Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,342
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    249 3.7
  • Ranking

Santa Maria High School is a public coed 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 249 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 249 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 3
    Overall Experience: It's about the same as any other regular high school in California.
    • Recent Alumnus
    • 4
    Teachers: The teachers in Santa Maria High School have so many cheerful aspects towards the students which makes school a very fun place to be as well to be educated.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: My overall experience at Santa Maria High School has been great! Most of my peers are very friendly, there's lots of school spirit and the teachers are great! Our sporting events are always exciting. And our principal is very active with activities that go on at our school, which is always a great thing to have.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: Most the teachers here at Santa Maria High love their jobs. Not just the teachers but the staff members as well at SMHS almost always go out of their way to help students with extra help, getting good grades, even personal issues. The staff here are always friendly and very organized you should never struggle at this school and if you, you arent asking for help.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Academics: Instructors are dedicated to give us the best possible education and aid. They are fair and reasonable in the amount of work they assign. For example AP classes, they challenge and motivate us to do our best in order to be prepared for college. I can honestly state that because of their courses and help I am able to smoothly transition into college. In addition, they are there for the students in case they need help at any time. The teachers are open to special study sessions dedicated just to that course/class. They go above and beyond in order to help us learn and perform our best in the test required to go to college.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
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

Gender

Gender
Female 46%
Male 53%

Student Diversity

Santa Maria High School United States California Arroyo Grande High School Cabrillo High School Ernest Righetti High School Lompoc High School Pioneer Valley High School
Hispanic 93.0% 25.0% 53.3% 32.0% 39.0% 58.0% 71.0% 88.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.8% 11.3% 4.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0% 3.0%
White 2.0% 51.0% 24.8% 59.0% 45.0% 31.0% 13.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.6% 0% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 6.1% 1.0% 3.0% 1.0% 4.0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 3.3% 2.0% 5.0% 4.0% 4.0% 1.0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
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 49 responses

  • 78% Yes
  • 16% Not sure.
  • 6% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 24% The teacher-student relationships.
  • 22% The teachers and students.
  • 12% All the different clubs/sports
  • 12% The students
  • 7% The school's location.
  • 5% Teachers in general
  • 5% Mr. Cooper
  • 4% The diversity in the student body.
  • 4% The amount of talent held by the student body.
  • 2% Mrs. Franco & Mrs. Riley
  • 1% Eppley

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 38 responses

  • 45% The diversity and friendly staff and students.
  • 39% We offer a child day care
  • 8% 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 38 responses

  • 47% Good
  • 21% BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!
  • 8% Bias principals
  • 8% Home away from home.
  • 8% The school spirit students have is incredible.
  • 5% 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 35 responses

  • 9% I love everything about this school.
  • 77% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.