It’s a milestone in a child’s life. The first year in their educational career is a big stepping stone toward their future.




Parents can introduce their child to all the wonders offered in McAllen ISD by bringing their child to register at the Pre-K/Kinder Roundup, set for January 8-12, at each elementary campus.




The Roundup will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. Staff will be on-hand to walk parents through the process. The best days to register will be January 8-9, since classes will be closed, there will be less traffic.




A few of the many advantages for students in McAllen ISD’s Pre-K and Kinder classes include:


All Day Pre-Kindergarten

Access to modern technology

Free resources for parents

100 percent of teachers certified in Early Childhood

No tuition for students registering from outside the McAllen ISD zone


Students who are enrolled in McAllen ISD’s Pre-Kinder program this year are already enrolled for the 2018-19 school year. This Roundup is for children who will be new to the district.


Students entering Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten are introduced to a world of wonder that includes robotics, science, fine arts and lots of fun. McAllen ISD students get to steer rovers, delve into coding and program robots. In fact, twice, McAllen ISD Elementary Coding Teams have won a state championship and competed on the international stage.


Students even learn about drones – always a popular favorite.


“We enhance student learning with hands-on experiences,” Dr. Silvia Ibarra, McAllen ISD’s Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services, said.


Another primary focus is on literacy. This is important because a mastery of literacy is key toward mastering all subjects.


“We really push literacy,” Dr. Ibarra said. “The goal is to give them opportunities to learn as early as possible.”


McAllen ISD has support and resources for parents too.


Through different programs, like H-E-B 3 and Ready Rosie, parents can learn about proper nutrition for their children and can become empowered to reinforce learning at home. Parents even receive free books to build libraries at home and learn how to improve their child’s vocabulary and inquiry skills.


“If we partner with parents to teach literacy as early as possible, we know students will be better off academically,” Dr. Ibarra said. “Here at McAllen ISD, we have very strong parental involvement programs.”


All of this is offered free for parents and students.


In addition, students will have highly trained, experienced teachers. McAllen ISD provides tools and resources for its teachers throughout the year. Every Pre-K or Kinder teacher is required to hold the Early Childhood Certification.


“We offer on-going professional development to enrich the curriculum,” Dr. Ibarra said.


Once students are enrolled at a McAllen ISD elementary campus, they are automatically placed on a track that will include opportunities to join chess teams, compete in UIL events, dance in Folklorico, join clubs (including garden clubs or coding clubs) and participate in a choral program.


All elementary music teachers are certified to teach music.


Parents coming to the Roundup should bring:

Their child’s birth certificate

Their child’s immunization record

Their child’s social security card

Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill showing family name and address. Needs to be fewer than 30 days old)

Child’s report card(s)

Documents which indicate that parents receive food stamps or AFDC/TANF for their child


For questions, contact any McAllen ISD elementary campus.