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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
South San Francisco High School is an above average, public school located in South San Francisco, CA. It has 1,321 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 28% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.

South San Francisco High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
28%
Average Graduation Rate
78%
Average SAT
1110
203 responses
Average ACT
23
45 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$96,930
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,888
National
$949
Median Home Value
$784,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
63%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.40 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.40 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 124 responses
  • Bell Game
    21%
  • Club diversity and freedom
    19%
  • Rallies
    15%
  • Celebrate diversity
    10%
  • Drama productions.
    10%
  • Senior Ball
    10%
  • Junior Prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,321
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,390
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.62 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.62 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.62 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,998/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
19%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses
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I loved going to this school for all four years as a student. I meet wonderful people here such as friends, teachers, and other staff members. The principal is a very nice person who cares a lot for his students. I also loved the beautiful plants that are planted in the campus. There are plenty of clubs and sports for one to attend. One spot that I attended and enjoyed a lot was soccer. I loved the sport, the nice coach, and amazing teammates. Before I went to this school during freshman year, I wanted to go to El Camino High School. I wasn't able to transfer to El Camino because there was no more space for new students. In the end I ended up going to South San Francisco High School which later I realized that it was the best choice that I ever took because I would have missed a lot of beautiful moments if I have never attended there. I highly recommend future high schoolers to attend to South San Francisco High School if they ever have the chance to. It's an amazing high school!
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South San Francisco High School is overall an okay school. The academics and teachers are good if your student participates in higher-level courses such as honors and AP courses. Most good teachers besides honors and AP teachers leave within a few years because of how much the district pays the teachers. If your student is not in high academic classes the teachers are okay. Due to the proximity of Genentech, a bio-med company, the science and math departments in the school are fantastic (many new buildings have been funded by Genentech). The music and arts programs have fantastic, dedicated teachers. Besides football, the athletics at the school are pretty good.
I am a current student as of 2020. This school is pretty much average. This school is very diverse, but people just don't understand why they can't say the n-word even though they aren't black. Our school doesn't blink an eye whenever students say the n-word. Another problem, to me, was the Native American logo. Thankfully, a group of students went to the board and the board passed a resolution to change it. On a more positive note, this school has a Reversed inclusion physical education class. This class is when able-bodied students join the students with special needs in a PE class. Another positive note, our band and color guard is very good.