offered they are certain to find their niche at a McKinney ISD middle and high school.

Graduate Profile

A student who graduates from McKinney ISD will be able to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Effective Communicator
    Comprehends and expresses ideas clearly through various means and modes of communication
  • Socially Responsible Citizens
    Understands and appreciates cultural differences, their contributions, impact and interrelatedness in a global economy
  • Quality Contributor
    Continually seeks to achieve quality results and outcomes through individual accountability, leadership, teamwork, and life‐long learning using multiple methods of technologies and resources

Please click here to visit the McKinney ISD Graduate Profile webpage.

Fine Arts

The visual and performing arts have always been a priority in McKinney ISD. When other districts were cutting theatre, art, and music programs, McKinney ISD was finding ways to contribute more funds to these valuable areas of education. Award-winning marching bands, state-recognized choir programs, a rapidly growing orchestra program, concert performances, and visual arts programs are just a few reasons parents and teachers are attracted to the Fine Arts programs in McKinney ISD.

Student Involvement

Extracurricular activities allow students to become involved in specific areas of interest and to apply what they are learning in school to this activity. Student involvement in these programs helps develop well-rounded students, builds self-esteem, and self-discipline. They will carry these skills with them long after they graduate from school and into their higher education and career pursuits.

Students in grades 9-12 compete in 17 interscholastic sports including: baseball, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys cross country, girls cross country, football, boys golf, girls golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, boys track, girls track, volleyball, and wrestling. In addition to athletics and band, students can participate in nearly 40 different clubs and organizations. Many of these programs have earned state and national recognition.

Safety and Security

We believe students learn best in a safe and secure environment. McKinney ISD has received national attention for its comprehensive crisis response plan. During the past year the school district embarked upon a year long journey of planning with local authorities that culminated in a mock disaster exercise at McKinney North High School, involving over 300 participants. The exercise enabled the District to partner with the McKinney Police Department, McKinney Fire Department, Medical Center of McKinney, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other participants in a full-scale planning exercise. The level of collaboration between McKinney ISD and local law enforcement and emergency agencies is unique. We believe this partnership is imperative in preventing and responding to potential incidents.

This commitment to safety is also evidenced by campus security “buzz-in” systems and campus visitor registry systems that run checks against local, state, and national sex offender databases. Furthermore, each campus is required to practice (unannounced) lock-down drills and other precautionary exercises. These safety exercises are always performed in a positive and non-threatening manner. In addition, McKinney P.D. School Resource Officers (SRO’s) are assigned district-wide. We believe that these security measures, along with support from staff and parents, are the reason our schools have earned a reputation for being safe and positive learning environments.