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9-12
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Spring Branch, TX
Students enrolled: 2,289

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14001 HWY 46 W
Spring Branch, TX 78070

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March 26, 2014
For the parent who called the teacher that complained about the school bitter, you need to realize that not everyone is going to have the same experience as you are having, yet they are STILL entitled to their opinion. I know for me personally, the opinion of a teacher who actually works at the school and has a day-to-day perspective on what goes on there is considerably more important to me than the opinion of ONE parent whose child is having no complaints and who probably just drops them off with a wave and a "Make good choices Sweetie!". Staff are usually nice to parents but treat kids differently and how my children are treated is important to me. Also the fact that half the graduating class is failing is VERY important to me as I don't want to set my own children up for failure in a school where attention is not given to the reasons why so many are failing. I also do not wish to send my children to a school where they have to be fearful of their principal and teachers,but instead are directed to focus on their education. We are coming back to Texas from Europe which has really excellent schools. I am so loathing putting them back in the Texas public school system again.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
We moved into the Smithson Valley school district a year ago and at first the distance to school and our home seemed overwhelming since the drive is close to 30 minutes. Now it's second nature. My kids are in their second year at SV and love it! Initially, the transition to a new school is hard only because change is tough to deal with but it took my kids about a few days to feel comfortable at their new environment. SV has welcomed my children with open arms and if you ask them if they would be given a choice to move back to their previous school, their answer would be 100% NO!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
While by no means a terrible school, I would not consider it one of the best. As a current senior at Smithson Valley High School, I must admit that, while providing generally secure environment, much of the teachers' performances are inconsistent and uninvolved at best; while there are several advanced placement instructors whom try to offer the student quality education and enrich their minds, several others rely merely on handouts and provide limited assistance in the classroom, particularly those teaching regular courses. As has been constantly reiterated by several commenters throughout these reviews, the school does indeed have an excessive focus on athletics and dedicates less time to other activities that may potentially interest the student. Several extracurricular activities are in fact lacking as the school seems to struggle financially and more emphasis is placed on the campus' football team, limiting the surfacing of other activities for the student body. Much of the school is rather cliquish and close-knit as well, comprised mostly of students whom have known each other for several long years and seem unwelcoming of newcomers who can't seem to merge with the group.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2013
We recently moved here. When I registered my child, everyone seemed helpful and friendly. When my child started school, he received no guidance, no support and went through the first few days being ignored by students and staff. He didn't even eat due to how uncomfortable he felt. I have called the counselor multiple times and left messages, but she hasn't returned my calls. My son doesn't want to finish the year here. I am looking into other options or may consider homeschool. This school does not welcome newcomers.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Smithson Valley Great school for Teachers and Parent involvement. A great community to live in.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Quality of teachers very inconsistent. Many teachers rely way to heavily on handouts. Extremely clickish. Low student engagement.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
i graduated from this school in 2010 and it was a great school til now....the students dont care anymore the teachers let them do whatever they wanna do and the new principal. i mean i loved going there everyone was so nice and didnt care but now everyone is spoiled and they get what they want these kids are so spoiled i cant believe it.....but i love this school and the teachers are great!

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2011
This teacher from the previous post obviously has no idea what an iron fist is, my children moved from a school with a dress code that required shirt tucked in, belt, no skirts or shorts. My girls were thrilled with being able to dress any respectable fashion; in addition, it allows teachers and principals to focus on what is important, not a wardrobe. In their old school a simple toss of something at lunch would require suspension because of a scare of a food fight, this principal is out at lunch talking to our children and is not over reacting to simple teen gestures. Just because he ask more from the teachers is not a reason to post a negative comment about the school, SV is an amazing school!!! We moved here with 3 children starting anew and I found supportive faulty, staff and student body!! It started slowly, teachers were slow to respond to emails unless the principal was cc'd but eventually his "iron fist" showed some some changes with all the teachers. I respect structure, this is the the exact structure my children need! Sorry you bitter teacher!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
The principal has obviously never been in a school where the kids are great. There is not a problem and he rules with an iron fist. The teachers, faculty, and staff all complain about him and he has turned the school into a fear based learning environment. Besides the fact that he is a bad principal, %50 of the Senior class is failing for the year.

- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2010
every one at this school is spoiled and all they care about is what brands there wearing and how big there truck is. Dont go here

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2010
I have one who graduated last year,one who is a Senior this year,and one who is a Freshman......all of them love the school....when we retired from the military,we choose to live in SV country....traffic into SA and all....it's still a 'country' type school,good family and school values,exceptional support from the community and parents,and while it has its share of problems,I believe they still lag behind on the overall issues most schools this size face...and thats a good thing.'it takes a village' has meaning here,as do God ,Country and the Flag...:)

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2009
I was struggling in school, and a few teachers worked with me and created a safe environment where I felt successful. My parents and I had several ridiculous conferences with administration to discuss the teachers that would not work with me. The teachers wouldn't listen to what I needed and administration wouldn't listen to my parents. All they would say is they had confidence in their teachers. The meeting would be twisted away from the true situation and blame was put on me and my parents. I thought at those meetings both sides needed to work on the problem. I would go to another school, but we can't afford it. If you have experienced horrible teachers, rate them at ratemyteacher.com. Maybe administration will listen to the students and parents this way and fire the incompetent teachers. Smithson Valley should have higher expectations. All their efforts seem to be toward sports.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2009
I think this school is very uptight and well kept. It also has very nice and interesting teachers , they will always help you when you need something. The rules are strict here so you have to follow them well.

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 25, 2009
This is the best school i have ever attended. All the teachers and students are both great. The clubs and athletics programs can't get any better. KEEP GOING SVHS!

- submitted by a student
May 12, 2009
Our kids came from a small public school in Europe, and although change is tough for any kids- they settled right in within the first few weeks. There really is something for everyone. My child participates in Navy JROTC and loves every minute of it. Even as massive as the school is, the councilors sat down with us as a family to help plan my son's future curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
The school has good quality with mostly well behaved learning students.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2008
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! We could not ask for more. My child is taking dual credit courses as a Sophomore and is prepared for college already. There is a club or group for everyone. We moved here from a larger school district in San Antonio and did not know that this level of personal attention was available.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
When I first got here, I was overwhelmed my the massiveness of the school. But now, I realize that that is a very good thing! There are literally dozens of clubs; there's something for everyone! School spirit is high and there's plenty of opportunities to meet new people.

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2008
Has done an excellent job with all my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2007
This school is the best school I have been to in my life. KEEP GOING STRONG

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2007
The School is great, however class sizes for the 2007-2008 year are horrible. All of my son's classes are filled or over crowded. .

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
I'm a parent of a child at SVHS and our experience has been good. My son was new to the area but was quickly accepted and made some good friends. The counselors and teachers have been very helpful in guiding our son towards advanced classes and scholarship opportunities.My job takes me into many area high schools. Kids are similar everywere they are looking for problems they can find them. Keep them involved in activities and they stay busy. SVHS is a great place for this. The community is very involved here and there is a lot of school pride. The students have better chances to succeed here than many other schools because of this positive atmosphere and community involvement.This school sits out in the country and has a small town feel, it also has a beautiful campus and better than avg security. What a great high school!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2006
This school is not for everyone, and I encourage all parents to listen to their children if the complaints about SVHS (or any school for that matter) become too frequent. Children need to be comfortable in their surroundings to excel.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2006
I have a son attending SVHS and is in football. My experience, the coaches only care about winning and not the health of the players. The coaches also could care less about academics. They only care if the student makes a 70 to play. Some of the teachers, mainly coach teachers dont do their work when it comes to keeping up with the parent portal. You have to basicly scold them only after trying to be nice to make them to do their Job.. The students are also taught a lesson that you dont have to study b/c you will have several chances to make up the work to get a passing grade. Hello! They will not be able to do that in college...Then again all this school cares about is Football. Well thank goodness my son is in football(ya right!)

