Fast growth in housing developments within McKinney ISD has caused officials to adjust attendance zones for the 2024-25 school year.

The district’s board of trustees approved the boundary adjustments March 25. The affected zones include moving students from:
  • Frazier Elementary School to Press Elementary School
  • Johnson Middle School to Cockrill Middle School
  • McKinney Boyd High School to McKinney North High School
How we got here

Within MISD, there are 25 actively building subdivisions and 25 future subdivisions, said Dennis Womack, assistant superintendent of business, operations and technology, during the board meeting. Other development highlights within the district include:
  • 3,100 lots available to build on
  • 3,900 lots with groundwork underway
  • 4,000 multifamily units under construction
The district is forecast to reach about 27,600 students in the next 10 years, according to the meeting’s presentation. This is an adjustment from numbers presented to the board in December, which projected the district reaching nearly 26,000 by the 2033-34 school year, Womack said.

“This is updated from the housing sales we had in the fourth quarter [of 2023] coming into the first quarter of 2024,” Womack said.

Diving in deeper

If attendance boundaries stayed the same, then Frazier Elementary would have 978 students in the 2024-25 school year, according to the adjusted projection numbers. This enrollment number would reach 1,184 in the next school year—234 students over the campus’s capacity.

About 140 families will be impacted by the shift in Frazier Elementary’s zone, Womack said. This includes families in the Luxe of McKinney, the Preserve at Honey Creek and the Pecan Creek apartment complex, according to the presentation.

Shifting the attendance zone will bring Frazier Elementary’s numbers down from 978 to 753 in 2024-25 and boost Press Elementary’s numbers from 477 to 684 in the next school year, the presentation stated.

“Taking that portion of Frazier and rezoning that to Press Elementary School will allow growth within Frazier’s boundaries without having to either put portable buildings there or have a massive overflow plan,” Womack said.

Johnson Middle would reach over 1,500 students in the next five years if the zones were not adjusted, according to the presentation. The middle school’s capacity is 1,200, which it would surpass in 2025-26, if not adjusted now.

Affected neighborhoods for the middle school and high school rezone include Highridge, Auburn Hills and Painted Tree. The 1,100-acre master-planned community Painted Tree, which opened in the fall, is expected to have 3,400 total residences once completed.

“We’re really looking at those future homes and the next set of enrollments that will come in,” Womack said.

What parents should know

MISD is allowing students who live in the identified rezoning area to have a grandfather option to stay at their current campus. Younger siblings may also be grandfathered at the school if the grandfathered sibling is attending the school during the same school year. Younger siblings will be grandfathered to remain at the campus until a new rezoning is implemented or the family vacates the residence, according to the presentation.

Grandfathered students are considered approved transfers and are subject to the district’s transfer guidelines. Parents and guardians of a transferred student are responsible for providing transportation to and from campus, per the guidelines.

The meeting’s full presentation of the district's proposal to adjust attendance boundaries can be found in the Board Book on MISD’s website.