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Mcallen High School

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Posted August 1, 2013

The new principal at McAllen High School is big on technology and focused on high-quality education. He creates a strong, supportive environment for students and employees. Teacher at McHi build strong relationships with the students and are dedicated to providing them with the best education so they will be fully prepared for college and/or skilled careers. Great things are happening at McAllen High School!


Posted June 26, 2010

This school has the worst administration imaginable. They are only looking out for themselves. There is absolutely no discipline at all in this school. There are certain families in the community whose children go to school here that the administration is afraid of. They are paranoid that these families will get an attorney and sue the school if their child is not giving extreme preferential treatment. Mean while the other students are either treated very unfairly or simply ignored. My children did not feel safe here I will be sending them anywhere but McAllen High. The administration are experts at the PR game and trying to cover up the truth of how this school really is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My children have all gone through McHi. Every year now it is becoming less and less impressive. I talk to my kids teachers and I am mostly happy with them. My kids tell me that the students run the place and they have no respect for the principals. All the head Principal does is talk and threaten over the intercom but never follows through with them. I am glad we are just about done with McHi.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

I am a former student from mcallen highschool, and i have to say it is a good school over all, but, like any school, it does have its defects. The dress code, many feel, is unfair and ridiculous, from not being able to wear tatterted jeans to not being able to wear headbands; it has become nothing more then a distraction to the school instructive. The consequences for not following dresscode leads to more ditstraction to the classroom, by placing students is ISS for a the whole day is only worsening the academic problems that McHi faces.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2008

i went to McAllen high school my 10th and and 11th grade year.. the teachers n counselors are really helpful andcaring...at times...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2007

I went to McHi and now my children are graduating from there. The tradition continues. We all support the Mighty Bulldogs. This school has come a long way since its leadership change last year. Staff happy, respectful and show they truly care about these kids. The bad thing is everyone wants to come to McHi from other schools and I don't think they should continue allowing this.(student to teacher ration. Spirit is also great and the kids really, really support each other. Love the new dress code. All look nice
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2006

this school does a good job academically, but the extracurricular activites are extremely limited and usually do not do too well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 19, 2006

Mcallen high school has very great education skills. My daughter goes there and I would really recomend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Ability of the principal to maintain objectivity when dealing with staff is questionable. As a result, academics and extracurricular activities are being compromised. Morale of staff has declined and therefore, enforcement of discipline policies has weakened. I am saddened by this environment, and I will be looking for changes to turn this situation around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

Both of my children graduated from this school. Both completed college. One received her Doctorate in Genetics. They were both involved in music and one was in the national honor society. I was involved in the Band Boosters and was the Secretary and helped with the football programs. I think the academics were good and the children were successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

Great School, Both of my children graduated from McHi...Go Bulldogs! Most teachers work well with students/parents. I only experienced two teachers that I felt for different reasons were not the best choice of educators for my children in the past eight years for which I requested a schdule change and was accomadated by the administration. Although there are many cliques among the student population (freaks, geeks, jocks, preps, aggies, etc.)the diversity is well tolerated and welcomed among the students. In the organiations that my children particpated (band, choir, football, basketball, etc) parents were very involved and supportive. As is with most high schools, parent participation in the PTA is low, although membership enrollment is high. The school counselors do a great job helping students find financial aide to attend college. On the whole, I am pleased my children attended McHi.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

630 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

613 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

475 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

465 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

462 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

459 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%

Math

All Students89%
Female89%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education33%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%

Science

All Students96%
Female95%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female97%
Male99%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

601 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

637 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
29%
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
29%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

540 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students80%
Female84%
Male75%
Black or African American83%
Asian80%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education38%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English81%
Migrant55%
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students82%
Female84%
Male80%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education55%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English84%
Migrant82%
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students71%
Female72%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian70%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education40%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)32%
Proficient in English72%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
Black or African American80%
Asian86%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education19%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)21%
Proficient in English68%
Migrant33%
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted58%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male37%
Black or African American80%
Asian63%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Special education10%
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)10%
Proficient in English47%
Migrant14%
Non-migrant44%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted36%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian70%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education27%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)34%
Proficient in English79%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students49%
Female54%
Male44%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian70%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education9%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English52%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant49%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian78%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education58%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English89%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students80%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted80%

U.S. History

All Students90%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted89%

World Geography

All Students79%
Female78%
Male79%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education36%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)26%
Proficient in English82%
Migrant55%
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students70%
Female68%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian78%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education25%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English71%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 91% 52%
White 6% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 14%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Fax number
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2021 La Vista Avenue
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