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Only a small percentage of schools in Texas earned it but 29 schools in McAllen ISD have received the CREST (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) award for the second straight year!

McAllen ISD school counselors were recognized during a ceremony on February 19, 2024.

McAllen ISD’s 29 awards are more than the rest of the Rio Grande Valley combined. There were 27 additional awards split among three other Valley school districts. The Valley’s total among the four districts comes to 56, up from 30 one year ago. 

Two years ago, McAllen ISD’s Fields Elementary was the only school in the Rio Grande Valley to win a CREST award. This raises McAllen ISD’s total to 59 CREST awards in three years.

In 2005, the Texas School Counselor Association began the CREST program to recognize schools with outstanding counseling programs. Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment to using the Texas Model to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social arenas. The Texas School Counseling Association announces winners. 

McAllen ISD’s winning schools include Alvarez Elementary, Castaneda Elementary, Escandon Elementary, Fields Elementary, Garza Elementary, Gonzalez Elementary, Hendricks Elementary, Houston Elementary, Jackson Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Milam Elementary, Perez Elementary, Rayburn Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Sanchez Elementary, Seguin Elementary, Thigpen-Zavala Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Brown Middle School, Cathey Middle School, De Leon Middle School, Fossum Middle School, Morris Middle School, Travis Middle School, Achieve Early College High, Lamar Academy, McAllen High, Memorial High and James “Nikki” Rowe High. All are now two-time winners except for Fields Elementary which won for the third time. 

See video honoring CREST winners and District Counselors of the Year here.

McAllen ISD Honors State CREST Winners & Counselors of the Year (