A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A+
Address
506 N. Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Telephone
(650) 558-2399
Website

San Mateo High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
69%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1230
162 responses
Average ACT
29
56 responses
AP Enrollment
31%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.17 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Little big game and rallys
    28%
  • Mateo Motion
    18%
  • Spirit
    14%
  • Musicals
    12%
  • Basketball Quads
    9%
  • Leadership Events
    8%
  • Track Invitational
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,555
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.2%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.29 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.29 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.29 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$19,260/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses

San Mateo High School Reviews

176 reviews
All Categories
San Mateo High School is truly a gem! From its excellent academics and challenging classes (Most AP Classes in the district, National Merit Scholars every year, kids getting into top colleges like Harvard, Stanford , MIT etc.), to its incredible performing arts, biotech and leadership programs, to the huge number of clubs on campus from Mock Trial to Model UN to JSA to Jefferson Awards Club, San Mateo has something to offer to every student. The incredible spirit and inclusive atmosphere at San Mateo was a huge deciding factor in addition to the advanced math, history, writing, music and performing arts classes she wanted. SMHS is a safe campus where diversity is celebrated. It is a completely safe campus with excellent, challenging academics and that is precisely why I am thriving at San Mateo!
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San Mateo high is fun! So much spirt and great people. During my high school experience I did a lot of fun school related activity. Quads, little big games, formal, homecoming, even prom. It's just a great school over all and I'm thankful I went there. I actually almost went to hillsdale high school, that would have been all bad.
San Mateo High School is no doubt one of the most diverse high school in the United Stages. The multi-cultural atmosphere and tolerance are the two most important and valuable characteristics of SMHS. With a great amount of ELD students, the school gives them so many opportunities and resources to learn. But one thing SMHS could have improved is that, the school should try to let those students who came from foreign country more blended into the school with other native English speakers instead of having "shelter classes" to accommodate those ELDstudents. SMHS is a great place where I found love and happiness in every corner of the campus, but the school would be even better I'd it's less segregated. Additionally, SMHS has really nice Art and Biotech programs, our bio-tech room is filled with advanced facilities, and our brand new art building gives art students a good mood to turn their creativities into art.