McKinney ISD's enrollment continues to decline

McKinney ISD's enrollment is expected to continue decreasing until the 2025-26 school year, according to the most recent demographic data.
McKinney ISD's enrollment is expected to continue decreasing until the 2025-26 school year, according to the most recent demographic data.

McKinney ISD's enrollment is expected to continue decreasing until the 2025-26 school year, according to the most recent demographic data.

McKinney ISD’s enrollment fell between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years—a trend expected to continue for a while, according to the latest demographic study.

The district noticed the decline when its enrollment predictions fell short by 321 students in the 2018-19 school year—a year in which MISD expected record-breaking numbers.

However, this decline is expected to continue until the 2025-26 school year, according to consulting firm Templeton Demographics.

This should have minimal effect on future general fund budgets, district officials said.

The largest drop was seen among elementary and middle school students, according to the data.


Kindergarten enrollment has slowed statewide, not just in McKinney, said Rocky Gardener, director of school district consulting at Templeton.

Texas birth rates declined about six or seven years ago, he said. This is now being reflecting in primary school enrollment numbers.

Also, many homes in the district are pricier than “typical starter home[s],” Gardener said, which leads to fewer families with young children moving to the area.

By the 2026-27 school year, the population should catch back up, and enrollment should start increasing again, according to Templeton data.
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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


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