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
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May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 10, 2006
As a teacher although I don't work at Smithson Valley and my children only attend school there, I find the school as far as athletics no different than any other school in Texas, football seems the main focus. Having taught school in several other states North Carolina included I disagree with some of the comments made about the school by some of the parents on this site(who fail to sign their name). For the most part my kids feel welcomed in athletics as well as in their classes. I do feel there isn't enough focus on some of the classes and also that in the area of Math some of , or at least one of the teachers needs to be replaced with someone who knows how to address parents in a professional manner as well as teach to his students. When students do better teaching themselves from the book?

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2005
Smithson Valley High School is the best high school that I have ever expierenced. I went to four different high schools in my life, and I have to say that Smithson Valley gave me the most education and disipline. Not only are their acedemics wonderful, but as well as the sport teams. They straighten you up and get you ready for College.

- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2005
The academic programs are well conducted, while the availability of extrecurricular activities is widespread, other than swimming and water polo. The parent involvement is limited.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2005
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April 03, 2005
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March 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
Interesting. The students and former students feel compelled to demonstrate the academic merits of Smithson Valley High School by providing us (parents) with a dazzling display of their obvious mastery of the English language. In my learned opinion, this will give you an extremely accurate snapshot of this school. Circumstances beyond my control will FORCE me to send yet another daughter to this school. I worry for her future.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2004
Yes, the school does focus a bit on sports, but the students still get plenty of attention from the faculty, regardless of whether or not they participate in athletics. Someone, in another review, complained about the mean, unaccepting students. That's just not true. Each year Smithson Valley hosts plenty of foreign exchange students, and all of them have complemented the student body on their openess and kindness to newcomers.

- submitted by a student
October 22, 2004
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2004
Smithson Valley is a wonderful school! It offers many opportunities and clubs that are varied and interesting. Everything from photo club to guitar club to french club can be found here and there are also many academic opportunites with AP classes in Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English 3, English 4, Statistics, World History, U.S. History, European History, Government, Economics and many more. Football and Cheerleading are important but not more so then at any other South Texas High School or more then any other sport (tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, diving, softball, baseball, golf and bowling). I also feel very very safe at this school since it has no gangs and so much less drugs and alcohol then the average high school. The small town feel of this 5A school is incredible and I wouldn't ever think of going to school anywhere else!

- submitted by a student
September 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
As a former student and hopefully a someday teacher at Smithson Valley, I can't say enough good things about this school. Not being an athelete myself, I was given every oppurtunity to succeed as every other person in my classes. I was very active in the school in other areas rather than sports, and had a wonderful expirience at it. Sure, athletics at Smithson Valley are important, but that isn't any different than any other school in the nation. I never saw any drugs at SV, and I never had a problem with the staff and councelors. People who have complaints about SV should come check out the schools in the area that I'm in right now getting my college degree. The public schooling is downright awful, with no money for any aspect of education or extracurricular activities. Students, take pride, get involved, and take advantage of the oppurtunities.

- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2004
I go to SV right now. I love it, wouldn't go to any other school if they paid me. Football is very important to our school, but what Texas high school doesn't care about football? I grew up just dreaming about going to this school and now I'm here and loving the experience. Jason

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2004
As a current student and athelete at this school, let me be the first to praise the work of the staff and coaches. Sports is definately a big thing here, but I see that as a great oppurtunity. The unity which the various athletic and academic teams brings Smithson Valley a small-town feel. Though the school is a class 5A, the biggest class in Texas, it doesn't feel like one. Academice at Smithson Valley is just as recognized as athletics. The only difference is the fact that our teams succeed, bringing them into the spotlight. Some people think that, unless you're a jock or a cheerleader, this school isn't for you. That is definately not true. There's something for everybody here, and it's a great school to be a part of.

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2004
I went to SVHS for my freshman year. After a few months, I couldn't take the jock mind set in that school. No body cares about the smart student, or even the avg. student. While every one likes to think that SVHS is this wonderful school, think again. Drugs are all over the school, you think a dog can smell a pill? The kids who are there just trying to get though are always made to feel worthless, not only by the 'jocks' but also some of the teachers. The coaches don't care. I ran track and many times ran on a injured knee, because my coach told me to. I would never put my own child through this school.

