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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-
San Marcos High School is an above average, public school located in San Marcos, TX. It has 2,246 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.
Address
2601 Rattler Rd Mccarty Ln
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone
(512) 393-6805
Website

San Marcos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1060
141 responses
Average ACT
23
88 responses
AP Enrollment
16%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$30,985
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$949
National
$949
Median Home Value
$151,700
National
$184,700

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
Report
  • 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
2,246
Free or Reduced Lunch
61%
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
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,287
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.
4 years ago, this school was newly built and I attended, so it was gorgeous & everything was up to date, but the school culture itself could use some help. I would look up the numbers on SES status of surrounding neighborhoods, & that will give you some idea on what this school is like. There are many options for clubs & ways to get involved, but very few students actually did. We had a lot of sports to choose from too & many of our students went on to University with athletic scholarships. The AP & Dual Credit classes are amazing, but again, very few students actually enrolled because the general student body did not have the resources to be informed about this. I think that the counseling admin could be better and more active in distributing information to the students. There is a lot of potential & heart in this school. I believe you can also look up certified rankings of the school over the years and see just where it's at.