We mean it when we say, “We are family.” Our focus is sharp. Our aim is true. Our work is personal. Ours is a safe and nurturing environment where students are valued and cherished as individuals, while they are empowered through programs and schools recognized as among the best in the state and nation. In our schools, students encounter new worlds to explore and new challenges to conquer learning, always learning. It is an exciting path that leads to both academic success and emotional intelligence. It happens this way because we take your child’s achievements personally. Here, your child really is family. In McAllen ISD, there is constant cooperation between the campus and parentsto reach incredible gamechanging triumphs for the children they serve. This teamwork mentality is a big reason why McAllen ISD has earned the Readers’ Choice Favorite School District award three times in the last four years. This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team: teachers, staff, students, parents, School Board and our community. It is a formula that has led to many recent recognitions and awards on a state and national level. These accolades include: • Earning an “A” on the state accountability tests, the highest ranking, for two straight years. • Earning the state’s distinction for Post-secondary Readiness three consecutive years. • Earning the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (School FIRST) for the 17th time in 18 years with a perfect score the last nine years and perfect scores 14 times overall. • Having McAllen ISD high schools ranked among America’s best schools by either US News & World Report or The Washington Post for the 6th straight year. All five being ranked by US News & World Report in 2020. • Having all eligible schools listed among America’s Healthiest Schools by the national Alliance for a Healthier Generation. • Earning a national Best Community for Music Education designation eight consecutive years. • Becoming one of just 42 school districts in Texas to earn the Texas Art Education Association 2020 District of Distinction award, placing McAllen ISD in the top four percent of school districts in the state. • 19 Regional or State Teacher of the Year titles in the past 29 years. • School Board named a Regional Honor Board in 2020. In addition, I was blessed to receive the Superintendent of the Year for the Region this summer and am now in the running as one of just five finalists for the state Superintendent of the Year award. Just like our other awards, it would not be possible without contributions from the entire team. More importantly, I am proud that the hard work of our students has paid off. Here are a few recent accomplishments from this past school year: • Achieve Early College High setting a school record with 87.6% of graduates earning their Associates Degree through South Texas College. • National Merit Scholar from Lamar Academy (Memorial). • The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme setting a district record with 120 graduates. • A district record $54 million earned in scholarships. • Dozens of AP Scholars and National Hispanic Scholars. • Nearly 3,200 professional licenses and certifications earned through our Career Technical Education program. Our graduates have begun the next chapter of their lives. Many have headed to top universities and colleges including the US Naval Academy, Notre Dame, New York University, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Rice, Duke, MIT and Stanford among many others. The men and women who educate and nurture our children immerse themselves in the noble mission of inspiring students and our community to increasingly greater achievement. Our people are excellent educators and staff whose dedication ensures our students lay a foundation that catapults them to triumph in adulthood. For more information on any of our schools or exciting programs, please call our Student Outreach Department at 956-687-6473. We are determined to continually improve upon the educational offerings that help our students reap a lifetime of success because that is what you do for family. — Dr. J.A. Gonzalez has served as Superintendent of McAllen ISD since 2016.
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