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Old 09-19-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Austin Metro
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We are looking to relocate to the area south of Austin. I've checked into the regular places (greatschools, schoolmatters) and know all about the TAKS scores at the schools. I'm looking for more inside information, particularly about the public middle and high schools there. Wimberley and DS rank higher in testing but also have a less diverse population. Do San Marcos and Hays have the same offerings than the other two? Are their TAKS scores lower because of non-native English speakers? Are there more problems (bullying, drugs, etc.) at one school over another? Any insight would be much appreciated!

Also, I'm planning to work at Texas State in San Marcos. How's the drive on the back roads?
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Old 10-21-2010, 02:53 PM
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I would say the test scores are directly related to the demographics are lack of diversity in Wimberley and DS. I went to Wimberley schools all the way through and had friends in all of the schools you mentioned. Wimberley is big in Athletics football and volleyball kids arent bullyied but are social outcasts if they dont play football at least. They also have a good theater program so even if there an outcast they can hang out with the theater crowd. DS and Hays are simular to Wimberley but so close to Austin. They probably dont have the huge social clicks. San Marcos isnt really big in athletics and has a much higher precentage of english as a second language students. This is probably why their test scores are lower; however, the smartest kid I ever knew went there and went to college on academic scholorship. If I were you I would send your kids to DS or Hays way before SM. The drive from any of them isnt bad DS might be 35minutes and further than any of the others.
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Austin Metro
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Thanks for the insight! Much appreciated!
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