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School leader MELISSA SOSA

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1001 Elbel Road
Schertz, TX 78154

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4 stars
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July 19, 2014
As someone who is about to start my senior year at this school, I can tell you a lot about it. I have gone to this school since my freshman year and I have loved every second. I've made many friends from both Schertz and from other countries from going to this school. We had 4 foreign exchange students this year! That's awesome! They have so many programs and clubs to join too. I myself have been in band all three years I've been here, and the HOSA(health occupations students of America) club. We also have AP, IB, and dual credit programs. Because of this school I will be graduating with two extra credits. We also started a radiology course for seniors this year which will allow students who take the course to take the radiology test and become certified radiology techs straight out of high school. We're only the second high school to do that in the state! We may not be the best high school in the country, but I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2014
If you do not have high expectations for you child during their high school years, then this is the school for you! Incompetant , unorganized teachers and administration who do not care and have told the kids to teach themselves because they do not care. The teachers cuss, let them text, eat in class and basically do whatever. Thank god my child will not be in this school next year. Good riddance!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
We specifically chose this school district when moving to San Antonio an could not be happier. The school offers great education programs for the kids, Culinary, FFA, Sports programs, Computer Sciences, IB and AP programs with a large percentage of students moving onto college programs after graduation. Best decision we ever made. This included, limiting our home buying to keep our kids at Clemens. My oldest graduated in 2012, my middle will graduate this year (2014) and my daughter next year (2015). All of the faculty have our children's education and safety as priority, and the communication with teachers and staff is great. I had to fight schools in the past to get help when needed for my middle child.. It was awful. You can not wrong with the Clemens SCUCISD and our sister HS, Steele.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
I completely agree with the parent that said the teachers are lazy and allow the kids to do anything. My daughter says they are allowed on their phones, drink and eat in class. I saw a video one of her friends took in class and the teacher is waving at the camera as the kids do nothing. The admin are extremely rude to parents and talk down to kids and parents. My other children went to Steele and that school is a million times better and the principal is wonderful. I sure do miss that school and the strict way it is run.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Having had two daughters graduate from Clemens I am looking forward to my son starting there this year! My oldest was able to graduate early with a Texas Scholars diploma. My younger daughter graduated with college credits under the dual credit program and started college as a SOPHOMORE and all I paid was a registration fee of $15! Saved us a bundle! The jr which feeds into this school offers high school classes really giving the kids a heads up and allowing them to pursue all the programs Clemens has to offer. You child can graduate HS with certificates as a Vet tech or pharmacy tech and be eligible to take the state certification with no other school right out of high school. They have a bunch of dual credit college classes too. The extra activities abound and every Friday night in the fall the stadium is full of students and parents enjoying the team spirit! THe band program is top rated and the camaraderie is amazing! My kids are still close with dozens of their friends from school. They were well prepared for college and the military. Parents are very welcome too!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Clemens has deff, changed since the reviews in 2005, we are still overcrowded but only in the hallways. The classes are usually 25 - 32 people in them. Also dress code and tardiness offenders are given detentions or phone calls to the parents. The administrators crack down hard on rules but love their children.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2010
This school is a great school! My kids love it here. The teachers are extremely dedicated to their students and don't mind staying after to help them. Clemens offers a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities, with many of there clubs attending state meets. The only problem here is that Clemens is by far underfunded in a lot of their items. The district seems to like giving more of the new items to Steele High School, but this doesn't detract from Clemens, it detracts from the district.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2009
Extremely great school, offers both IB and AP classes with excellent, dedicated teachers. The school may look old, but it is nice due to recent renovations on the whole school. Also, the school has a great atmosphere, everyone (for the most part) is extremely friendly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
I love Samuel Clemens for manay reasons. I am a Special Education teacher for special needs students. This is my second year at Clemens. I am sure that we are like many other schools, but the family atmosphere really sets us apart. Not only amongst the staff, the students can feel it too. I can't say I have a 'job', but I can say I love what I do and part of that reason is my co-workers, the administration, the cafeteria workers, and the custodial department. Everyone takes good care of our needs in my classroom. And I appreciate it very much.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2009
We chose Clemens because of the IB program, which is great. My kids are getting an excellent education. The IB teachers are very dedicated, for the most part. The reason I didn't give the school 5 stars is because of lack of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2009
We love this school. This is my daughters second year attending and I am pleased with almost all her teachers. The schools drama teacher is somewhat of a hag but other than that the school is great.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2008
Great school with a broad range of activities and academics. I have three kids that have attended and I am very happy with the educational opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 05, 2007
Good school but don't seem to have a good handle on discipline issues.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2007
Samuel Clemens HS is a great school and overcrowding is not an issue, due to the opening of another HS in the district. Many things have changed since 2003, when many of these reviews were initially posted. The teachers are some of the best and they truly care about their students. Athletics are over emphasized at all Texas schools with winning traditions, which Clemens normally has. Student to teacher ratio is great. Administration places a strong emphasis on discipline, but are willing to work with parents and student that are having problems. The small town atmosphere is what makes it a great place to live, actually. Are there better schools, of course, but Clemens is still exceptional, IMO!

