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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,366 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 23% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

South San Francisco High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
46%
Percent Proficient - Math
23%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1120
188 responses
Average ACT
24
44 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$92,074
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,751
National
$949
Median Home Value
$697,400
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
61%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.38 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.38 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 119 responses
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  • Bell Game
    21%
  • Club diversity and freedom
    18%
  • Rallies
    15%
  • Celebrate diversity
    11%
  • 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
1,366
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,020
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.60 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.60 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.60 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
$14,705/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.67 responses
18%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.67 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.67 responses
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South San Francisco High School is an environment that embraces racial diversity, but diversity of thought is limited. There are multiple AP classes that the school offers, with many of them beneficial to real world careers (AP Computer Science, AP Bio, AP Physics, and even biotech classes) and there is cultural representation throughout. The Ballet Folklorico program takes the crown for the most recognized school program though. One thing I would like to see improved is improved tolerance to opposing ideas instead of one mainstream narrative.
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Depending on the teacher and/or the class, students would find decent education. There have been many good recent graduates who would be attending top-tier schools but many college-prep classes do not encourage as much classroom participation or prevent non-graduates. There is a generous amount of resources available, however, it is not well-known throughout the school. The educational atmosphere is not the best, but there are multiple teachers in the school who inspire and promote greatness. Those teachers usually apply to the honors and AP level classes, but there are some good teachers on staff.
South San Francisco High School wasn't a bad high school by any means. The teachers I had definitely prepared me for being in college, but only because I took AP classes. I wish that during my tenure here that they would have provided more information about college resources that I could get in contact with that would better prepare me for the challenges that I would face. It would be nice if they were in better connection with the community colleges where the transfer process would be outlined much better.