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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Ernest Righetti High School is an above average, public school located in Santa Maria, CA. It has 2,301 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
941 E. Foster Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
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Ernest Righetti High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1120
243 responses
Average ACT
24
79 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$88,218
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,654
National
$949
Median Home Value
$392,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
71%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.35 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.35 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 142 responses
Report
  • Rally, & the drumline play at every football event
    18%
  • Homecoming Football game
    15%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Club day
    12%
  • Prom
    11%
  • Basketball games
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,301
Free or Reduced Lunch
58%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$92,159
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.8%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,580/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.65 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.65 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.65 responses
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What I liked most was the vibrant atmosphere filled with diversity. We had many students from many different backgrounds. Another aspect that I like was the amount of AP and honors classes that were available. I was able to leave high school with credit that propelled me into my college experience and give me the opportunity to graduate in three years instead of four! What I disliked the most about my high school was the lack of available club opportunities that were directed to what I was interested in. There were many clubs that were there to help individuals with certain circumstances, but I would have loved to of seen clubs directed towards reading or the creative arts to expand on my love for activities outside of the classroom.
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Righetti High School has been a great experience for me personally! I believe the reason for that though is because Righetti provides a lot of different clubs, sports, and extracurriculars for students to be a part of. The best way to make your high school experience at Righetti a great one is by being very involved in a numerous amount of activities the school offers. I can see how ones personal experience may differ from my own when one does not take advantage of all the programs on campus. It could be a very boring four years with only classes and just going to school everyday. The teachers are adequate, they do their job and do it well, most of the time. The student body lacks in school spirit when it does not involve the football team. The school is a very safe place to get an education and students aren't left fearing coming to school day. All in all Righetti is a great place to attend school as long as you make the most out of all the awesome programs.
Ernest Righetti is truly an amazing school. It fosters all different kinds of students with a variety of interests and hobbies. Due to its larger size, there is something for everyone there. The teachers there also are very involved in students' lives. They make an effort and make time to help students individually. For those that are interested in sports, Righetti has a wide variety of varsity sports. There are plenty of resources for athletes and many students have been recruited or offered full-rides for their athletic achievements. One thing I believe could be slightly improved on is the number of counselors. Each class has two counselors. The class of 2021 has 500+ students. I think with this ratio it can be challenging for counselors to have meaningful meetings with students. If a student wants to meet with their counselor it can take multiple days to get into contact with them sometimes. However, I do think that the counselors are doing a great job with the given circumstances.