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
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
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.
Address
2701 Hntngtn Dr.
San Marino, CA 91108
Telephone
(626) 299-7020
Website

San Marino High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
86%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1340
242 responses
Average ACT
31
115 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 53 responses
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  • Homecoming
    26%
  • Prom
    17%
  • Football games
    15%
  • Gradnight
    15%
  • Basketball Games
    9%
  • Winter formal
    8%
  • Java House (open-mic night)
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,189
Free or Reduced Lunch
4%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.3%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.41 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.41 responses
83%
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
$13,024/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.42 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 responses
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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.
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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.