Don't take our word for it that the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District is a jewel amongst other districts around the state of Texas. Let the district's alumni, current students, parents, and community leaders tell you about it in their words.
"Our church has adopted the Irene K Elementary School. As part of that commitment, I volunteer regularly there. My time on campus is always a weekly highlight. The staff, teachers and students are extremely friendly and courteous. And my regular time with my 4th grade mentee is fun and very special. Mendez rocks!"
Elder & Mendez Volunteer, First Presbyterian Church
"I value the personal attention I received at San Marcos schools, which I attended from first grade through high school graduation. The teachers and administrators knew us as individuals and knew our goals and helped us succeed. In my position with the County I'm required to know federal, state and local laws surrounding elections and voter registration and that requires frequent continuing education classes and certifications. My education at San Marcos schools gave me the love of learning that drives me to want to take those classes so that I can do the best job possible."
Elections Administrator and Voter Registrar for Hays County
"We have been 100% happy with SMCISD since our first child started Kindergarten seven years ago. Not only do our schools employ exceptional teachers, but we feel the entire staff takes the individual needs of each child to heart while ensuring they reach their maximum academic potential. We are truly amazed at the myriad of opportunities available to the children to participate in extra-curricular programs and activities which support their individual needs and interests. San Marcos is an incredible town with a dynamic University support system that allows our children to grow and thrive in this community. We feel truly blessed to have witnessed and to have been a part of the positive changes that the district has enjoyed over the past few years... and we are excited about what the future holds."
Monte& Kristin Sheffield
Fallon - 6th grade, Goodnight Middle School
London - 4th grade, Travis Elementary
Lawson - 1st grade, Travis Elementary
"I attended SMCISD from first through twelfth grade and had many positive experiences that helped prepare me for college and the workplace. The quality of teachers stands out – they were ready, willing and eager to help any student struggling with a course as well as give words of encouragement that empowered the student to try harder, do better and succeed. Both of my children, now Baylor grads, experienced the same high quality of education.
As a County Commissioner, I’m expected to be familiar with a variety of topics that face the County. On any given day I will discuss road projects with engineers and finances with taxpayers, Commissioners Court members and financial specialists. I might meet with business and housing developers, persons who are concerned about our dwindling water resources and constituents who are seeking infrastructure improvements to their neighborhoods. I love the variety and my education at San Marcos schools helped me develop my interest in solving problems and the ability to enjoy and cope with an ever-changing agenda."
Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe
Hays County Precinct 1 Commissioner
"Born in San Marcos, I was educated in the SMCISD from first grade at Crockett Elementary through my graduation in 1981 from San Marcos High School. Along the way, I encountered many wonderful, dedicated teachers who taught, supported, and encouraged me, giving me the tools I needed to succeed. Among my best classroom memories are of days spent in the journalism room at the high school, where I worked on the award-winning Rattler newspaper. There, under the tutelage of Ray Westbrook and others, I developed the love for writing and the skills in reporting and editing that paved the way for my career as an educator and public relations professional.
I believe I learned as much about journalism in four years at San Marcos High School as I ever learned while majoring in that subject at Baylor--and that's not a knock on my college experience, but a credit to the strength of the SMHS program at that time! I also remember with fondness and appreciation the English teachers I had along the way, especially in high school, who drilled me in grammar, gifted me with a love for reading, and mentored me while I served my senior year as a departmental aide. My other college major? English literature, of course, for which I was incredibly well prepared by my high school teachers and which remains a subject I continue to love and study. I will always appreciate those in the SMCISD who not only educated me, but also inspired me, built my self-confidence, and instilled in me a life-long love for learning."
Communications Director, San Marcos Academy
"My son has had to work harder than most children to try to succeed with his education. He has had a learning disability since the 2nd grade. He used his disability as an excuse to doubt himself. This struggle with lack of self esteem has been a huge battle throughout his school career, until now.
This year, his senior year, is the most important year in his school career. Since attending San Marcos High School, he has totally transformed. I contribute that to the teachers and mentors he has been blessed with. His mentor has been a God send. She has supported my son in his studies and more importantly within himself. He is a true believer in himself now. He is his own advocate. He gives 150% in everything he does. He has felt comfortable with his teachers. They all have pushed him beyond his limits because they believe he can succeed.
Everyone that has been involved with my son has taught him something above and beyond what he could ever get from a text book and that is to believe in himself and to believe in who he is. They also taught him to believe in who he wants to be and to never give up.
I will always be grateful to the teachers and mentors with the San Marcos School District for helping me mold my son into the strong, proud and successful student that he is today. The lessons he learned will be with him forever."
Crescent Dental, Public Relations
"I owe a great debt of gratitude to my teachers and administrators in the district who gave me such a good start. I was third in my class at SMHS and moved rather seamlessly into my college studies, eventually graduating magna cum laude and completing 30 graduate hours as well. My interest in journalism can be directly traced to my experiences at SMHS . . . we had the number one newspaper in the state (5-A UIL) one year and were in the top five every other year . . . the San Marcos Record hired me the summer I graduated from SMHS to write for them because they had printed our papers and knew I had the skills--skills I developed at the high school! I was also able to get a student job at Baylor writing for the alumni magazine because of all the clippings I had from high school and from the SMDR. I wish the journalism department was as strong then as it is now, but at least it set me on my way."
Shelley Henry, Class of 1981