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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Mills High School is a top rated, public school located in Millbrae, CA. It has 1,198 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 70% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
400 Murchison Dr.
Millbrae, CA 94030
Telephone
(650) 558-2599
Website

Mills High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
70%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1300
231 responses
Average ACT
30
77 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$98,533
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,936
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,037,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
96%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 111 responses
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  • Prom - good locations(Treasure Isl./Exploratorium)
    20%
  • Mills Mania - annual fundraiser with food & games
    19%
  • Ralleys
    18%
  • Basketball Quads
    14%
  • Club Faires - club fundraisers w/ yummy food
    14%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Powderpuff
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,198
Free or Reduced Lunch
14%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,897
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,260/ year
National
$12,239
77%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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Mills High School Reviews

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Mills is a great school with good academics and support from teachers and counselors. Many, but not all, of the teachers at Mills are passionate about what they teach and all of the counselors help students thrive in school and outside of school. Mills is also very safe and inclusive regardless of race, gender, or religion and, recently, has been encouraging students to be more proactive in voicing our opinions. Mills is also quite diverse. Though the majority has been Asians for a while, more African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students are attending Mills in the last couple of years. Sports, I personally don't know too much about, but I hear that it's supported by the school and are doing quite well in their respective divisions. Visual and performing arts, however, is not as emphasized as much as academics or sports so Mills may not be the school for someone who is more interested in the arts compared to San Mateo High School, for instance.
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Plenty of Mills students are academically driven, and the school has a team of staff and teacher who are able to match the drive for achievement of such students. However, some teachers are rumored to be "bad". Yet, it should be considered that the experience of a class very much depends on the amount of time the student spends on the class and the attitude towards the subject. Nonetheless, some teachers are more challenging than some others teaching the same subject at Mills.
Academically, Mills offers a large selection of AP classes for sophomores to seniors. But note that Mills has a relatively small language selection, with only Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, and Japanese, with the French curriculum discontinued years ago, and lacking Italian, and German.
Mills is also home to unique clubs such as the Diesel Fish (Dragonboat) and the Dragon-Dance team, among many other clubs such as BobaBots (robotics), Entrepreneurship, and Academic Decathlon Club.
Mills has a reputation of being extremely academically competitive - and it's true. There is a silent competitive tension among all students, each one striving to be the best. While there are a few truly caring and good teachers at Mills (Hi Ms. Peel!) most teachers and administrators give off the vibe that they couldn't care less whether you pass or fail. Counselors do virtually nothing except pretend to help students, and the overall culture at Mills is slowly deteriorating. Rallies and dances are getting more and more boring, and as each freshman class rolls in they lose the school spirit that kept Mills fun for so many years. Academically, Mills is challenging, but the community at Mills is less than subpar.