School Details

Smithson Valley Middle School

1404 Ih 35 N, New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 885-1200
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 985 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

92%
84%
71%
94%
84%
74%
92%
84%
71%

TX00194

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  • This school in 2013
  • Comal Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
88%
77%
95%
84%
71%
94%
88%
77%
92%
83%
70%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Comal Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
92%
84%
87%
83%
77%
95%
92%
84%
94%
91%
75%
89%
83%
63%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Comal Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
92%
78%

TX00194

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Comal Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Smithson Valley Middle School is a public middle school. The principal of Smithson Valley Middle School is MICHAEL KERANEN, whose e-mail is michael.keranen@comalisd.org. 985 children attend Smithson Valley Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Smithson Valley Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 27% of the 985 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 13% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Smithson Valley Middle School is 16:1. Spring Branch Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 56%
Hispanic 34% 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Asian 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.07%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 31%
Limited English proficiency 1% 5%
Economically disadvantaged 27% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Do not pick up your child after school unless absolutely necessary. Traffic is a nightmare takes forever to leave the school due to paranoid parents who don't let their kids ride the bus. There's no gangs here let them ride the bus home.

  • (1 year ago)

    SVMS is amazing! This is the last year my child will attend as they are moving on to High School. We have been blessed to live where we do. The teachers care for the students and really go the extra mile to assure they are successful and prepared for the future.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the 1st year for my children to attend SVMS and they love it! Staff and students have gone out of their way to make them feel comfortable.

  • (5 years ago)

    SMVS is an excellent school with wonderful teachers that really set the students up to be successful in their academic endeavors.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think smithson valley middle school is amazing! There are ahead of every school i know of. There teachers care about there students. There Athletics program is also top notch!

  • (6 years ago)

    SVMS is a great school. Myh kids also attended Spring Branch last year and I was very worried on how the kids would adjust and how the school staff would be compared to SBMS. We moved into the area because of the school ratings and choose to live in the SBMS district because of the high marks the school had. Because of the district change the kids now attend SVMS and I could not be happier. I have not met 1 member of the staff that has not gone out of their way for the children or the 'hand on' parent that I tend to be. On a scale of 1 - 10 I would give SVMS a 15. I can only hope the high school is half as good.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son just moved from Spring Branch Middle school to Smithson Valley Middle School due to district line changes. We were first very concerned but this school has made some significant changes. The Principal and his staff are excellent and run a very tight ship. They work hard to teach the kids to respect themselves and the school and be 'the best and the brightest'. Even though the school did not make a recognized rating this year the overall performance was best of any middle school in the district. You have to read the details behind the TAKS test to see this. The ratings can change with only 2 or 3 students not performing. If you are moving into the area do your research. I think you will find the same as we have this school is excellent and only getting better!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter did very well at this school because of the teachers and excellent support staff. SBMS is an awesome school for our kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school goes the extra mile to help our son with his difficulty in math and reading. Teachers frequently volunteer to tutor him after school hours when I know they could choose to say nothing. It's obvious that they care we are so happy that our son has attended this school. Highly recommend! Principals know our son on a first name basis... and it's not because he's in trouble... it's because they care!

  • (7 years ago)

    iSmithson Valley MS is my first public school and it is by far one of the best public schools i have ever seen. the teachers make learning fun and the students are very social. the mood is just so relaxed.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has been in several different schools public and private in the last few years. This is the only school that he has ever done well at. The leadership of Mr. Fuller is the best I have seen yet the teachers care and are down to earth. I give this school five stars!

  • (7 years ago)

    SVMS has made amazing progress in the last year. As a parent I am thrilled with the principal and the teaching staff. The school has a wonderful academic environment. It is a safe school that our kids enjoying being a part of. I was shocked at the low rating. But as I said it has come a long way in the last year. We are very happy to be a part of the Smithson Valley Middle School family.

  • (10 years ago)

    They treat the kids like incompetent idiots and give them the answers to everything. That is not teaching it is enabling. The teachers pass the kids even if they do not deserve to pass. The teachers are afraid to teach and kids fail high school. It was a terrible waste of my child's capable intelligence to send her to svms. Kindergarten was more educational.

  • (11 years ago)

    With the exception of a few teachers at Smithson Valley Middle the rest should be in another profession. I too am lucky that the child I have left at this school is not in need of any extra help. Drugs are everywhere and the sherrifs dept is the answer to all disciplinary action. The kids in this area will tell you this Smithson Valley Middle and the high school has a major epedemic on its hands. Couple that with poor teacher attitudes and you have what you have.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am very fortunate to have a child in this school that really doesn't need the teachers help on understanding and learning I am very dissatisfied with how teachers are teaching these days they do not care about 'Going the Extra Mile' to make sure a student is successful now it is more of a 'Chore' to teach our children and once that bell rings after school forget about teachers they could care less if the student understood the lesson they out their time in for the day and that is all that matters. The little extra help that teachers used to give has now gone by the wayside and that is why our kids are not excelling they feel stupid for not understanding and the teachers make them feel that way!

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