McKinney ISD’s Serenity High School holds ribbon cutting for new space


Serenity High School held a ribbon cutting for its new space Saturday, Sept. 22. The 2,000-square-foot space, which opened for the 2018-19 school year, is attached to the west of McKinney North High School, located at 2550 Wilmeth Road, McKinney.

Serenity High is a fully accredited high school in McKinney ISD for students who have completed alcohol and drug rehab. The school opened in 1999 and has nearly 300 graduates.

Prior to relocating the school operated out of four portable buildings at MNHS, Serenity Principal Stephen Issa said.

The school partners with 11 nearby districts, including Anna, Frisco, Plano, Lewisville, Rockwall, Richardson, Gunter, Pilot Point and Tioga ISDs, according to the school’s website. Many students from other districts who attend Serenity do so at no further cost to their parents, according to a news release from MISD.

Issa, who has been the principal of Serenity for nearly 13 years, said the school has four core prinicples—humility, integrity, commitment and gratitude.

Serenity planned to host a fundraiser Sept. 22 called Serenity High’s Ride for Recovery, however, due to rain the ride was postponed until Oct. 20. More about the inaugural event can be found online at

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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