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McKinney ISDPublic Schools

*Information as of 2016

District Name: McKinney Independent School District


District Size & Class Size: The McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,500 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, one 6A high school, two 5A high schools, one alternative school, and one early childhood education school. Class size is 18:1 on title campuses, 22:1 on nontitle elementary campuses; 20:1 target populations for secondary staffing ratios.

Grade Level Alignment: Early childhood school; elementary schools, grades K-5; middle schools, grades 6-8; and high schools, grades 9-12.

Lawson Early Childhood School – The mission of Lawson Early Childhood School, a school serving the diverse needs of McKinney ISD’s youngest learners, is to develop the academic, social, and emotional foundations necessary to foster each child’s full potential as a lifelong learner by partnering with families and the community to provide meaningful early learning experiences. Lawson houses Early Head Start, Head Start, a preschool program for children with disabilities (PPCD), and pre-kindergarten programs. Special features include a 90,000-square-foot age-specific design, three outdoor playgrounds, and a group activity area.

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 have freedom to explore elective subjects and 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 Technical Education programs along with the traditional core curriculum. Whether a student is interested in aviation, 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 or 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 citizen – 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.

Texas A-F Accountability Rating: This district received an A. Every McKinney ISD elementary and secondary campus earned the met standard rating for student performance on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test, as reported in the 2012-2013 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR), the most current report available. Met standard was the highest possible rating awarded that year. Individual campus TAPR results reveal that nine campuses earned at least one of three possible TAPR academic distinction designations, six campuses earned two distinction designations, and five campuses earned all three distinction designations. Every MISD secondary campus earned at least one academic distinction.

Distinguishing Characteristics: McKinney ISD is one of the few school districts in Texas that establishes middle and high school attendance zone boundaries based on socioeconomic factors. This approach allows the district to maintain greater socioeconomic parity among its secondary schools, and this results in greater opportunities for all of our students.

The effectiveness of this zoning approach can be seen in the results of the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking of the country’s top high schools. In that report, all three McKinney high schools ranked high among Texas schools and did quite well on the national rankings as well. And all three schools placed in proximity to one another on the list. Of the 19,400 schools appraised across the country by U.S. News & World Report, only 3 percent earned gold medal distinction and only 9 percent earned silver. Seventy-three percent received no medal recognition of any kind.

In the national ranking, McKinney High School falls within the top 2.1 percent, McKinney Boyd is in the top 2.4 percent, and McKinney North is in the top 2.58 percent of the country’s schools. McKinney High School and McKinney Boyd High School each received Gold Distinction and McKinney North High School received a Silver Distinction and just narrowly missed the Gold Distinction. We believe that socioeconomic zoning has played a significant role in this equity of success among our high schools.

MISD boasts a number of innovative Career and Technology Education programs. The district offers an aviation program and is one of the few public high school programs in the country featuring an FAA-approved flight simulator upon which students can log flight hours toward their pilot certification. Aviation course offerings prepare students to pursue careers as pilots or aviation mechanics. Enrollment has grown from approximately 35 students when the program was introduced in 2010 to just over 200 students in 2013.

The district is moving into its fifth year of dual language implementation affording students an opportunity to become fluent in both English and Spanish at the conclusion of the program. The program is currently offered at Caldwell Elementary in grades K-3, and the program will move into grade 4 for the 2014-15 school year. Two-way immersion is a form of dual language that combines students from two language groups while providing instruction in both languages. The (K-4) classes at Caldwell comprise approximately one-half native English speakers and one-half native Spanish speakers. Students learn the academic curriculum through both languages simultaneously. Students serve as language models for each other, while accelerating their learning.

Specializations and Program Offerings: CTE, special education, dual credit, AP, GT, STEM, and others.

Career & Technical Education – McKinney ISD offers 13 of the 16 Achieve Clusters for Career and Technical Education. MISD has a state-of-the-art CTE program ensuring that all career pathways offer students the opportunity to be certified or licensed in their area of interest. MISD provides students with multiple programs that are nationally recognized. One such program is the MISD Aviation Academy in which students have full access to obtain a certified pilot certificate. The future of the program will include a partnership with LeTourneau University and Collin College, providing students a dual credit opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Management in Aviation. Program instruction will take place at the McKinney National Airport.

Other CTE programs include Agriculture; Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts; A/V Technology & Communications; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Health Science; Human Services; Information Technology; Law; Public Safety, Corrections & Security; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Complete details on each of these programs can be found at

Extracurricular: McKinney ISD encourages all students to participate in our outstanding extracurricular programs in the areas of academics, fine arts, athletics, or any number of University Interscholastic League (UIL) programs.