- submitted by a former student
May 11, 2004
As a former SVHS teacher, I can honestly report that I had the best teaching experience of my career there. The faculty was the most professional and caring of any I've every had the privilege to work with. Mr. Williams trusts his teachers to do what's best for students and doesn't micromanage his campus. Students who did not have successful experiences at SVHS failed because they did not avail themselves of the opportunities presented to them. Extra-curricular activities do make up a large part of the school, but there are extra-curricular activities available for any student who wishes to be involved in one. The football program brings in the most money to the school, which is why it commands the largest budget -- it is self-sufficient, and its success also allows other programs to exist and thrive. I miss teaching at SVHS, and I'm glad I once had that opportunity.

- submitted by a teacher
March 15, 2004
As a student I absolutely love Smithson Valley. The small community provides plenty of support in extracurricular activities as well as academic accomplishments. Yes, football is a large concern on this campus, but as an advanced placement student I am often challenged academically as well. The school is very social, has teachers that care, teams that teach commitment and responsibility, and students that are full of school spirit.

- submitted by a student
March 07, 2004
I am a former student and just read the current posted reviews. I saw many things I agreed as well as disagreed with. As an athlete I loved the school, but can understand how nonathletes would not care for it. I do not think that the school is strictly for athletes though. You get out of school what you put into it. Therefore, as a student, if you put minimal effort into it you will receive minimal results. The teaching staff I had was incredible. From coaches to counselors- they were all wonderful and went the extra mile everyday. Thank you so much for a great four years.

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2004
I am currently a student at Smithison Valley. The sports are excellent and so are the core classes. Both teachers and couselors help you out. They explain how to do everything.

- submitted by a former student
February 16, 2004
As a student here at SVHS, I think it is a wonderful school. My teachers and coaches helped me alot. I believe that the teachers here at Smithson Valley are truly the most helpful people I have ever dealt with in my life.

- submitted by a student
January 23, 2004
As a parent I have been pleased with the opportunities offered by SVHS, although the school gets a lot of recognition for athletics the Advanced Placement program is very strong and the ROTC is recognized as one of the best in the country. My daughter was in the Choir and it was a tremendous experience for her. It is also a safe place to go to school and they take security very serious, no gangs, and they use dogs to keep drugs off the campus. The best thing about it was how well that my daughter was accepted as a move in during the 10th grade. We checked around before moving and we made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2003
I am currently going to SVHS and I personally agree with all these concerns.To make things worse the school goes off and makes a million dollar purchase, not for education, but for football! This school should start an 'I'll die for football' club. I'm sure many will join.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2003
for football & cheerleaders this school is good but if anyone else go some where else!

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
My daughter graduated from SVHS in 1994 and to say that the school tried in any way to prepare her for college is a joke. I realize most of the responsibility is the students, but unless you are a jock or a cheerleader, forget it. It is as if they don't exist. As with most school districts, football is the main objective. It receives more than its fair share of the budget money. Academics above all else must be the schools top priority.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
Smithson Valley is a unique experience.....if you play football. In a school that obviously panders to sports, it isn't a suprise that the test scores are below average. However, this is is not a result of the teaching staff. In fact, as a former student, I would say that the teachers there work incerdibly hard to accomplish what they can with little resources. What is really questionable is the decision to spend 1 million dollars on astroturf for a school that is understaffed by nearly 15 teachers. That can demonstrate where the upper levels in the school board seem to rank the education of its students in relation to the success of its sports. My younger brother actually has a class of nearly 60 people. Overall, overcoming the sports bias was the largest challenge I faced there, and any above average student will find the course options lacking at best. The administrative staff, save Principal Williams, is actually well organized and cares about its students, and the teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to see their students succeed. It was a good experience for me, but without enough teachers to properly handle the increasing school population, things are only going to go downhill from here. Except for the football team.

- submitted by a former student
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Smithson Valley High School
14001 HWY 46 W, Spring Branch, TX  78070
(830) 885-1000
Last modified Smithson Valley High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Smithson Valley High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top