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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,665 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.

San Mateo High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1260
382 responses
Average ACT
30
106 responses
AP Enrollment
31%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$115,167
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,301
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,007,200
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
1,665
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
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
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,154
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
$23,005/ 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 Reviews

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San Mateo High School is a very diverse school that tries to make all students feel welcomed and safe. Teachers and administrators are very caring and always do what is best for their students. Also, I love how spirited San Mateo is! Students participate during spirit week, wear orange and black on Friday's, and are engaged at rallies and other school events. Everyone encourages one another to do their best. There is so much support and resources offered to students. Overall, this is a great school!
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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!
I love my school! Overall the teachers I've had are very organized and teach in a straightforward way. SMHS encourages students to create their own opportunities and so far I have created my own club, hosted a fundraiser, and participated in student council. The only bad pat about our school is the sports teams.