Front of Hernandez Elementary School

Just Around the Corner: Schools

One of the great perks of Lively Lane’s location is the proximity to a few local schools. Just under a mile away (a 16-minute walk / five-minute bike ride) is Maria Hernandez Elementary School; and, Doris Miller Middle School, is located just a little over a mile away, or a 24-minute walk / seven-minute bike ride, as highlighted on the following map.

Hernandez welcomes students ages, 5 to 11, kindergarten through 5th grade; and Miller welcomes students ages, 11 to 14, grades 6th through 8th. Both schools are part of the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD). Read on to learn a little more about the school district and its recent improvement projects.

SMCISD School System Highlights

The school district is home to 8,100 students and provides unique opportunities for students at all levels including…

  • Free breakfast and lunch to all students
  • Fully funded pre-K program
  • Dual language programs
  • S.A.T. exams provided for high school students
Map trailing path from Lively Lane to Hernandez Elementary and Miller Middle.

The district coined the term “small town feel, big time access” to sum up their dedication to educating the young minds of the San Marcos area.  In partnership with parents and the community, SMCISD’s mission is to provide a quality education to all students, empowering them to pursue productive and fulfilling lives.

2017 Existing School Improvements Construction Bond

Active members in the San Marcos community voted and approved a $107 million construction bond package due to SMCISD’s increasing enrollment in 2017. This comes with the intentions of creating equality across all district elementary schools and a desire for all students to have the same opportunities.

Some of the exciting improvements coming to schools in SMCISD include the following:

  • Library update for 21st century learning and renovations of provide small group/project-based learning spaces at Hernandez Elementary
  • Increased capacity of San Marcos High School to 2,700 students with the addition of Career and Tech Expansion and Renovations
  • New buses and addition of a transportation building for additional buses including site infrastructure and parking lots
Construction at Miller Middle School
Miller Middle improvements progress in early 2021
Photo taken by Lively Lane

To learn more about the details of the construction bond plan, visit the Construction Planning & Oversight page on the SMCISD website.

Recent Miller Construction Updates

As the highly anticipated improvements in SMCISD unfold, Miller Middle School is undergoing an extensive $19.6 million remodeling process that is expected to finish in August 2021. Community Impact Newspaper reported last November that all the projects listed in the bond plan are on track so far.

The scheduled work for Miller Middle School included interior remodeling, HVAC and building envelope improvements, as well as the addition of new offices, improvements to science labs, and a new orchestra room / band hall. For more details on these projects, visit the SMCISD website.

You can’t beat how close Lively Lane is to these great SMCISD schools! If you are interested in moving your family to our pocket neighborhood, give us a call and we can help you with a smooth transition to your future home.

Cover image of Hernandez Elementary taken by Lively Lane.