Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria Township, CA - Niche

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Santa Maria High School is a public school in Santa Maria Township, California. It has 2,300 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 163 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

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3.5 from 163 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: There is a lot more that administration could do to improve student academic and social success.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Food: The duration of the lunch time is very short if only they know how hard it is to wait in line when there is probably over 100 students getting lunch. Most kids do not even eat. the food options do vary but sometimes they serve the same thing over and over again. I do like how they make the students get healthy snacks before leaving the cafeteria and how the prices are fair when you choose to buy a snack
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: The opportunities that different school offer are not the best mostly because there are not that much announcement or any promotion, what so ever. If you do join a club they don't promote as much school spirit and are really boring in where the people that run it get off topic. The administration I think do not know what they are suppose to do most of the time. Although there are some clubs that do promote fun and offer after-school help, but there are very few of them.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: There are those times when I feel that the school does not take actions when there are fights but most of the time they do only when the students are being caught in the act. Since the duration of me being in school never have I heard them talking about or promoting anti-bullying, but maybe because it does not happen quite often. Going to the nurse is a good thing if you are sick because they do tend to do their job right as well as the health programs they offer.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: The school administration do a very poor job that affect the student or parent. The principals for example fired some of the greatest counselors and replaced them with new ones that do not even know what they are doing most of the time. Even though we do have guards in the school they sometimes slack off and do not pay attention to what is going on around them. Although some staff do try there best to council student and somewhat get parents to participate in the school.

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3.00 Pioneer Valley High School 2 mi. 2,618
3.00 Ernest Righetti High School 4 mi. 2,176
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3.66 Cabrillo High School 16 mi. 1,449
2.33 Lompoc High School 20 mi. 1,360

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


Male 53%
Female 46%

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 92.0% 25.0% 32.0% 41.0% 56.0% 71.0% 87.0%
White 3.0% 51.0% 60.0% 44.0% 33.0% 14.0% 5.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.8% 4.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 2.0% 5.0% 4.0% 4.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 0% 3.0% 1.0% 4.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.9%
Grade 10 24.4%
Grade 11 25.2%
Grade 12 24.5%

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 17 responses

  • 82% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 43% The teacher-student relationships.
  • 36% The teachers and students.
  • 14% The students
  • 7% Mrs. Franco & Mrs. Riley

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 28% The seagulls that poop on students during lunch.
  • 24% The worst thing about the school is old equipment.
  • 16% Most councilors don't listen to what you want
  • 8% OCS rules
  • 8% Not Much Time- Don't be late not even a minute
  • 8% Leadership is old and adverse to change
  • 4% The security guards especially chuck
  • 4% Counseling is woeful

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 15 responses

  • 60% The diversity and friendly staff and students.
  • 20% We offer a child day care
  • 13% A counselor
  • 7% Best available option

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 57% Good
  • 14% Bias principals
  • 14% Home away from home.
  • 7% Leadership is weak, which affects the school (bad)

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Don't be scared just do your best and enjoy it.
  • 29% Just be who you are, everyone is pretty much ok
  • 14% Don't worry, at SMHS it's cool to be smart.
  • 7% Watch out for principals

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 11% I love everything about this school.
  • 56% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.