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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
216 responses
Average ACT
30
73 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A
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
0%
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
Average
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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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.
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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.
It's true Mills is very academic but it's so much more than that. Mills kids are respectful and take their studies seriously, but they also have fun together. The school has many clubs and sports to offer. While Mills kids are somewhat competitive they are also very supportive of each other. The teachers truly care about the kids' well being and passionate about what they teach. My daughter Is a bright kid and her teachers kept her engaged and challenged. AP bio is a hard subject for her but she loves it because Mr. Wang makes it interesting and relatable. He encourages his students to get involved in school, run for student council, partake in clubs and sports. At open house he reminded parents not to stress over their kids' grades on school loop as they fluctuate almost daily. Many teachers tutor after school and even provide nutritious snacks. My daughter graduates this year and knows without a doubt she will miss Mills.