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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
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Hillsdale High School is a top rated, public school located in San Mateo, CA. It has 1,569 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 74% in reading.

Hillsdale High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
74%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1260
293 responses
Average ACT
27
68 responses
AP Enrollment
28%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$124,842
National
$62,843
Median Rent
$2,475
National
$1,062
Median Home Value
$1,098,400
National
$217,500

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 54 responses
  • Rally
    22%
  • Football Games
    19%
  • Prom
    15%
  • We have great school rallies!
    11%
  • Basketball games
    9%
  • Dodge ball games, senior night,
    7%
  • Any drama events
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,569
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,154
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.3%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$23,005/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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Hillsdale High School Reviews

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This school is a super spirited, positive, and welcoming community environment. The administration, staff, teachers, and students are supportive and work to build stronger connections & education! This school really cares about it's students and has amazing opportunities! There are many athletics, extracurriculars, and activities students are involved in which help them strive in their academics, team work, and overall self development/growth. With small learning communities, students have lots of attention & assistance on their overall academic experience. Hillsdale is super spirited with lots of rallies, dances, outside community events, and so much more! This place really cares about its students and cares so much that the community becomes such a tight knit community. The campus is also beautiful as it is outdoor with lots of grass and nature. There's lots of parking available and street parking, along the street there's also the Hillsdale mall & the Laurelwood Shopping Center
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Great, great, great teachers! All super compassionate and genuinely want the kids to learn. Also great role models for students and always there for them if they need assistance non-academically. Students-wise it's pretty cliquey. The smaller learning community system results in a polarized community in every class.
Hillsdale is unique in the way that it has small learning communities where students are divided into houses based on the classes they’re enrolled in. This system emphasizes culture (and virtues) and community and the Cusco house that I’m currently in is a great example, Cusco house teachers serve as role models to students-they act with integrity, the sense of community, and love or care.

Talking about unique, Hillsdale’s one-of-a-kind graduation requirement is perhaps the most unique character of the school. Hillsdale has this Capstone project (similar to Colleges’ Senior thesis) in addition to its academic requirements. Many people dislike this system and transferred to other high schools while others value this opportunity to make a small difference, but be it favorable or undesirable, those who managed to pass the defense will be ready for college and are ahead of the game.