School Details

McAllen High School

2021 La Vista Avenue, McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 632-3100
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2158 students 15 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. 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 grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

McAllen High School is a public high school in McAllen. The principal of McAllen High School is ALBERT CANALES, whose e-mail is ACANALES@mcallenisd.net. 2,158 students go to McAllen High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 14% of the McAllen High School students have "limited English proficiency." 59% of the 2,158 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 51% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at McAllen High School is 15:1. Achieve Early College High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 93%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.02%
Multiracial 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 67%
Limited English proficiency 14% 29%
Economically disadvantaged 59% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (7 years ago)

    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

  • (8 years ago)

    this school does a good job academically but the extracurricular activites are extremely limited and usually do not do too well.

  • (8 years ago)

    Mcallen high school has very great education skills. My daughter goes there and I would really recomend it.

  • (8 years ago)

    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!

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

  • (9 years ago)

    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.

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