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 20, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 30, 2006
Samuel Clemens is a wonderful high shcool full of diversity, and cultural awareness. Its located in a great town with a wonderful community feel. They offer plenty of AP courses, and a solid accidemic foundation for college bound kids, in a safe inviornment.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Clemens overall is great. Teachers give one-on-one help, and my daughter has received a GREAT education from this school and this district. Our family does not care for the principal, for he is extremely dishonest.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
It is a school that offers quite a bit for its students. Principal is a little quirky but he is nice. Only downfall is the small town atmosphere.

- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2005
I have child attending SC and am not very pleased with the program. Maybe the overcrowding is a factor. But I do know that my child is very frustrated with the experience. There are students who break the rules especially the dress code that are not disciplined while others appear to be singled out for every infration. There appears to be alot of favoritism in this district at all levels of education. I think that parent involvment is very low due to either personal circumstances and the feeling that the district does not care what the families have to say. I really wish I could afford to send my child to a private school for a better academic education.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2005
Samuel Clemens high school is not a very good high school in my opinion because it is my first year there and I have been offered illegal drinking and chemical substances. It is also not a very clean school with rats, roaches, etc. The students as well aren't clean by some of there habits. The school puts you through what is not reality that is subjected in the real world, they give you the easy way out just to pass you along. The school is also very racist. If I had a choice of schools I would never put myself through this again because the people aren't real, they are rude, and if I had to go there for my last two years I wouldn't graduate cause I know that I don't have the skills I need in the real World to succeed in college. Clemens is not for prep-college.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2004
My child is currently a student at SC and says she is not aware of any drug issues, and has lettered in basketball in one year as a sophomore. We defintely see that there are some areas for improvement but overall we are satisfied with the academic focus of the school and the discipline as compared to some of the other schools in the area. Eligbility issues are common place in many schools. While I do agree that faculty and the administration could be more open to working with parents this would definitly encourage parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
This is my child s second year at Clemens. I must say the guidance we've received from his counselors has not been very helpful. It appears the counselor is not there to ensure my child receives the best possible education he can but only to receive a paycheck each month. I feel that if you as a parent and your child does not know which direction he wants to go, you will not be provided guidance by the counseling staff at Clemens. I've met with my son's counselor a number of times. Instead of leaving knowing my son will be provided guidance and support, I've only left frustrated and angry because of the counselors lack of knowledge or willingness to assist. Parents please get involved in your child s education. If you don't, the school definitely won't.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2004
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- submitted by a student
February 27, 2004
I do not agree with the first reviewer who says sports has too much emphasis. Because band, dance and other programs complain so much about how much attention their programs get compared to the sports programs, the sports programs are neglected. Just go out to any baseball game and see old and used equipment including uniforms. Also, while many of the non sports programs get a letter jacket after one year of participation, athletes have to be in the program 3 years. Letter jackets used to be for athletes only. My son is an honor student at Clemens and has never been given any extra privileges. If anything, some teachers treat him bad because he is an athlete. Overall, Clemens is a great school. I went there 25 years ago and it has improved greatly. The big problem is nepotism and the fact that HR hires based on who knows who and not qualifications so we don't have the best support staff and school board because of it.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2004
This school is characterized by low behavioral standards for student, which results in considerable distractions to students who are serious about their studies. Administrators cater to sports programs and encourage teachers to pass students so that they can maintain sports eligibility. Low parental involvement has resulted in the creation of academic programs that meet the needs of a small percentage of gifted students, at the expense of regular education and career technology programs. Campus administrators are more concerned with their careers than they are with achieving and maintaining academic excellence. Quality teachers are frustrated, morale is low, and attrition is high.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
This is one of the better schools in the area, but by far is not the choice I'd pick for me kids. There is too much emphasis on sports and not enough on academics. We haven't seen gang problems, but there are a lot of drugs. The faculty and admin seems a bit lax on discipline. I am not very impressed with the knowledge of the counselors for advising my 2 kids on their futures in college.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2003
Our daughter loves everything about SC High school. Now that the students have a set of books to leave at home 24/7, getting to and from class is much easier. There is a deep sense of family and community here, we sense it. At SC there's not the typical bullying, no 'in your face' problems that most other schools deal with daily. We are happy all the way around.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
This school is very overcrowded and the administration does not closely enough watch over everything that happens. The students do not get to learn as well with the new schedule plus more students for the teacher to individually help.

- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2003
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Samuel Clemens High School
1001 Elbel Road, Schertz, TX  78154
(210) 945-6100
Last modified Samuel Clemens High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Samuel Clemens High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top