McKINNEY (May 7, 2014) — U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the best high schools in Texas, and all three McKinney ISD high school campuses have landed high on the list.

McKinney High School earned gold medal status and ranked No. 47 in the U.S. News evaluation. They were followed closely by McKinney Boyd High School, who also received gold medal recognition, at No. 53 and McKinney North High School, who earned silver medal distinction, at No. 55.

Of the 19,400 schools appraised nationally by U.S. News, only 3 percent earned gold medal distinction and 9 percent earned silver. Seventy-three percent received no medal recognition of any kind.

“I am extremely proud and impressed that all three of our high schools ranked as high as they did on the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best high schools in Texas,” said McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy. “This places our three high schools among the top seven traditional public high schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area alongside Highland Park High School, Colleyville Heritage High School, Lovejoy High School and Richardson’s J.J. Pearce High School.”

"And, it’s nice to see all of our high schools clustered together. That shows me that we have done a good job creating equitable programs among the three schools and that there is equity in the quality of our staff,” Kennedy added.

When comparing high schools, the U.S. News researchers examined students’ reading and math scores comparative to the state average, the performance of each school’s least advantaged students and participation rates and test scores in college-readiness Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

To win a gold or silver medal and to be nationally ranked among the 4,707 highest-scoring schools, each MISD high school campus had to qualify in the first two areas and meet a median college-readiness benchmark. State rankings were then determined by pulling schools in order from the national list.

In the final reckoning, all three MISD high schools proved to be above the Texas average in the evaluated categories of College Readiness, Geometry and Reading.

“This reflects the strong commitment of MISD to student equity, access to rigorous classes and high expectations for all students,” said MISD Advanced Academics Coordinator Marita Cleaver. “MISD systematically focuses on academic success for all students, and does so through the strategic implementation of programs, ongoing data analysis, goal setting on all levels and through the offering of academic classes and camps.

“The special focus on inclusion of all students and high expectations for all students is reflected in the expectation that they will enroll in rigorous classes and take the AP test once they enroll in an AP course. The hard work, commitment and genuine caring of our teachers makes the ultimate difference and has helped to create and continuously foster a culture that celebrates student success for all,” said Cleaver.

The list ranked Texas high schools from 1 to 189, then listed the remainder of the 1,492 schools alphabetically.

Other Collin County school ranked in the top 100 are Lovejoy (32), Prosper (66), Frisco Liberty (76), Frisco Centenntial (79), Frisco Wakeland (89) and Frisco High (94).

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or


About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at