Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria, CA - Niche

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Santa Maria High School is a public school in Santa Maria, California. It has 2,342 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 40% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 207 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

901 South Brd.Way
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-2567

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3.6 from 207 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: Our school is pretty safe. We have security guards at every entrance in the mornings when school starts and most of the time when school ends. We are required to wear our student IDs at all times just in case of emergency. We also have one police officer on campus daily.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Sports are very popular, most students are committed every year. Also very popular is ASB and Future Farmers of America. We have a range of clubs from Future Business Leaders of America to Fellowship of Christian Athletes. There is support for many extracurricular activities, but I do think there needs to be more still.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: In my four years of high school, I have enjoyed my experience here overall. My favorite experiences include participating in sports and meeting new people in those sports. Also I loved having great teachers, every year I had one teacher that especially made my experience great. What I enjoy about this school is that the overall atmosphere is very calm and many people can hang out with different groups of friends without there being any conflicts.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: Most teachers are devoted to teaching students and you can tell that they enjoy their job. However, I think that some need to change their teaching styles to get more students engaged and excited about being in their classrooms. Very many teachers are consistent with grading, but there are a few that do not update grades until the very last minute and it can get frustrating. Many of the teachers I have had are very knowledgeable, especially those teaching social sciences of any kind and English.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: All students have the ability to receive help regarding their health and safety.

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2.66 Pioneer Valley High School 2 mi. 2,688
2.66 Ernest Righetti High School 4 mi. 2,099
3.66 Arroyo Grande High School 14 mi. 2,156
3.33 Cabrillo High School 16 mi. 1,441
2.33 Lompoc High School 20 mi. 1,374

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


Female 46%
Male 53%

Student Diversity

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


Grade 9 26.1%
Grade 10 26.9%
Grade 11 22.9%
Grade 12 24.1%

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 37 responses

  • 76% Yes
  • 22% Not sure.
  • 3% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 32 responses

  • 24% The teacher-student relationships.
  • 24% The teachers and students.
  • 15% The students
  • 12% All the different clubs/sports
  • 7% The school's location.
  • 4% Teachers in general
  • 4% Mr. Cooper
  • 4% The amount of talent held by the student body.
  • 3% The diversity in the student body.
  • 1% Mrs. Franco & Mrs. Riley

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 18% The seagulls that poop on students during lunch.
  • 18% The worst thing about the school is old equipment.
  • 13% Most councilors don't listen to what you want
  • 12% Not Much Time- Don't be late not even a minute
  • 10% Not enough time for lunch
  • 8% OCS rules
  • 7% Counseling is woeful
  • 5% At times, teaching methods can be primitive.
  • 3% The security guards especially chuck
  • 3% Leadership is old and adverse to change
  • 2% Fellow students

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 32 responses

  • 47% The diversity and friendly staff and students.
  • 34% We offer a child day care
  • 9% A counselor
  • 3% Best available option
  • 3% Students are exceptionally active in school events
  • 3% Pregnancy

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 52% Good
  • 10% Bias principals
  • 6% Home away from home.
  • 6% The school spirit students have is incredible.
  • 6% Leadership is weak, which affects the school (bad)
  • 3% Idiot school

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 39% Don't be scared just do your best and enjoy it.
  • 22% Work hard, but have fun
  • 17% Just be who you are, everyone is pretty much ok
  • 9% Don't be afraid to make friends, people are kind.
  • 9% Don't worry, at SMHS it's cool to be smart.
  • 4% Watch out for principals

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 7% I love everything about this school.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 18% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.