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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Santa Monica High School is a top rated, public school located in Santa Monica, CA. It has 2,824 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.
Address
601 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Telephone
(310) 395-3204
Website

Santa Monica High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1250
498 responses
Average ACT
29
323 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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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
$83,680
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,736
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,051,615
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.75 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.75 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 242 responses
Report
  • Pep- rallies.
    24%
  • Performance/Music Events
    11%
  • Football games
    11%
  • The day the Yearbook comes out.
    10%
  • The dance showcase
    10%
  • Basketball games.
    10%
  • Cafe Samo.
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,824
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.84 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.84 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.84 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
22:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$94,819
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.116 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.116 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.116 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$18,127/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.115 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.115 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.115 responses
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I loved Santa Monica High School! From my first day of freshman year, I had no clue what my passions were, and I was in the completely wrong friend group. Through taking classes, joining clubs, and participating in sports, I discovered which kinds of people I like to surround myself with, and then environment that helps me succeed the most. Samohi has amazing diversity, and no matter who you are, you can find friends to connect to, and clubs to join that share your passions and goals.
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High school, as it does for many others, sucked. However, my experience had nothing to do with the quality of my high school. I went into school every day to be greeted by caring, experienced teachers, getting an education within walking distance of the beach, and plenty of resources to further my learning. Diversity was good, language programs were strong, and college/standardized testing advising was a promise. Extracurriculars were strong, and last I checked, there is a new building and they are working on a beautiful new pool. Teachers made my classes interesting, and took extra, personal time to help students when they had any questions, wanted to start a club, or even were going through personal hardships.
Had a great time here! Freshman year started but it progressively got much better. There are tons of things to do and the teachers are amazing. Although some teachers aren't the greatest, they try their hardest to help you succeed