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Ernest Righetti High School is a public school in Santa Maria Township, California. It has 2,283 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 64% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 201 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 201 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: Every high school student has had a bittersweet high school experience. Although their are strong cons about this school, my overall experience is what I have made of it. I am now reaping what I sowed throughout these years. I would never choose a different school because I have met some of the most influential people that have monumentally affected my life in a positive way. I am ever so grateful for the opportunities this school provides for extracurricular/elective organizations.
    • High School Senior
    • 2
    Food: There are very very few healthy/dietary/allergen options. Other than that there are a lot of carbohydrate, low protein, low vitamin options.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: Pretty mediocre all around. Not much student interaction.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: Righetti Athletics is a proud department in our local school district. There are a wide variety of sports to join and a huge population of students is involved in them. Our teams are very successful in PAC-7 and most if not all of our sports teams participate in CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) tournaments.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: There are definitely some outstanding teachers at this school. These teachers are the ones who put in hours and hours of work and are constantly molding their curricula, not only to challenge students but to help them in areas where they struggle. These teachers have the no-student-left-behind rule, where the student does not feel ashamed to raise his/her hand in class or talk with teacher after class if confused or requires clarity. These teachers act as educators, mentors and guides in and out of the classroom. Often, these teachers are highly educated and can very well tell when a student needs help. These types of teachers typically update student grading portals to notify students of their current grades. The lively teachers at Righetti are distinguishable from the ones who don't care whether the students benefit or fail during their time there.

    In my opinion, there are many teachers at Righetti who clock-in to get a salary and then leave. These teachers don't care about the students academic or personal well-being and often misuse class time to talk about unrelated topics. Other than being mentally absent, some teachers don't seem to know a structured way to help a student learn something or even how to begin going over a topic. There are also teachers who intertwine too much of their personal life in the classroom, distracting away from the learning environment a school is supposed to provide. Not all, but some teachers are very inconsistent in grading and keeping students up-to-date on their academic status.

    Of course, I am biased, just as every other student, for I have had a mix of both types of teachers in my career at Righetti High School and I understand the situations teachers are going through both on campus and off campus.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Santa Maria High School 4 mi. 2,369
3.00 Pioneer Valley High School 5 mi. 2,625
3.66 Cabrillo High School 12 mi. 1,490
3.33 Nipomo High School 12 mi. 1,148
2.33 Lompoc High School 16 mi. 1,375

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


Grade 9 25.5%
Grade 10 26.2%
Grade 11 23.3%
Grade 12 25.0%

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 20 responses

  • 60% Yes
  • 20% Not sure.
  • 20% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 29% Athletics
  • 24% Teachers
  • 24% The students.
  • 12% Programs
  • 6% Opportunities
  • 6% College and Career Center

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Drugs on campus
  • 25% The strict policies the school has.
  • 8% The students who litter
  • 8% Teachers
  • 8% Parking
  • 8% Disrespectful students
  • 8% Academics

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 9 responses

  • 78% Student spirit
  • 22% Athletics
  • 0% Compassionate relationships between students

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Its a good high school
  • 36% Better than most
  • 9% Terrible

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Be social.
  • 10% Have a wide variety of friends to fall back on
  • 10% Talk to upperclassmen about teachers
  • 10% Don't expect to ease through high school

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 8% I love everything about this school.
  • 83% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.