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Mckinney High School

Public | 9-12 | 2074 students

 
 

Living in McKinney

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $182,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $840.

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Posted October 8, 2013

I absolutely love that my child goes to MHS! We chose to live where we live currently so that our kids would be zoned for this HS! The teachers are wonderful and we have had not issues so far. This is my child's 2nd year there and we are very involved in all that she does. the key is being involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Alot of bullying, fighting , and the teaching is bad. Theirs also some students skipping school and smoking weed in the bathrooms.


Posted August 18, 2012

I'm gonna go to high. I saw a picture of the rezoning on the website and it looked cool.


Posted April 21, 2011

Im currently addressing a difficult situtation involving numerous complaints against a teacher by myself and other parents. Numerous hours have been spent trying to solve this issue. The principal is now involved and a formal investigation is underway. I caution all parents to document everything and report issues as they happen. Children are not experienced enough to go up against an adult and can be bullied by anyone including a teacher. I find the school is disorganized, has unfair practices and will try to discredit any complaint against their own. We need more than just bond elections...we need an administration overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

My daughter is entering her sophomore year at McKinney High. Because MISD zones their schools on socio-economic factors vs. geography, it creates a very strong balance amongst the 3 high schools. It is absurd to think a child will get better education at one high school vs. another. The MHS kids resent the superior attitude of the MBHS kids. Yes, Boyd has a better, newer building, but the programs offered, level of education, etc. are very good at all the schools. I am pleased with MISD schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

This is a great school! The teachers are outstanding, the staff is incredible and the students are second-to-none. If you don't believe it.....ask students at the other two high schools in town...they all wish they had what MHS does. While Boyd is definitely a bigger, newer, and nicer facility, it simply creates students with an attitude of superiority and entitlement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

This school has lower learning standards than the rest of the district. I have twins and 1 attends Boyd while the other is here at High. There is a major difference. My child at Boyd is concerned that his twin will not learn anything at High because of this. I didn't think this was possible but it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2010

My daughter presently goes to this school, and I have to comment on how impressed I am with the academics and the performing arts. Because of my daughter's academic achievements at this school, and the support of her teachers, she is in the top 10% of her class. I believe this was accomplished because of the caring teachers at McKinney High. The choir department with Mr. Garms as the fearless leader, puts on a display of raw talent and performances every year. We look forward to all of the performances every year, including the wonderful Madrigal Dinner at Christmas time. Keep up the terrific work!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My Granddaughter goes there and I am always bragging about the school offering cosmetology classes that will enable the students to be able to obtain a job right out of High School. Her name if needed can be provided, she is a senior this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

Mckinney High School is amazing! The teachers are commited to the students only and they love what they do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2009

My daughter is a Freshman. So far so good. When she missed a class due to traveling with her team the school call letting us know how many classes she missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

My daughter loves it and so do I! There is work being givin that she can look back on and study from!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

The teachers in this district love what they do. In the past (in other districts), I have contemplated putting my own children into private school. This is not an issue with McKinney ISD. I have complete faith in this district. I would recommend this district to anyone.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 31, 2007

After moving from the midwest, was very disappointed with this school district. The students have total control over the administration. It's very obvious that there is little respect for rules or adult authority. Let's just say $$$ talks at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2006

I've had one son graduate from MHS, he applied at 2 universities and was accepted to both based on his GPA, AP standards and SAT results. My other son is now a junior and with many regrets for me, he decided to go to Boyd, our new high school for various reasons. The principle at McKinney High is remarkable and is a great leader to students and staff alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

One daughter made it through fine. One daughter who had trouble, skipped school over 9 times without us even knowing it. We were never contacted by phone. We were never contacted of disciplinary action until we began paying regular visits to the house principal. Teachers and coaches worked with us, but Principals were there to get the student through the system. We were very disappointed after our daugther skipped 30 times in her senior semester and they graduated her. She didn't get the education we paid for or expected for her. We are moving out of McKinney school district for this very reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

My son has thrived here. Could not ask for better teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

Mckinney high school is a wonderful school with wonderful faculty and things of that sort.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2005

High to extremely performance in academics. Very enthusistic and highly experienced leadership and faculty teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

McKinney High School is a great school for academics and sports, its a very organized school in which a lot of parents would love for their students to go to.
—Submitted by a student


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.

About these ratings

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.

539 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

532 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

528 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

518 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

518 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Social Studies

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

517 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

456 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

455 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Social Studies

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

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

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 Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asian92%
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Unacceptable".

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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%
Algebra II

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

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
49%
English I Reading

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

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%
English I Writing

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

578 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%
English II Reading

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

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
82%
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
79%
World Geography

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

534 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%
World History

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

493 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students83%
Female79%
Male86%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education64%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education78%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Native86%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education60%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students77%
Female80%
Male74%
Black or African American65%
Asian90%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander60%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education37%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
Black or African American48%
Asian85%
Hispanic46%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander40%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education30%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students87%
Female91%
Male83%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial94%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education22%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)26%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students69%
Female79%
Male59%
Black or African American55%
Asian100%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial76%
American Indian or Alaska Native38%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education17%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students58%
Female60%
Male56%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted58%

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 Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education69%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/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

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/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

World Geography

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Black or African American86%
Asian95%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander80%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education71%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students80%
Female79%
Male81%
Black or African American68%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Native86%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education41%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted78%
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
White 53% 29%
Hispanic 28% 52%
Black 12% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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McKinney, TX 75069
Phone: (469) 302-5700

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