School Details

Samuel Clemens High School

1001 Elbel Road, Schertz, TX 78154
(210) 945-6100
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2207 students 16 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Samuel Clemens High School is a public high school in Schertz. The principal of Samuel Clemens High School is MELISSA SOSA, who can be contacted at msosa@scuc.txed.net. 2,207 students attend Samuel Clemens High School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 2% of the Samuel Clemens High School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 2,207 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 24% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Samuel Clemens High School is 16:1. Allison Steele Enhanced Learning C is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 43%
Hispanic 37% 38%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 28%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%
Economically disadvantaged 21% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    As someone who is about to start my senior year at this school I can tell you a lot about it. I have gone to this school since my freshman year and I have loved every second. I've made many friends from both Schertz and from other countries from going to this school. We had 4 foreign exchange students this year! That's awesome! They have so many programs and clubs to join too. I myself have been in band all three years I've been here and the HOSA(health occupations students of America) club. We also have AP IB and dual credit programs. Because of this school I will be graduating with two extra credits. We also started a radiology course for seniors this year which will allow students who take the course to take the radiology test and become certified radiology techs straight out of high school. We're only the second high school to do that in the state! We may not be the best high school in the country but I would highly recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you do not have high expectations for you child during their high school years then this is the school for you! Incompetant unorganized teachers and administration who do not care and have told the kids to teach themselves because they do not care. The teachers cuss let them text eat in class and basically do whatever. Thank god my child will not be in this school next year. Good riddance!

  • (1 year ago)

    We specifically chose this school district when moving to San Antonio an could not be happier. The school offers great education programs for the kids Culinary FFA Sports programs Computer Sciences IB and AP programs with a large percentage of students moving onto college programs after graduation. Best decision we ever made. This included limiting our home buying to keep our kids at Clemens. My oldest graduated in 2012 my middle will graduate this year (2014) and my daughter next year (2015). All of the faculty have our children's education and safety as priority and the communication with teachers and staff is great. I had to fight schools in the past to get help when needed for my middle child.. It was awful. You can not wrong with the Clemens SCUCISD and our sister HS Steele.

  • (1 year ago)

    I completely agree with the parent that said the teachers are lazy and allow the kids to do anything. My daughter says they are allowed on their phones drink and eat in class. I saw a video one of her friends took in class and the teacher is waving at the camera as the kids do nothing. The admin are extremely rude to parents and talk down to kids and parents. My other children went to Steele and that school is a million times better and the principal is wonderful. I sure do miss that school and the strict way it is run.

  • (1 year ago)

    Having had two daughters graduate from Clemens I am looking forward to my son starting there this year! My oldest was able to graduate early with a Texas Scholars diploma. My younger daughter graduated with college credits under the dual credit program and started college as a SOPHOMORE and all I paid was a registration fee of $15! Saved us a bundle! The jr which feeds into this school offers high school classes really giving the kids a heads up and allowing them to pursue all the programs Clemens has to offer. You child can graduate HS with certificates as a Vet tech or pharmacy tech and be eligible to take the state certification with no other school right out of high school. They have a bunch of dual credit college classes too. The extra activities abound and every Friday night in the fall the stadium is full of students and parents enjoying the team spirit! THe band program is top rated and the camaraderie is amazing! My kids are still close with dozens of their friends from school. They were well prepared for college and the military. Parents are very welcome too!

  • (1 year ago)

    Clemens has deff changed since the reviews in 2005 we are still overcrowded but only in the hallways. The classes are usually 25 - 32 people in them. Also dress code and tardiness offenders are given detentions or phone calls to the parents. The administrators crack down hard on rules but love their children.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a great school! My kids love it here. The teachers are extremely dedicated to their students and don't mind staying after to help them. Clemens offers a wide variety of extra curricular opportunities with many of there clubs attending state meets. The only problem here is that Clemens is by far underfunded in a lot of their items. The district seems to like giving more of the new items to Steele High School but this doesn't detract from Clemens it detracts from the district.

  • (5 years ago)

    Extremely great school offers both IB and AP classes with excellent dedicated teachers. The school may look old but it is nice due to recent renovations on the whole school. Also the school has a great atmosphere everyone (for the most part) is extremely friendly.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Samuel Clemens for manay reasons. I am a Special Education teacher for special needs students. This is my second year at Clemens. I am sure that we are like many other schools but the family atmosphere really sets us apart. Not only amongst the staff the students can feel it too. I can't say I have a 'job' but I can say I love what I do and part of that reason is my co-workers the administration the cafeteria workers and the custodial department. Everyone takes good care of our needs in my classroom. And I appreciate it very much.

  • (6 years ago)

    We chose Clemens because of the IB program which is great. My kids are getting an excellent education. The IB teachers are very dedicated for the most part. The reason I didn't give the school 5 stars is because of lack of parent involvement.

  • (6 years ago)

    We love this school. This is my daughters second year attending and I am pleased with almost all her teachers. The schools drama teacher is somewhat of a hag but other than that the school is great.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school with a broad range of activities and academics. I have three kids that have attended and I am very happy with the educational opportunities.

  • (7 years ago)

    Good school but don't seem to have a good handle on discipline issues.

  • (7 years ago)

    Samuel Clemens HS is a great school and overcrowding is not an issue due to the opening of another HS in the district. Many things have changed since 2003 when many of these reviews were initially posted. The teachers are some of the best and they truly care about their students. Athletics are over emphasized at all Texas schools with winning traditions which Clemens normally has. Student to teacher ratio is great. Administration places a strong emphasis on discipline but are willing to work with parents and student that are having problems. The small town atmosphere is what makes it a great place to live actually. Are there better schools of course but Clemens is still exceptional IMO!

  • (9 years ago)

    Samuel Clemens is a wonderful high shcool full of diversity and cultural awareness. Its located in a great town with a wonderful community feel. They offer plenty of AP courses and a solid accidemic foundation for college bound kids in a safe inviornment.

  • (9 years ago)

    Clemens overall is great. Teachers give one-on-one help and my daughter has received a GREAT education from this school and this district. Our family does not care for the principal for he is extremely dishonest.

  • (10 years ago)

    It is a school that offers quite a bit for its students. Principal is a little quirky but he is nice. Only downfall is the small town atmosphere.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have child attending SC and am not very pleased with the program. Maybe the overcrowding is a factor. But I do know that my child is very frustrated with the experience. There are students who break the rules especially the dress code that are not disciplined while others appear to be singled out for every infration. There appears to be alot of favoritism in this district at all levels of education. I think that parent involvment is very low due to either personal circumstances and the feeling that the district does not care what the families have to say. I really wish I could afford to send my child to a private school for a better academic education.

  • (10 years ago)

    Samuel Clemens high school is not a very good high school in my opinion because it is my first year there and I have been offered illegal drinking and chemical substances. It is also not a very clean school with rats roaches etc. The students as well aren't clean by some of there habits. The school puts you through what is not reality that is subjected in the real world they give you the easy way out just to pass you along. The school is also very racist. If I had a choice of schools I would never put myself through this again because the people aren't real they are rude and if I had to go there for my last two years I wouldn't graduate cause I know that I don't have the skills I need in the real World to succeed in college. Clemens is not for prep-college.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is currently a student at SC and says she is not aware of any drug issues and has lettered in basketball in one year as a sophomore. We defintely see that there are some areas for improvement but overall we are satisfied with the academic focus of the school and the discipline as compared to some of the other schools in the area. Eligbility issues are common place in many schools. While I do agree that faculty and the administration could be more open to working with parents this would definitly encourage parent involvement.

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