A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Hillsdale High School is a highly rated, public school located in San Mateo, CA. It has 1,375 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
3115 Del Monte St.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Telephone
(650) 558-2699
Website

Hillsdale High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1250
167 responses
Average ACT
27
46 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Rally
    29%
  • Football Games
    20%
  • Prom
    15%
  • We have great school rallies!
    12%
  • Basketball games
    10%
  • Dodge ball games, senior night,
    7%
  • Any drama events
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,375
Free or Reduced Lunch
12%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,260/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.33 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.33 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.33 responses
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Hillsdale High School Reviews

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Hillsdale takes pride in being an all-inclusive school with small learning communities, or SLCs for short, to enforce that. I actually really enjoyed being in SLCs because I got to know my classmates and teachers in more depth. Additionally, Hillsdale encourages student voice; there have been many walk outs and protests that are not only supported by the teachers, but are also planned by them. As a senior, I am able to say that I was very prepared for college. All the teachers and counselors work hard to answer any questions, help with college applications, and letter of recommendations. While most things at Hillsdale are good, it's not perfect. There are many facilities that don't work and still haven't been fixed since I came. Multiple soap dispensers, sinks, bathroom locks, etc don't function properly and despite many students' complaining, they still do not work. Many problems are small, but daily occurrences that you wouldn't notice until you have attended Hillsdale for a while.
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Something I love about Hillsdale High is it is a very welcoming community through the aspect of "Houses". Yes, it's very much like Harry Potter, minus the magic. Hillsdale has its own magic through the House system. It's known as small learning communities and it's an effective way to transition from middle school to high school because you're in your lower class "house" for two years to help you adjust and in your upper class "house" for the rest of the two years. You have core classes with a certain rotation of teachers and with people in your house, but your classmates in electives can vary from different houses, thus, allowing one to meet new people.
When I first came to Hillsdale I was terrified of the school and I was so scared to make friends. Thanks to the house system, I really got to know the other students in my house and make friends really fast, as well as get to know my teachers so they could help personalize my learning to me. I'm having a great time and I'm so glad I can graduate from there!