Overall Niche Grade
- College ReadinessB
- Clubs & ActivitiesB-
- Health & SafetyB+
- Resources & FacilitiesB-
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.49 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.49 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.49 responses
- Very Good108
Overall, instructors at Santa Maria High School are hardworking and extremely devoted to teaching. They are passionate about the knowledge they pass down to students. Our school is not ethnically diverse, more than 80% of the student body is Mexican, the school itself ranks low because a significant amount of these students only speak Spanish, or are English learners. The amount of work and attention they put on us, the students demonstrates they truly do care about our well being and future. In addition, some instructors spend more time with students and at school rather than going home because they want to make sure we understand what seems to be that tedious math problem, or motivating students to look beyond their limits to successfully pass an AP class. These teachers are there for everyone and anyone who needs their help. Not only during lunch, they are there from half an hour before class starts, until late in the evening, even night time. Their amount of dedication is indescribable! Most of these teachers teach in different ways, they acknowledge the fact that students have different ways of learning; therefore they apply activities that interact with their learning modalities. The grading process is fair and justified. They grade on the performance of the student and based on the syllabus/ contract students sign in the beginning of the year. In Santa Maria High School teachers are more than great, they are awesome, they are the superheroes that do not wear capes.
- Niche User
- 4 months ago
I attended SMHS for my last 2 years of high school & it was (mainly) a good experience. Most of my teachers were supportive to their students & they were efficient at their jobs. I felt right at home among my peers as a vast majority of us came from similar cultural backgrounds. However, there was hardly any diversity (most students were Hispanic/Latino). When it came to their resources, SMHS would receive a "decent" rating (definitely not as high as some of the other high schools in the district would receive). The bathrooms were absolute trash, but the school itself wasn't to blame for that (the students were disgustingly messy). The administration was horrid--plain & simple. It often seemed as if their main goal was to deliberately upset everyone (which is exactly what they did--from students to teachers to parents). As for preparing me for college (which was SMHS' biggest responsibility), the school did so effectively. Overall, I would say that SMHS was... eh, good enough.
- 30 days ago
Extracurricular opportunities are varying from raising livestock for the fair through FFA , to establishing an Earth day fair in honor of the environmental club. There is a lot a student can do, and majority of these clubs and sports require dedication and focused commitment. Since Santa Maria High School is located around an agricultural environment, the students engage in the FFA club, others are devoted to the soccer team, or wish to have a voice and lead ASB rallies/activities. These are the top three clubs and sport. There is many more, one that is making a strong impact is the LGBT club, students are encouraged to participate and benefit from these extracurricular activities. The students and teachers are committed to their responsibilities when being a member. The administration does what is in their power so that these clubs and sports make an impact not only on the students, but also be effective to the community in which they live in.
- Niche User
- 4 months ago