Ernest Righetti High School in Orcutt, CA - Niche

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Ernest Righetti High School is a public school in Orcutt, California. It has 2,099 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 57% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 234 reviews written and they have been mixed.

941 East Foster Rd
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 937-2051

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3.5 from 234 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Health & Safety: We don't really have safety issues at Righetti, so there isn't a need for any armed security or anything. If someone is bullied, other students step in, or teachers will help out. I have always felt safe at Righetti, and when I saw bullying, I stood up to it, and it stopped immediately. Great school.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: I can't even begin to list the amount of after school clubs and sports teams that Righetti has to offer. If there isn't a club already in place for a group of students who are interested in something, it is so easy for those students to make their own clubs and get a teachers help. I was a part of the Gay-Straight Alliance, Foreign Exchange Club, Film Club, Tennis Club, and I was on the Homecoming Committee, all of those clubs were so welcoming and fun.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I made so many friends going to this school. Everyone was friends with everyone except for a few bad seeds that were just bad kids overall. There was a lot of diversity at our school too -- mixed ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, etc, but those things didn't tear people apart, it brought everyone together. I think that Righetti is really unique in that way -- everyone gets along despite differences, and everyone has so much fun together.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: Every teacher that I had at Righetti High School was extremely nurturing and helpful. I learned so much in school, but I was an AP student, I'm not sure about standard classes.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: Most of my teachers were wonderful. They really care about their students and make learning interesting.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Santa Maria High School 4 mi. 2,342
2.66 Pioneer Valley High School 5 mi. 2,688
3.33 Cabrillo High School 12 mi. 1,441
2.33 Lompoc High School 16 mi. 1,374
3.66 Arroyo Grande High School 18 mi. 2,156

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 48%
Male 51%

Student Diversity

Ernest Righetti High School United States Arroyo Grande High School Cabrillo High School Lompoc High School Pioneer Valley High School Santa Maria High School
Hispanic 58.0% 25.0% 32.0% 39.0% 71.0% 88.0% 93.0%
White 31.0% 51.0% 59.0% 45.0% 13.0% 5.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 2.0% 5.0% 4.0% 1.0% 0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 4.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 2.0%
African American 1.0% 15.0% 1.0% 3.0% 4.0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 24.6%
Grade 10 26.6%
Grade 11 23.6%
Grade 12 25.2%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 70% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 12% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Athletics
  • 22% Teachers
  • 17% Opportunities
  • 15% The students.
  • 12% College and Career Center
  • 7% Programs

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 28% Disrespectful students
  • 24% Drugs on campus
  • 16% The students who litter
  • 12% Parking
  • 12% The strict policies the school has.
  • 4% Teachers
  • 4% Academics

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 21 responses

  • 33% Athletics
  • 33% Student spirit
  • 19% The teachers love to see the students succeed
  • 14% Compassionate relationships between students

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 50% Its a good high school
  • 32% Better than most
  • 9% Money No problem
  • 5% Terrible
  • 5% Best in the area

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 50% Be social.
  • 17% Don't expect to ease through high school
  • 11% Get involved in activities, something for everyone
  • 11% Have a wide variety of friends to fall back on
  • 11% Talk to upperclassmen about teachers

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 4% I love everything about this school.
  • 91% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.