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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Santa Maria High School is a public school located in Santa Maria, CA. It has 2,695 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 26% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.
Address
901 S. Brd.way
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Telephone
(805) 925-2567
Website

Santa Maria High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
26%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1050
174 responses
Average ACT
22
71 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$51,939
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Median Home Value
$276,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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.30 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • School rallies and club rush
    26%
  • Winter/Spring Fair
    18%
  • My favorite school event is career fair.
    11%
  • Saints Variety Show
    10%
  • My favorite school event is the college fair.
    10%
  • 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
2,695
Free or Reduced Lunch
86%
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.39 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.39 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.39 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,192
Teachers in First/Second Year
24.1%
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.58 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.58 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.58 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
$10,499/ year
National
$12,239
76%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Entering high school at 13 and graduating at 17 is a large chunk of life spent at highschool. I love the way SMHS shaped my personality and who I am as a person. I met so many different students that had so many different backgrounds and it was something I had never been introduced to before, and that was diversity. The education I obtained was great and for the most part high quality. The staff and administration really did their best to make SMHS feel like a family, which is why I had so many age ranges of friends that I still see around and talk to. The one thing I wish SMHS would change if they could is the school spirit! I love school spirit and think it is very important to be proud of your school and the fact that you are lucky enough to obtain an education. That is one aspect I wish more students understood that way they could get into the spirit more!
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An amazing school! Teachers are extremely friendly and helpful; they almost seem like close friends. It's a very open minded school that tries its best to make the environment safe for anyone who is attending the school. Only issues with this school is that the staff can sometimes be a little pushy and or unhelpful when it comes to certain things but, this is a very small concern because they do listen and try their bests to help everyone the most they can. For someone who is Hispanic, this school is amazing because over 90% of students attending are Hispanic so there are many rallies and events that are very cultural. The students there are also very nice, I have not heard or seen anything with bullying accruing here and we very rarely have fights maybe around one or two every school year. Overall a great school and have had an amazing four years here so far. Proud to be a Saint!
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.