San Mateo High School Reviews
Rating 4.07 out of 5 246 reviews
This school is great for people who are outgoing and talkative if your quiet and shy this school might not be for you.
San Mateo High is a great school if you want to do well academically but not fall under too much stress. However, the recent trend has been towards more competitive academics with administration having to curb the number of APs students can take each year. The faculty and students are very welcoming and accepting, fostering a sense of community—something I believe will never change about a school like San Mateo High.
San Mateo High is a great school with lots of people from different backgrounds.The teachers are amazing and provide the their students with lots of support. There are many ways to get involved in school activities for example there are over sixty clubs, sports, and musical theater opportunities.
School is disorganized in synchronized learning. Basically, teachers publish a bunch of resources online, vague lectures, penalize you for being late regardless of internet issues or help needed to understand instructions. I don't see how the school committee strives to help students to improve and learn besides giving you a bad score when this is already a 12-week period. One English teacher is like a philosopher and so be prepared to expect this to be a college Philosophy class where you are capable to analyze Sigmund Freud using syntax like a philosopher or Harvard student. They don't care what grade you get it's like none of their business, even though everyone knows the grades are crucial for college application. SMHS synchronized learning is here to fail students. No sympathy, no spirits.
My experience at San Mateo High School was amazing. The school not only had extremely passionate teachers and kind students but also a vibrant sense of community. As you walk down the halls, you notice the walls covered with posters. As you walk past the quad during lunch, you see smiling students singing, dancing, or playing games in the quad. The many school-wide events and plethora of extracurriculars like school clubs and sports gave me such a sense of belonging and allowed me to grow so much as a person.
At San Mateo, I realized there’s lots of elite standings. You’re either: a rich Foster City kid or you’re a poorer/average San Mateo kid. I think the teachers there are good at their jobs and the administration is okay. They tend to target the poorer, less of kids. Of course, not all of the administration is like this but I realized in my last year there that the admins choices were showing their prejudice and their inconsiderate targetting towards minority groups (sexist towards women and their dress attire, racist towards black & latinx kids, etc).
It's a good school, the people and teachers are nice, and you learn a lot. They also have a large variety of clubs and after school activities .
Having a lot of friends outside of San Mateo, I’ve heard a lot of them complain about the lack of diversity and inclusivity at their schools. At San Mateo, all students are celebrated and the student body is very diverse. Bearcats wear orange and black with pride.
In your mind, imagine the perfect high school. A beautiful campus, friendly people, amazing teachers, and countless opportunities for you to get involved. That is what San Mateo High School is like. At the beginning of my freshman year, I was completely new, as I had just moved to San Mateo. But, less than a week into the new school year, I had made really nice friends, and all my teachers were very supportive of my transition to the community and brand new school. My favorite way of describing SMHS is that I feel at home when I step onto campus every morning.
The school overall is good, but the new yondr policy (where you had to keep cell phone locked up) is very inconvenient, especially during emergencies. Dress code is very biased towards people who are "well-endowed".
Overall the school is very spirited and most teachers are good.
Overall the school is very spirited and most teachers are good.
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.
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!
I love it, there are so many great educational opportunities for me. The school itself is a really gorgeous building.
The first two years of high school were pretty good, but as the years went on, the administration started getting harsher and harsher, implementing a new tardy system and not even letting us use our phones during our brunch/lunch.
What I like about San Mateo High School is that the school is very diverse which everyone is gets a long and we have about 1670 students enrolled in 2019-2020. Our teachers and administrators cares for us students and our safety. Teachers make sure us students do not fall behind, but always try to help us get back on track. The clubs at school, students are involved and is another way how to interact with other students. Our school is the only school in our district that uses YONDR. YONDR is where us students put our phones in the pouch of the YONDR the whole school day. Most of the students dislike the idea of YONDR but honestly, YONDR helps us interact with others more instead interacting on electronic yet also for us students to be more focus more. The food in the cafeteria, we have all sorts like pizza, cheeseburgers, tuna/ham and cheese sandwich, salad, fruit salad, and we have different type of drinks, snacks and a vending machine.
The teachers and courses make this school great. My stay so far has opened my eyes and showed me many ways of learning and improving my skills.
From my 4 years at San Mateo High School, I can see that it is a very diverse school. There is many international clubs and during lunch every Friday we have performances from each club. The school is full of spirit. People wear black and orange every week. The rallies have a lot of hype. It is just a good school. One thing I would change is not having Yondr. It is a pouch where you lock away your phone for the whole day while you're at school. You can't even use your phone during lunch.