SAN MARCOS HIGH SCHOOL

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2601 RATTLER RD
SAN MARCOS, TX 78666
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Phone: 512-393-6800
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: San Marcos Cisd
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 513.8
  • Number Students: 2055
  • Number Teachers: 155
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5035
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 382
  • Principal: Ms Michelle Darling
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (25 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-16
    "This school is a nightmare for students, parents, and teachers--ultimately, it's a nightmare for the community, too. San Marcos can't grow or improve unless the school system improves. Students at SMHS get bottom of the barrel SAT and ACT scores. Look at the numbers and ignore the administration's hype. Instead of a new football stadium, maybe the community should pour money into teachers and tutors so that this school wouldn't be such an embarrassment for the city. Just look at the Great Schools rating above! Five out of ten. Click on the test scores tab above. What are our tax dollars buying? The principal of this school needs to stop managing like the former kindergarten teacher she is and establish rules for teens, not children. She needs to raise expectations and stop babying students. She allows students to turn in homework even two to three months late, with no penalty to their grade! She allows them to text in class, while the teacher is teaching! Spend a day on campus before sending your child here. It's a beautiful school, but only on the outside. See for yourself."
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    Posted 2012-07-31
    "You can get a good education here if you want to. I read all the reviews written so far (July 31, 2012), and the only one that bears truth is that the high number of low socio-economic students make it more difficult for teachers and students to be serious about education. SMCISD offers everything necessary for a motivated student to achieve high school success and/or real world success. Fighting community apathy is the real problem."
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    Posted 2012-01-13
    "I work as a substitue teacher and after subbing at the high school all last year and part this year I can say that I will either pay for her to go to a private high school or will home school her. This school has serious issues that are not being addresses. The dress code is a joke - boys with their pants to their ankles, girls in short shorts skirts, kids walking around the hall on their ipods and cell phones, they text in class, listen to their ipods in class. Try using the restroom in the morning or lunch - there are always about 20 girls in their curling their hair/putting on makeup, talking on phones, etc (looks more like a beauty salon than a school). Rules are sporadically enforced, if at all. There are NO consequences when students violate the rules. The new superintendent was suppose to implement sweeping changes, gain control of the school, enforce the rules? I am not real sure what Mark Eads is waiting for but as of today it is the same old thing. They had a meeting last year to find out why so many parents were leaving the district - moving to Kyle or elsewhere. BE WARNED IF U CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS DO NOT SEND THEM HERE."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-03-17
    "SMHS had plenty of opportunities for students to learn and get involved. As an alumni (class of '09) I know you get out what you put in. For ex, if you don't get involved/pay attention in the class room, you don't learn anything therefore you think you had a bad teacher. I am not saying SMHS is perfect. Of course there are some bad teachers, but for those few bad ones there are plenty of good ones to make up for it. As for the principal, what an outstanding person. The first year she was hired was pretty rocky, with changing pretty much everything that we knew (most importantly the pep-rallies), speaking to us like we were small children. But she listened to what we had to say, and tired to compromise to the best of her abilities. She truly cares about what she's doing. and proves it by showing up at all sporting events not just football, band competitions (even the ones out of town), and key club events just to name a few, now speaks to the students like young adults. Now for the athletic directors (male and female), they both need to go, i would elaborate however I don't have much room left. If you had good kids, they should be perfectly fine at SMHS."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-03-07
    "As a parent I would strongly recommend you send your children to another High School if at all possible. There are a few rare jewels at this school - reasonable teachers who care deeply and actually teach, but, unfortunately, they are the exception to the rule. I don't know if it is the ineffectual administration or the public school system at large, but something here is very broken and the kids with real potential are paying the price."
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