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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  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
    B+
San Mateo High School is a top rated, public school located in San Mateo, CA. It has 1,670 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.
Address
506 N Delaware St
San Mateo, CA 94401
Telephone
(650) 558-2399
Website
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San Mateo High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
42%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1260
342 responses
Average ACT
30
100 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$103,399
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,041
National
$949
Median Home Value
$921,700
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.24 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.24 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Little big game and rallys
    23%
  • Mateo Motion
    15%
  • Spirit
    12%
  • Musicals
    11%
  • Basketball Quads
    10%
  • Leadership Events
    7%
  • Homecoming
    7%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,670
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$95,644
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.2%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 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
$20,904/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.36 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.36 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.36 responses
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San Mateo High School is an amazing high school. It has an incredible wealth of AP courses, art classes, and everything in between. San Mateo has an amazing Biotech program (the only such program in the entire district) which gives all students the chance to learn lab and biotech techniques. The spirit of San Mateo is great, San Mateo is extremely diverse, and teachers for most courses are excellent. In addition, San Mateo also has the only true marching band in the entire district, which competes across the Peninsula in Antioch, Cupertino, Santa Cruz, etc. I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. Go Bearcats!
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This school is amazing. We have the best spirit in the whole district, the most caring teachers, and the most fun school events, in and out of school. I can surely attest, as I myself am very active at school. Every grade here has activities to look forward to, but in my opinion, there is no better place to be a freshman. I shadowed at Hillsdale and at San Mateo before choosing San Mateo. I got the biggest welcome from SMHS, and throughout the whole school year, too. Everyone I know who chose Aragon or Hillsdale wish they came here because the spirit just doesn't compare. Who else gets games and good music at lunch in the quad every Friday? No one. Also, as a senior, I am getting so much help from the amazing counselors and the English teachers with college essays and admissions. You will be much happier attending SMHS than any of the other neighboring high schools. Everyone says so!
San Mateo High School has beautiful builings, an amaizing football field, gyms, academics, an English Learning program for forest students and a great leadearship program. I started as a English Learning student and thanks to all the incredible teachers and support I moved to all regular classes with fluent speakers, they helped me during my years there. I always felt supported in SMHS, the students were so kind the spirit you feel when you walk those doors is overwhelming. However one of the things that I would change about San Mateo is how the administration works, some of the people would do everything to help their students but there's other people that works in administration that aren't like that they try to control they students in not a healthy way because they want to make the school a better place.