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District Profile



Mission CISD has been leading the way in college and career readiness in Western Hidalgo County for many years. Plus, we offer children an education and enrichment that no area charter school or private school can match. We are introducing two new options for elementary education in the Mission area beginning in August 2019: Salinas Elementary Academy of Fine Arts and Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering. Each of our schools has been named among the "Healthiest Schools in America" by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Our Mission Collegiate High School and Veterans Memorial High School have been named one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. 


More parents than ever are choosing Mission CISD schools, including many who live in other school districts. Interested? Come check out our schools and apply for a free, out-of-district transfer


It begins in our elementary schools-

  • Full-day Pre-K3 offered through 3 schools (state eligibility requirements apply)
  • Full-day Pre-K at all elementary schools, regardless of income or language
  • Truly individualized instruction
  • Dual Language instruction beginning in Pre-K
  • Expanding computer tablets and laptops for instruction
  • Computer Science and Coding
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) instruction
  • Enrichment programs that have competed internationally
  • Area robotics leader
  • Read to Lead community literacy initiative, beginning in school
  • Fine Arts- choir, band, dance


In junior high school it expands to include even more-

  • Science and robotics programs that compete nationally
  • Laptop computers for student use
  • Opportunities to earn high school credit
  • Expanded Fine Arts that include choir, band, dance, drama, etc.
  • Math and Science students advance to state and national competitions
  • Band programs earned Sweepstakes awards and division one ratings
  • Athletics


In high school, it expands even more!

  • Over 2,000 professional certifications and college Associate's Degrees were earned by students (2017-2018 school year)
  • Class of 2018 earned 8,376 Dual Enrollment college credit hours
  • 76 Associates Degrees earned by members of the class of 2018
  • Students can earn Associates Degrees at all three high schools
  • Programs that compete nationally
  • Chromebook computers for all students
  • Early College High School programs not offered anywhere else in our area
  • More opportunities for professional certifications
  • More opportunities for college credit
  • More opportunities for pursuing life interests
  • Academic and athletic programs advanced students to state competitions
  • Fine Arts students advanced to state level competitions


We serve almost 16,000 students in the City of Mission and the neighboring communities of Alton, Palmhurst, and McAllen. The district employs about 2,300 people. We have three high schools, four junior high schools (grades 6-8), 14 elementary schools (grades PK-5), an alternative school to serve students considered to be at-risk, and a non-traditional high school program (Options Academy) to give qualifying students a second chance at completing their requirements for a high school diploma.