B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Address
2601 Rattler Rd Mccarty Ln
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone
(512) 393-6800
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San Marcos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1060
111 responses
Average ACT
23
82 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 67 responses
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  • Homecoming Week
    21%
  • Prom
    19%
  • Field Day
    12%
  • Football games
    10%
  • Cinco de Mayo
    9%
  • Band
    6%
  • Basketball Games
    4%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,162
Free or Reduced Lunch
62%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.2%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.34 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.34 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.34 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,004/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.40 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.40 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.40 responses
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I liked how everyone was given the opportunjty to pursue a higher education within high school, and how the school was really involved with AP and dual credit courses. I also liked how we have and hour lunch so that student are able to join clubs, study, or go in for tutorials, that was always very beneficial! I didn't like the strict rules, that were counterproductive, like being tardy 2 minutes late to school, and if you don't attend lunch detention they take you to ISS and you definitely will miss more than 2 minutes of class there. Also, most of the dress code was guided towards women and basically were prohibited to wear comfty clothes (running shorts) because it was "too distracting." Other than minor irritabilities, the teachers are very helpful and want to see you succeed.
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I enjoyed San Marcos High for the most part, the classes and most of the teachers themselves were fine, the main issues usually were the student body, the standardized lackluster food (which most of the students complained about), and the slight disconnect in communication between the students and administration. The sports teams are pretty good, especially football, which has gotten really good within the past couple of years. Fine arts is great, and there is a full cast of great AP teachers, along with some stand out Pre-AP and academics teachers. Academics feels like it may have taken a hit, though, as we switched from block schedule to a "every period every day" schedule, which makes everything rushed and doesn't leave a lot of time for students to fully gather and understand what they're learning in most classes.
I didn't have a great experience here. While many of the Pre-AP and AP teachers were outstanding, there were one or two that didn't prepare their students well enough for the test or only focused on preparing students for the test while not bothering to truly teach their students. The students themselves seemed to only want to do the minimum it took to pass, though this varied depending on which classes you took, and these students were just barely the majority of the population. During my final year, the population of students had also grown to 2,000, and there weren't enough desks and supplies for everyone. Some classes had two or three students that didn't have desks or lockers because there weren't enough in the school to go around. For some courses, there weren't enough textbooks for everyone.