Athletics – As the McKinney area continues to grow, participation in MISD athletic programs is increasing as well. The mission of the McKinney ISD Athletic Department is to supplement the educational process of students who exhibit an interest in athletics and who desire a forum that will challenge their physical and emotional capabilities.

We offer a full range of competitive athletics to well over 3,000 student athletes. The staff on all eight secondary campuses is devoted to the ideals and basic fundamentals of sportsmanship, responsibility, work ethic, character development, and leadership development. These values prepare students for success in any endeavor after high school. We are blessed to live and work in a place where educational opportunities and development of well-rounded young people is a priority.

Some 2013-14 achievements in athletics:

> 20 programs advance as regional qualifiers
> 14 programs advance to the state finals
> Aaliyah Miller won two state championships in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races
> Sammie Hashbarger took first in the 100 free, winning a third state championship
> North girls basketball team finished second in the state in class 4A
> 101 athletes received full or partial scholarships
> 349 athletes which earned academic All-District honors
> 119 earned academic All-State honors
> Several coaches received district or area Coach of the Year awards

Other notable achievements in athletics:

> 3A state football champions (1979): McKinney High School
> 4A girls soccer state champions (2005): McKinney High School
> 4A girls soccer state champions (2006): McKinney North High School
> 4A girls soccer state champions (2008) and 5A girls soccer state champions (2011): McKinney Boyd High School
> 4A girls basketball state finalist (2014): McKinney North High School

Fine Arts – MISD boasts one of the most distinguished fine arts programs in Texas. We are the only district in Texas to have a TMEA Honor Choir at every level (McKinney Boyd High School, Evans Middle School, and Eddins Elementary School) for three out of the last five years. In addition, the Faubion Middle School Symphonic I Band and the McKinney Boyd High School Honors Orchestra have each been selected to perform at the internationally famous Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, an honor coveted by ensembles all over the world.

Some other recent district achievements in fine arts:

UIL Marching Competition: All three high school bands received first division ratings at Region; MNHS advanced to Area

UIL One Act Play: All five middle schools and all three high schools received Superior ratings at Region

TMEA All-Region Middle School Band, Orchestra, Choir: 68 middle school band students made the Region 25 All-Region Band; 35 middle school choir students made the Region 25 All-Region Choir; 20 middle school orchestra students made the Region 25 All-Region Orchestra

TMEA All-Region High School Band, Orchestra, Choir: 58 high school band students made the Region 25 All-Region Band; 34 high school choir students made the Region 25 All-Region Choir; 20 high school orchestra students made the Region 25 All-Region Orchestra

TMEA Area C Competition (HS only): 28 band students advanced; 22 choir students advanced; 5 orchestra students advanced

TMEA All-State Musicians: 11 All-State Band Students (8 MNHS, 2 MBHS, 1 MHS); 6 All-State Choir Students (5 MBHS, 1 MNHS); 1 All-State Orchestra Student from MBHS; 18 All-State Musicians from MISD – a new record!

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. This commitment to safety is also evidenced by campus security “buzz-in” systems, security vestibules on all campuses, and campus visitor registry systems that run checks against local, state, and national sex offender databases at every campus. 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 nonthreatening 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.

M&O/I&S Tax Rates and Last Bond Passage: The current MISD Maintenance & Operations tax rate is $1.17, and the Interest & Sinking rate is $.50.

Last year, MISD completed significant renovations and additions to McKinney High School and Faubion Middle School that were funded through a $191 million bond package passed in 2011. That bond package also includes provisions for significant renovations and additions to McKinney North High School and to renovate and/or expand Reuben Johnson Elementary School, Malvern Elementary School, and Dowell Middle School over the next three years. In addition, the bond program will replace old roofs and HVAC systems, upgrade the district’s energy management system, upgrade fire and alarm systems, and add security vestibules at a number of campuses. The bond program included classroom additions and upgrades to meet current instructional standards as well as new or renovated space for career and technology programs.

Average Home Value in District: $243,114.

