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2601 Rattler Rd
San Marcos, TX 78666

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(512) 393-6800
(512) 392-8927
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November 24, 2014
I think that SMHS is a great school. Teachers that ive talked to say that SMHS is one of the best schools they've taught at. There are great teachers at this school. Sure every school has their "bad" teachers. Parents and students get to caught up in what the school is doing wrong rather then the good. The schools art programs (band, choir, orchestra, arts, theatre etc.) are top notch. No matter where a student goes to school it is up to then to get an education. The negative reviews pinpoint wrong. SMHS is an amazing school, if you make it one. Harvard university could be the worst school if you make it out to be. Its not. rattler up bro

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2014
I hope the new principal will support teachers and work to retain them and grow them as permanent school family. I've seen well intentioned newcomers try to "fix things" with wrong thinking. The teachers are all a long term investment and all willing to learn new things and grow. They are the strength of the school and the new leader should use them to make the school even stronger!

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2014
I am a parent and I really like SMHS! My student has done very well. Yes, there are areas for improvement, but don't we all need to work on something. If certain people in the community were not so quick to bash the high school, they could see the things that I see. I see for the most part teachers that do a good job and some do a great job. It is like that everywhere and not just at SMHS. You just wait, things are a changing at the high school! I expect great things in the next couple of years. My oldest son has gone on to college. He is an honor student and is consistently on the Dean's list of a Tier I university. I know that I did not teach him all of that. He must have gotten it from his teachers in SMCISD!!!! Instead of complaining about something, get involved and help fix what needs to be fixed. We have a great community! We have so many assets. Stop running the school down!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
A for effort and let's keep it going. Excited about some of the new teachers and their programs. Ready to see SMHS really grow. Lost a star for this: Academics should be more important than football so that is one thing that needs to change! It's a large school with large issues and challenging to all who work there, so parents...let's put up or shut up. There are lots of ways to support the teachers and kids. Contact them and volunteer. Win Win situation.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
For several years our teaches have made an enormous effort to improve the education of our children, but we have to remember that EDUCATION begins at home! therefore, MORE POWER TO OUR EDUCATORS! This year 30 some HS graduated, and Senior Students achieved high honors through Advanced Placement (AP) tests quite an improvement from years past! CONGRATULATIONS SAN MARCOS HS!, and our best wishes to you all! Respectfully, mov

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2013
The new Superintendent is fantastic! The academies are are a wonderful way to help the kids find and nurture their special talents. The teachers and staff are very caring and responsive to students and their needs. Great school, great community!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 13, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2010
Too much emphasis on football, not nearly enough on academics. Athletes can do no wrong. Sexual and drug activity prevalent in gyms, locker rooms, classrooms and bathrooms. I'm not sure what the staff is doing all day, with these activities so rampant. If I had a choice my kids would not go there any more.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
The principle treats students like babys because she was previously a kindergarden principle, And ruined the schools traditions. Teachers also miss the real rattler pride we use to have.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2009
Personally it can be ok but I just thinki the people in the school talk down on people too much and thats what drives students away and its ok sometimes but time goes slow.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
SMHS has some good teachers but it doesn't seem that they are well-supported or is the administration (especially the principal) very concerned about education. This is especially disappointing for a 'college-town' where the high school could be taking full advantage of having a university connection with a well establish College of Education at Texas State University. There is an overemphasis on teaching for TAKS test performance and also with athletics (i.e., the football program). While one might hope that a new high school facility scheduled to open next year will mean better education, I have my doubts considering the misplaced focus of the current administration and the lack of respect toward students and parents. Parents who believe in public education ought to consider other options for their children's education if the mission/vision for the new high school does not change substantially. SMHS does little to prepare its best students!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
Good school considering how big it is; large population of low income students makes it difficult for students who are serious about their education. Teachers are responsive and most strive for quality. School is hampered by lack of funding for the arts and there is a good band but no orchestra program.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
Good programs, and opportunities available for students. Can also take courses at Texas State.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
SMHS, although far from 'perfect', worked with us on meeting the needs of our children. If your child needs to be challenged, take advantage of the AP courses and exams, Credit-By-Exams, Dual Enrollment with ACC (almost free!) and TxState classes. Our sons were able to begin college as juniors upon graduation. It would be wonderful if all AP students were serious about their classes. Better results would be obtained. Extracurricular activities are readily available to the students, and were a huge part of our sons' education and life experience. Band, Debate, Student Council, Bus. Prof of America, FBLA, NHS...all were great experiences. One of the most frustrating things about SMHS was trying to get parental involvement going through PTSO, PTSA. I currently attend Booster meetings in order to try to recruit more parents, students and teachers into PTSA. Everyone is busy, and I suppose they think HS will take care of itself.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
San Marcos High has such a bad feeling about it. The new TAKS implementation has had teachers stressing out about the test than most students, leaving little or no attention for individual students. The school is so old it's a good thing the new high school is being built which will be available for use in 2006. As a student in class of 2005 I hope that the oncoming middle school students can put up with it as they will take the place of the current highschool system.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2004
This school is so ran down. As a student I know everything that goes on. There are fights everyday, drugs are always being sold, the teachers dont care about the students. I can only name one that cares. The buliding is falling apart. Are walls cause cancer! Changes need to be made.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2004
I think the teachers and principles should apply more attention to helping kids learn material in all subjects before passing studens to next grade. They can do better and not miss out on next subject. I think this is where students start to go bad and give up.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2004
The High School academic curriculum is generally okay. Why? because most tests students take are state required and faculty/students do not have a choice but to teach and learn the material. However, San Marcos is a football town and in addition, a lot of other extra curricular activities draw the focus away from what is most significant; our kids heatlh, safety, and education. As concerned parents and school faculty the focus should be directed to the school board pushing for a better environment while simultaneously educating their students in and outside the classroom. If the parents and faculty do not respond, who will? The school board needs major re-working to set new innovative and productive goals. The school is old and falling apart which helps the bad environment. Students degrade the school all the time. New Leaders schould arise, new actions should be taken, thus, new things shall prevail. -college freshman

- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2004
I am returning to SMHS as a senior. How are we supposed to feel safe when kids are bringing guns and bombs to school? This school is falling apart, very unorganized and there are about 1 or 2 teachers here that care about you. If this school cared about the academics as much as they did the athletic department (football, dance team, cheerleaders) we'd be in great shape.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2004
There are some good and some bad things, good that my child is reasonably safe at school, but sad knowing they are not getting educated to think but rather to pass a test. The athletic dept is so narrow minded in the view the kids suffer in all sports but football because god forbit the football program may suffer by loosing a potential player to another sport or give the sport the resorces needed to make it a classe 5a contentor. Pretty sad for the athletic department and overall forsight or may I say lack of.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2004
This school is very small and does not accomadate our children's needs very well. They try so hard to add new features but it just seems to cramp the lot more. San Marcos needs a larger High school or build another to expand with San Marcos as we grow!

- submitted by a former student
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San Marcos High School
2601 Rattler Rd, San Marcos, TX  78666
(512) 393-6800
Last modified San Marcos High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Marcos High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top