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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
San Marcos Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in San Marcos, CA. It has 21,007 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 36 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.

San Marcos Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1180
1,035 responses
Average ACT
26
408 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
21,007
Free or Reduced Lunch
36.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
36:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$133,683
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.4%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$12,924/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    30%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$76,619
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,585
National
$949
Median Home Value
$494,400
National
$184,700

San Marcos Unified School District Reviews

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Overall my experience in the San Marcos Unified School District has been good. It offers a variety of teachers from different backgrounds that can give insight on the subjects. Additionally, the teachers that I have had are mostly passionate about what they are teaching as well as offering help to students. The internet access that is given to communicate with teachers and other classmates have not caused many problems and have allowed me to advance in my learning. My school has not only reinforced academics, but emphasizes the importance of being involved in clubs, voicing one's opinion, and other significant topics surrounding our society. This includes promoting a cleaner environment, being kind to peers, and the positive effects of living a drug/alcohol free life. They also emphasize the importance in planning out one's future and offer help for those who need it in certain areas, such as finance.
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Aspects of San Marcos High School I liked were the overall environment and school setting. I liked the layout of the campus and how everything is structured and numbered. The renovations made to this school within the last 7 years have really transformed the school into an amazing place to spend school days and really enjoy the scenery, weather, and modern architecture that California has to offer. However, the school could be majorly improved in its faculty and staff. The past few principals have been amazing but some of the teachers, especially the ones with tenure, and AP staff need major improvement. Of course, there are some amazing people from each of those categories but there were some that were so horrible to withstand. Tenured teachers show a lack of care for their students and especially their ability to pass the class. The AP staff was the worst of it, a group of ladies much too arrogant and judgemental to be able to do their job and serve as role models to the students.
They truly do care about the students and their higher eduction. I was heavily involved in advanced placement classes and the teachers prepared us very well for our advanced placement test. In addition, the school offered recourses for after school tutoring, I would attend daily and I would finish my homework and projects with tutors. I was also able to get a job in the cafeteria my Senior year of High School, therefore I was involved with the kitchen and staff. Lastly, I was part of their color guard team and I learned the skill of working with others. Overall, this school was well rounded and provided students with resources to be involved.