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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
    A
  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 2,826 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

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
571 responses
Average ACT
29
365 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+
Median Household Income
$89,102
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,794
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,122,890
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.79 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.79 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 251 responses
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  • Pep- rallies.
    25%
  • Performance/Music Events
    11%
  • The dance showcase
    10%
  • Football games
    10%
  • The day the Yearbook comes out.
    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
2,826
Free or Reduced Lunch
27%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.88 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.88 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.88 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
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.120 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.120 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.120 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.119 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.119 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.119 responses
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Santa Monica High School Reviews

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I loved this school. I met so many cool people from many backgrounds and had so much fun. SAMOHI really pushes you to do your very best and challenge yourself with a difficult schedule. They want you to succeed and get all the help that is available, and there is a lot! As a low income student, I was given so many opportunities to strive and do my best even if I usually couldn’t afford to. The teachers, counselors, and staff are all so genuine and although they might not all be nice and teach the way you like, they stay true to themselves and they all truly care and love our school. This public school is the closest thing to a private school because of the myriad of opportunities you are given time and time again. SAMOHI is a gem that prepares you for your future outside of high school.
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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.
Santa Monica High School is a tricky institution to rate. For a public school, it does offer a lot of music/art programs, has decent administration, and resources to help those who need either academic, financial, or emotional support (that is, if you can find them). The physical campus classrooms and bathrooms are in a bad shape. Academics are hit or miss, but mainly a miss. There is no engaging of students, or challenging of them. Assignments are either extremely difficult or just busy work. Many teachers seem to be miserable here, and that is reflected in the students. However, there are a few gems. There are a rare few who are excellent teachers, who support their students and are genuinely committed to teaching. But for the most part, the curriculum is weak and the school is very grade oriented as opposed to learning oriented. Overall, most of Samohi's reputation is a facade, but there can be good people and teachers too. I will say, there is a plethora of clubs and activities.