Stone Valley Middle School Alamo Being a parent of adolescent children, I’m finally coming to grips with the notion that my boys are growing up. I wish there was a way to slow it down. However, with coming to this realization, it is also becoming evident to me that choosing a middle school for them should involve careful evaluation. For any parent going through the same experience as me, if you are in Alamo, than there are a plethora of good choices. As a realtor who specializes in Alamo properties, I often come into contact with people who are looking to list their home and move closer to their kids and grandkids who are living outside the bay area. With this transition, more-often- than-not the topic of raising kids in Alamo comes up, as does the quality of the town’s schools. In this conversation, Stone Valley Middle School (SVMS) is always mentioned favorably. SVMS is a public school with 656 students in grades 6-8. It is a National Blue Ribbon award-winning school located just east of Interstate 680 on Stone Valley Road. The school mandates a single teacher for every 24 students, which is fantastic for a multitude of reasons. With the low teacher/student ration; your child will have one “Core Teacher” with whom they will spend the majority of their school time – approximately half their day – and who’ll become very familiar with your child and with you as well. This type of interaction and relationship is vital to the learning experience especially for grades 6-8. The staff, as I understand it, is highly dedicated and professional by demeanor, but extremely lighthearted and welcoming to every parent who contacts them. The campus was built in 1950 and has the charm of an older building, but it is also very clean considering pre-teens populate the building. The overall consensus about SVMS is that it is a wonderful place for your child to spend their adolescent years. It is safe, nurturing, and that important, personal relationship with your child’s teacher is the icing on the cake.