B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
901 S. Brd.Way
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone
(805) 925-2567
Website

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
30%
Percent Proficient - Math
19%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1020
106 responses
Average ACT
21
46 responses
AP Enrollment
13%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 80 responses
Report
  • School rallies and club rush
    26%
  • Winter/Spring Fair
    18%
  • My favorite school event is career fair.
    13%
  • Saints Variety Show
    11%
  • My favorite school event is the college fair.
    11%
  • Night Rallies
    9%
  • Homecoming
    8%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,569
Free or Reduced Lunch
78%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.5%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,967/ year
National
$11,890
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses

Santa Maria High School Reviews

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Overall, instructors at Santa Maria High School are hardworking and extremely devoted to teaching. They are passionate about the knowledge they pass down to students. Our school is not ethnically diverse, more than 80% of the student body is Mexican, the school itself ranks low because a significant amount of these students only speak Spanish, or are English learners. The amount of work and attention they put on us, the students demonstrates they truly do care about our well being and future. In addition, some instructors spend more time with students and at school rather than going home because they want to make sure we understand what seems to be that tedious math problem, or motivating students to look beyond their limits to successfully pass an AP class. These teachers are there for everyone and anyone who needs their help. Not only during lunch, they are there from half an hour before class starts, until late in the evening, even night time. Their amount of dedication is indescribable! Most of these teachers teach in different ways, they acknowledge the fact that students have different ways of learning; therefore they apply activities that interact with their learning modalities. The grading process is fair and justified. They grade on the performance of the student and based on the syllabus/ contract students sign in the beginning of the year. In Santa Maria High School teachers are more than great, they are awesome, they are the superheroes that do not wear capes.
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I attended SMHS for my last 2 years of high school & it was (mainly) a good experience. Most of my teachers were supportive to their students & they were efficient at their jobs. I felt right at home among my peers as a vast majority of us came from similar cultural backgrounds. However, there was hardly any diversity (most students were Hispanic/Latino). When it came to their resources, SMHS would receive a "decent" rating (definitely not as high as some of the other high schools in the district would receive). The bathrooms were absolute trash, but the school itself wasn't to blame for that (the students were disgustingly messy). The administration was horrid--plain & simple. It often seemed as if their main goal was to deliberately upset everyone (which is exactly what they did--from students to teachers to parents). As for preparing me for college (which was SMHS' biggest responsibility), the school did so effectively. Overall, I would say that SMHS was... eh, good enough.
Extracurricular opportunities are varying from raising livestock for the fair through FFA , to establishing an Earth day fair in honor of the environmental club. There is a lot a student can do, and majority of these clubs and sports require dedication and focused commitment. Since Santa Maria High School is located around an agricultural environment, the students engage in the FFA club, others are devoted to the soccer team, or wish to have a voice and lead ASB rallies/activities. These are the top three clubs and sport. There is many more, one that is making a strong impact is the LGBT club, students are encouraged to participate and benefit from these extracurricular activities. The students and teachers are committed to their responsibilities when being a member. The administration does what is in their power so that these clubs and sports make an impact not only on the students, but also be effective to the community in which they live in.