A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
San Marin High School is a highly rated, public school located in Novato, CA. It has 1,020 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 63% in reading.
Address
15 San Marin Dr.
Novato, CA 94945
Telephone
(415) 898-2121
Website

San Marin High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
63%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
106 responses
Average ACT
27
51 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Homecoming Spirit Week
    31%
  • Playing cross town rivals Novato High in anything
    17%
  • Boys vs. girls rallies are very fun
    14%
  • All rallies
    11%
  • Canned Food Drive
    11%
  • Student vs teacher activities
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,020
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.15 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.15 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.15 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.9%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 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
$10,035/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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San Marin High School Reviews

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San Marin High School offers a large selection of classes to fit every student’s interests. From STEM, BioTechnology, and an award winning musical department, SMHS has something for everyone. A few changes that I would like to see implemented are better and more lockers. I say this because there are not enough lockers for seniors (it is assumed seniors will use their car), also, the lockers are very small. The other change would be have a full cafeteria rather than students wanting or needing to leave campus.
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All of the teachers are nice and seem to genuinely care about the students. The campus is generally clean and has many beautiful plants all throughout it. The staff is extremely sweet and understanding and though the food isn't great, we are allowed to leave campus and walk a very short distance to a plaza-like area, if we feel the need to. The school cares about students who are falling behind, and the counselors are great at doing their job. Overall, it was nice spending the last four years in San Marin.
The campus is absolutely beautiful and open! The science department is one of the best departments there with many programs such as STEM and biotechnology. The teachers are usually helpful when it comes to your schoolwork as well as your personal life. The campus usually remains fairly clean. I would like to see more enthusiastic teachers who actually seem to enjoy their jobs more.