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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
San Marin High School is a highly rated, public school located in Novato, CA. It has 1,076 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% 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
67%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1170
118 responses
Average ACT
27
58 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    D
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$83,895
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,764
National
$949
Median Home Value
$625,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Homecoming Spirit Week
    31%
  • Playing cross town rivals Novato High in anything
    15%
  • All rallies
    13%
  • Boys vs. girls rallies are very fun
    13%
  • Canned Food Drive
    10%
  • Student vs teacher activities
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,076
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,014
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.9%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
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
70%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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I am proud to be a Mustang, and my overall experience at San Marin has been positive and memorable. We have an open campus with a quad in the center and lots of trees, and I have come to relish the fresh air between classes. We have a wide variety of AP class options, but one downside is the lack of honors classes. San Marin used to have honors English, but they got rid of it the year I came to the school as a freshman. The principle has received complaints, and I've heard that he's working to start Honors English back up again. Speaking of the principle, he started at San Marin this year (with lots of prior experience at different schools) and has proven to be hardworking and amiable. I am hopeful for the future of San Marin and its potential to thrive.
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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.
Very few teachers who activity tried to connect with students. Counselors would rarely listen to student input, often ignored when I said I planned to go to a Junior College. Many “advanced placement” classes involved doing next to nothing in class. No tailoring to specific student needs. Clique filled culture that no faculty tried to prevent. I sincerely hope some of this has changed in the last 5 years.