Round Rock ISD now officially has three International Baccalaureate high schools after McNeil High School received its official designation in December.

What happened

RRISD staff shared in a Jan. 18 board meeting that McNeil High School officially received IB authorization Dec. 15. It joins Westwood and Stony Point High Schools in the program.

About the program

Michelle Swain, RRISD's gifted and advanced academic services director, said the district began seeking the IB program designation in 2021 through a process that began with hiring a coordinator and establishing it on campus.

McNeil High School was chosen for the program, Swain said, as a large number of students zoned for that campus were having to go to Westwood and Stony Point to participate in the IB program.

"By bringing this to McNeil, it allows the students who a were having to travel to participate to now stay at their home campus, or future students to stay at their home campus," Swain said.

Swain said that being an IB school means students at McNeil and other schools under this designation are able to earn an IB diploma. This diploma allows students to claim a minimum of 24 hours of college credit at a public college or university.