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District Achievements

Teacher working with high school students on a science lesson.

Teacher working with high school students on a science lesson.

McKinney ISD’s success can be attributed to the leadership of our elected Board of Trustees, the professional educators who work diligently to give every child the best education possible, and the support of our parents and community who value and set high standards for the children of McKinney ISD.

McKinney ISD has a long-standing reputation for educational excellence, and our district continually outperforms the region and state in all subjects and grade levels as measured by STAAR assessments. In addition, McKinney ISD SAT/ACT college entrance exam scores continue to exceed national averages.

Best Communities for Music LogoFor five consecutive years, McKinney ISD has been named one of the Best Communities in the nation for music education by NAMM. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the curriculum. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. The district also holds the rare distinction of having had a TMEA State Honor Choir at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. In 2020, the Cockrill Middle School Honors Band was named the TMEA CCC Middle School Honor Band for the state of Texas, and in 2015, the Faubion Middle School Full Orchestra was named the TMEA Honor Full Orchestra for the state.


Best Place to Live LogoIn the September 2014 issue of Money Magazine, McKinney ranked No. 1 on the Best Places to Live in America list. McKinney was the only Texas city in the top 10. Money editors and writers look at employment, schools, crime and safety and overall quality of life aspects to come up with the list. McKinney debuted on the Money Magazine list in 2008 at No. 14. In 2010, the city ranked as No. 5 on the list, and in 2012 McKinney was ranked the No. 2 Best Place to Live in America.


Best Places to Work LogoMcKinney ISD was named a “Best Place to Work” by Dallas Business Journal in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has been featured on Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places to Work.

“This honor is the culmination of the efforts of a lot of hard working teachers, staff members and administrators in our district who have created a culture in which excellence is the expectation,” said Dr. McDaniel. “The strength of our culture has attracted others from the surrounding areas who want to come teach in McKinney ISD. We believe we are a first-class organization and will strive to earn this honor again next year.”


Since 2005, McKinney ISD educators have earned a host of notable accolades: one Texas Teacher of the Year, five Region 10 Teachers of the Year and one Region 10 Teacher of the Year Finalist, one Texas School Nurse of the Year, two TCEA Texas Library Media Specialists of the Year and a TCEA Classroom Teacher of the Year, one Texas Latin Teacher of the Year, one AATG Outstanding German Educator (National Award), one Journalism Education Association National Broadcast Advisor of the Year, one Texas Computer Educators Association Texas Administrator of the Year and one TASSP Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

In 2018, Lawson Early Childhood School was named an H-E-B Excellence in Education Finalist, and in 2020, Lawson was chosen as the H-E-B Excellence in Education winner in the Early Childhood School category.

Additional Achievements

17 United Way/Cooper Institute Healthy Zone Elementary Schools; Two Healthy Zone Middle Schools (Cockrill and Dowell); Two Healthy Zone High School (MHS and MNHS)

23 Alliance for a Healthier Generation Bronze Award Campuses; 5 Silver Award Campuses

7 HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award Elementary Campuses

One of only 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only 22 school districts in Texas named to the 7th annual College Board AP District Honor Roll for increasing student enrollment in AP courses while at the same time increasing scores on AP exams

One of the most distinguished Fine Arts programs in the state – the only district in Texas to have a TMEA Honor Choir at every level (Boyd HS, Evans MS and Eddins ES); Faubion MS Symphonic I Band, Faubion MS Honors Orchestra, Cockrill MS Honors Band and McKinney Boyd HS Honors Orchestra have all performed at the internationally famous Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Faubion Full Orchestra named TMEA Honor Full Orchestra (awarded each year to the best orchestra in the state)(2015)

Superior Rating on State’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) — received the highest rating every year since the inception of the program

Earned Transparency Star recognition from Texas Comptroller for financial transparency (2016) and debt obligations (2017) and earned highest rating possible for 6 consecutive years in previous Comptroller’s Leadership Circle recognition program for financial transparency

Faubion Full Orchestra named TMEA Honor Full Orchestra (awarded each year to the best full orchestra in the state) (2015)

Eddins Elementary Honor Choir chosen as TMEA Elementary Invited Choir (one of only two in the state) (2015 and 2011)

Texas and Region 10 School Nurse of the Year — Kathy Johnson, Wolford Elementary (2012); Region 10 School Nurse of the Year – Christy Johnson, McClure Elementary (2015); Texas School Nurse of the Year — Angela Hageman, MHS (2016); National Certified School Nurse of the Year — Amy Marland, Faubion (2015); America’s Greatest School Nurse Finalist — Sherri Nischbach, Bennett (2017)

McKinney High School and McKinney North High School Marching Bands qualify for State Marching Contest (2016)

Since 2005 – 1 Texas Teacher of the Year, 5 Region 10 Teachers of the Year and 1 Region 10 Teacher of the Year Finalist , 1 Texas School Nurse of the Year, 1 TCEA Texas LMS of the Year and Classroom Teacher of the Year, 1 Texas Latin Teacher of the Year; 1 AATG Outstanding German Educator (National Award); 1 Journalism Education Association National Broadcast Advisor of the Year; 1 Texas Computer Educators Association Texas Administrator of the Year; 1 TASSP Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year;

Scott Johnson Middle School Rocketry Team Qualifies for Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals in 2015; McKinney High School Rocketry Team Qualifies in 2016 and earns berth at national NASA student rocketry competition in 2017.

Cockrill Middle School and Scott Johnson Middle School each named a Texas School to Watch® by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

McKinney Boyd High School teacher Randy Bilyeu named a C-SPAN Classroom Senior Fellow

77 MISD 7th graders earned state recognition in the Duke Talent Identification Program and four earned national recognition accompanied by the title of Grand Scholar. (2016)

McKinney North High School, Evans Middle School and Scott Johnson Middle School have been named AVID Schools of Distinction, a designation earned by only about 1 percent of AVID sites.

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