Sycamore Springs Middle School

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  • Principal

    Dan Diehl


    14451 Sawyer Ranch Rd.
    Austin, TX 78737

    Mailing Address

    P.O. Box 479
    Dripping Springs, TX 78620


    Ph: 512.858.3600
    Ph: 512.465.6136
    Fx: 512.858.3699

    Office Hours

    8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    School Hours

    9:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

  • Overview

    The opening of Sycamore Springs Middle School marks the first time in district history that students will be attending two different middle schools in DSISD. Located on Sawyer Ranch Road just north of the Highpointe neighborhood, SSMS opened in the Fall of 2017. Initially, it is designed for 850 students, but has the potential to expand to 1,200 students with an additional wing. While SSMS operates separately from Sycamore Springs Elementary, the two schools are connected in order to gain efficiency in areas such as the shared kitchen, to reduce the overall footprint of the structure, and to allow for collaborative opportunities between the two schools.

    Our Vision

    Inspiring innovation through exploration and discovery.

    Our Mission

    We ensure our learners grow their unique talents through future-ready experiences that inspire collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, resilience, and compassion. We foster an enduring, intellectual curiosity that empowers learners to understand and postively impact their local and global communities.



    • We believe creative autonomy intrinsically motivates children to learn from failure, to build on success, and to discover their own unique talents and passions. (1)
    • We believe guiding and fostering critical thinking skills for all learners allows them to positively contribute to society and adapt to their ever-changing environments. (2)
    • We believe it is the collective responsibility of the staff, the student, the family and the community to create a safe, compassionate and diverse environment in order to cultivate, celebrate and foster the strengths and differences of each learner. (3)



    • We are committed to providing authentic future-ready and purposeful, life-worthy learning experiences. (1)
    • We are committed to building genuine relationships that support a diverse community of acceptance, respect, integrity, accountability, kindness and compassion. (1, 2)
    • We are committed to entrusting the staff, the family, and the community as collaborators and innovators to support students on their path towards personal excellence. (2)

    We are committed to modeling life-long learning by valuing and encouraging unique independent thinking, risk-taking, creativity and determination. (3)