Learning Centers


McKinney ISD’s distinctiveness translates through the many educationally targeted schools within the district.

The Herman Lawson Early Childhood Center, which opened this fall, contains specialized education for young children through Early Head Start, Head Start, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), and Pre-Kindergarten programs. The center is located near the intersection of Wolford Street and Dowell Street in west McKinney.

The district also houses the Collin County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), which is a cooperative effort between the Collin County Juvenile Probation Department and McKinney ISD, the Discipline Alternative Education Placement (DAEP), and the County Residential Center (CRC), which serves all students in Collin County.

In McKinney ISD, our schools are committed to quality instruction and assessment in every classroom. Instruction is expected to be learner focused, creative and innovative, challenging and engaging, and have real-world application. Supportive classroom environment for all students includes mutual respect, risk-free, positive attitudes, dignity, attentive listening, conflict resolution, and responsible decision-making.

We are fully committed and focused on student learning that emphasizes the highest quality and leads to continuous improvement.

Graduate Profile

Campus beliefs, practices and processes lead to a strong McKinney ISD graduate.

We believe that graduates entering the next phase of their life will need a sound academic foundation to locate and organize information and resources, to relate effectively with others in work teams, to utilize technology as a tool and to understand diverse social and organizational systems.

In McKinney, young people from pre-kindergarten through their senior year of high school have the opportunity to develop crucial skills required for success beyond the classroom:

  • Self-directed workers and learners
  • Effective communicators
  • Collaborative workers
  • Community contributors
  • Academically talented
  • Masters of technology
  • Creative, critical, logical and perceptive thinkers
  • Well-rounded individuals physically, academically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and artistically