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  1. Academics
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  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
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  9. Food
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  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
San Marcos High School is a highly rated, public school located in San Marcos, CA. It has 3,243 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.

San Marcos High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1200
538 responses
Average ACT
28
225 responses
AP Enrollment
30%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$70,417
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,446
National
$949
Median Home Value
$455,700
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 116 responses
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  • Chik-Fil-A Challenge against our rival high school
    21%
  • Knight Regiment Marching Band
    17%
  • Spirit days
    12%
  • The Empty Bowl Project
    11%
  • Chalk Fest/Arts on the Green
    9%
  • Foot ball games
    9%
  • Foot ball games are always the most popular & fun!
    8%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,243
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$78,903
Teachers in First/Second Year
32.6%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.70 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.70 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.70 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$12,060/ year
National
$12,239
89%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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San Marcos High School is in need of improvement fast! While there are many good quality teachers that care, the administration does not take the students' needs into account. Class sizes used to average about 32 students. The current class population is around 3,400 students. The administration is stuffing the classes with 45+ students per class and if they do not make this mark, they will cut the class entirely. A teacher with 95 enrollments was forced to only teach two sections and cut 5-6 students from the roster to have two overflowing classes. The school also offers grade inflation as an incentive for 11th grade CAASP testing scores to improve their low averages.
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not a horrible school but I would not say I am completely happy there.the school population keeps growing.in the hallways it takes two minutes just to turn a corner cause floods of people are pushing and trying to get through.each class there is around 42 kids.My first yr I had the worst teacher ever! ppl called the principle, counselors, even had meetings with them about how everyone was failing that class and they did nothing.the school is just too big.They sent some supervisors to watch this teacher in class because of all the complaints but nothing came out of it.a lot of kids failed! In French, the teacher did not show up for over three months.They had subs every day, made no effort to teach the us and sat there on their phones.Most kids are nice but there are some really rude people I’ve met, typical public highschool at this size.There have been fist fights too! I’m looking at other schools, a lot of ppl ik have transferred after 10th grade because the teachers and staff.
My school does a good job of accommodating and allowing equal opportunities for students. They offer free test prep for the SAT and ACT, tutoring year-round, and a College & Career Center that informs students about and offers help with the college application process, as well as jobs that students can apply for. There’s a wide variety of clubs and electives, so you’ll likely find one you like. The school does a good job of accommodating freshmen. They also have many activities and opportunities specifically for seniors, both educational and recreational. Counselors are easily accessible to the students. Class size is increasing slowly but surely over time (currently around 40 students/class), which can be challenging. Overall, it’s a good school with many opportunities for students to make the most of their time there, and prepare for the future.