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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
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
San Mateo High School is a top rated, public school located in San Mateo, CA. It has 1,615 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.
Address
506 N. Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Telephone
(650) 558-2399
Website

San Mateo High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1240
277 responses
Average ACT
30
91 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
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
87%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Little big game and rallys
    24%
  • Mateo Motion
    15%
  • Spirit
    12%
  • Musicals
    11%
  • Basketball Quads
    11%
  • Leadership Events
    7%
  • Homecoming
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,615
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,897
Teachers in First/Second Year
15.2%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.35 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.35 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.35 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,260/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.35 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.35 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.35 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!
My experience as a student at San Mateo High School was great! I went here all four years and I wouldn't transfer to any other high school if I could. I believe San Mateo High is the best high school out of the SMUHD district, and I'm not just saying that because I am a student there, because our students are the most spirited out of the whole district and show their passion for San Mateo not only on campus but off campus as well. The teachers and faculty work very hard in order to make San Mateo a fun and friendly learning enviorment.