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Smithson Valley High School8

Spring Branch, TX | Comal County

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 3, 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 1, 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 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 2, 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

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

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