San Marino High School is an elite, public school located in San Marino, CA. It has 1,189 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 86% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
San Marino High School Rankings
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.41 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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San Marino High School Reviews
Rigorous and challenging educational experience, with everyone trying to be the best of the best, which can be both good and bad. The academics, college preparatory aspects, clubs, activities, sports are pretty exceptional there. However, there is a strong lack of diversity and culture, which can be hindering at times, especially if you want a worldly perspective when leaving high school.
San Marino High School is a great school, but it does have its downfalls. The amount of pressure to succeed and preform well at this school is huge. It can be overwhelming at times and can become detrimental to a certain extent; pushing for success is great but cracking under all the pressure is not uncommon. Also, the parents here tend to get over-involved at times. This happens in sports, extra circulars, and academics. If the parents do not like coaching decisions or certain grading scales they will voice their opinion until something changes (which can be good, but also very bad.) Additionally, the overall student body lacks compassion. San Marino is a very privileged school and community and we are not exposed to people on the other end of the spectrum which results in an air of ignorance among the students. Despite this, San Marino is a fantastic school and I am glad I received my high school education there. The teachers are phenomenal, the resources are unparalleled, and the drive to achieve greatness overall promotes healthy competition and results in successful students.
Most of the teachers want their students to learn the material, but they all realize that the students are heavily tutored, so some teachers will not put in their greatest effort to make sure they are teaching well. There are a few teachers who make themselves readily available and provide many resources such as before-school and after-school hours, review sessions, and extra practice materials. There are also those teachers that will make the class unreasonably difficult with extreme amounts of homework, unbelievably tricky and lengthy tests, and a merciless grading system.