Selling Points:

Academic Achievements:

> McKinney High School went to the national competition in robotics during the first year of the program and received the Rookie of the Year Honor
> Intel Schools of Distinction award for innovative teaching in science and engineering: Minshew Elementary School and Dowell Middle School
> Three AVID Demonstration Schools: McKinney North High School, Evans Middle School, and Scott Johnson Middle School

District Achievements:

> 2014 U.S. News & World Report high school rankings: McKinney HS (Gold Medal, top 2.1 percent nationally), McKinney Boyd HS (Gold Medal, top 2.4 percent nationally), McKinney North HS (Silver Medal, top 2.58 percent nationally)
> Four NCLB National Blue Ribbon schools: Valley Creek ES, Wolford ES, Glen Oaks ES, and Eddins ES
> 9 United Way/Cooper Institute Healthy Zone Schools: Burks ES, Caldwell ES, Eddins ES, Finch ES, McClure ES, Minshew ES, Walker ES, and Wolford ES; and 4 Healthy Zone in Training Schools: McGowen ES, Press ES, Dowell MS, and MHS
> 7 MISD elementary campuses have received Gold Awards in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge initiative: Burks, Caldwell, Finch, Press, Malvern, Minshew, and Webb; and the remaining 13 campuses have received Bronze Awards.
> 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 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
> SAT/ACT scores exceed national averages

Fiscal Responsibility:

> Sunny Award for top governmental transparency website for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and the only school district in Texas to receive an A+ rating in 2013
> In 2012 and 2013, one of only 44 districts in Texas to receive state comptrollers Gold Designation; 2014 Recipient of Platinum Designation (new distinction higher than gold)
> Superior rating on state’s FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas): We’ve received the highest rating every year since the inception of the program.

Student/Teacher/Campus Achievements:

> 9 National Merit Finalists (2014)
> Presidential Scholar Award – Dillon Stull (only 4 in Texas – 2012)
> Region 10 Teacher of the Year, Texas Teacher of the Year and National Representative – Karen Morman (2012)
> Three Region 10 Teachers of the Year in the past five years, more than any other district in Region 10, comprising 80 districts and 40 charter schools
> Texas School Nurse of the Year – Kathy Johnson (2013)
> TCEA Texas LMS of the Year and Classroom Teacher of the Year – Melanie Burford and Joli Barker (2013)
> Texas Latin Teacher of the Year – Jennifer Jarnigan (2013)
> Four McKinney Boyd High School Youth and Government Students Chosen to Represent Texas this summer at the Conference on National Affairs (2014)
> Three McKinney North High School students qualify for National HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) Competition (2014)
> Eddins, Finch, Reuben Johnson, McClure, and Press Elementary School Student Councils earned the Honor Student Council Excellence Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (2014)
> McKinney Boyd High School Honors Orchestra selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago this December (2014)
> McKinney High School Senior, Cameron Coiro, named National Young Arts Finalist in Vocal Performance (2014)
> Four MISD seniors received appointments from U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point (2014)
> McKinney Boyd High School Debate Team qualified for State Competition (2014)
> Slaughter third-grade teacher Joli Barker named to National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch list (2014), inducted into Microsoft’s Expert Educator Program (2013)
> Caldwell Elementary School accepted into the No Excuses University Network of Schools (2014)
> MHS journalism students won top awards at Dallas Morning News 24th Annual High School Journalism Competition, including Best Website, Best Video, Best Feature Photo, Best Photo Portfolio, and Best Photographer (2014)
> McKinney Boyd High School government teacher Randy Bilyeu chosen as one of only three recipients of C-SPAN’s 2014 Teacher Fellowship Program (2014)
> MISD earned Platinum Award from State Comptroller for Financial Transparency (2014)
> McKinney Education Foundation awarded $414,425 in scholarships to graduating seniors and helped MISD students find $12,247,472 in outside scholarship money for a nine-year total of $78,677, 073 (2014)
> Eddins Elementary Tech Club won Gold Award in the International Schools CyberFair sponsored by (2014)
> Faubion Middle School student placed 5th in the state Exxon Mobil Science and Engineering Fair (2014)
> MHS receives Project Lead the Way certification for STEM Education Program (2013)
> MHS robotics teams finished eighth and ninth out of 35 teams at State Technology Student Association Vex Competition (2013)
> Evans Middle School Green Jobs and Passive Solar Sunday science teams earned $10,000 in Lexus Eco Challenge and qualified at the national level to compete for $30,000 grand prize (2013)
> For the 8th consecutive year, MHS STUCO received top state honors for service from Texas Association of Student Councils (2013)
> McKinney Boyd stage production of Legally Blonde chosen to perform on the Main Stage at the 50th Festival of the International Thespian Society (2013)
> McKinney ISD became the only aviation program in North Texas equipped with an FAA-approved flight simulator (2013)
> Evans Middle School teacher Kim Church received WFAA 6th-8th grade Eco-Educator Award (2013)
> Cockrill Middle School band earned National Winner Recognition from the Foundation for Music Education (2013)

Philosophy: We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all. We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors, and socially responsible citizens.