School Details

San Marin High School

15 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA 94945
(415) 898-2121
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 868 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

26%
32%
25%
82%
83%
58%
47%
41%
38%
63%
65%
62%
10%
16%
16%
65%
62%
45%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

8%
17%
13%
43%
40%
39%
44%
41%
41%
34%
46%
46%
0%
17%
35%
56%
55%
52%
10%
17%
15%
59%
59%
54%
52%
52%
46%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
87%
86%
83%
90%
89%
84%

CA00019

None
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

5%
6%
10%
6%
7%
15%
64%
63%
51%
12%
24%
32%
55%
56%
48%
7%
7%
8%
48%
59%
49%
39%
61%
58%
61%
59%
50%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

San Marin High School is a public high school in Novato. The principal of San Marin High School is Adam Littlefield, whose e-mail is alittlefield@nusd.org. 868 students go to San Marin High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the San Marin High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 23% of the 868 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at San Marin High School is 18:1. San Marin High School-Plus is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 60%
Asian 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 24% 26%
Filipino 1.0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.3%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 7307%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 29%
Limited English proficiency 7% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I went here for four years. I loved the campus and the teachers. Everyone was super supportive and always helped me out. I will miss this school and all of the people there.

  • (1 year ago)

    San Marin has been a very good school for my kids. There is a great numbers of activities for students to choose. The teachers are courteous and attentive. The students are given all the opportunity to excel to their potential. The Principal Mr Littlefield has brought new vigor and fun to San Marin and I would expect that the following years will result in higher test scores and more school pride. The athletic department has experienced a resurgence to a winning format in all sports while the music/ theater department is continuing it's long tradition of quality teaching. I am happy having my kids go to San Marin High School and would highly recommend that parents in Novato strongly consider sending their children there as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent of two incoming 10th graders at SMHS. My girls' concern (mine too) about this school is the two bullies that have been bullying them all through 9th grade with the help of their parents. The two bullies have their way of spreading rumors manipulating social relationships with common acquaintances/friends and promoting social exclusions. The administrator who happens to be in charge of bullying in this school is very ineffective. He is a former cop from San Rafael California. Former & current students I spoke with say that he is not sensitive enough and not well trained enough to handle this highly sensitive topic of bullying in schools. I thus rate this school in handling issues such as bullying in school as very poor. In addition the school is not diverse enough when it comes to ethnic groups. In fact I rate it simply as a white school. If you want diversity and safe environment for your teens don't go to this school. Novato High School may be a better school when it comes to diversity.

  • (5 years ago)

    School has great options for high achievers and my daughter is challenged and in a safe environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    San Marin has so many talented teachers who are dedicated to preparing kids for college and a successful future. My kids also enjoyed all the opportunities available through San Marin's terrific sports programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have a great community that works together to help enrich the future of our children.

  • (5 years ago)

    A school for all students! We enjoyed San Marin tremendously!

  • (5 years ago)

    This was my high school my daughter graduated in 2008 and now my son is attending. Great school all around and I'm very excited about the sports program.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a great school with amazing teachers

  • (5 years ago)

    Love the school. My sons are getting great education at San Marin. One is in top UC now and another will definitely be in another top colleges in the U.S. in coming year. They also made wonderful friends who are wholesome kids and great students!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that most of my son's teachers teach because they love it - because they had a calling to do it. Go San Marin!

  • (5 years ago)

    San Marin was the High School that I went to. Its great to see my son going to the same High School. San Marin has a beautiful campus and Great Teachers. The sport programs are moving in the right directions.

  • (5 years ago)

    The faculty the administration and the classess offered to students. Despite the budget cuts San Marin does an awesome job at keeping our students motivated to learn!

  • (5 years ago)

    San Marin is a great school where the students staff and parents are always striving to make it even better.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is driven to success in all areas of academic as well as athletics. The teachers give unselfishly of their time and efforts to ensure each student is able to achieve success.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughters have an excellent program called avid that help them prepare for college and let them visit the universities campuses. They also have great sport teams and great teachers too

  • (5 years ago)

    My sons got a good education at San Marin H.S. preparing them for success in college. The academics were strong as are the performing arts.

  • (5 years ago)

    San Marin High has one of the best performing arts programs in the nation! It has a relaxed attmosphere and the campus is beautifully situated amoung old oak trees. San Marin places in the top tier of California high schools in student testing every year. Last but not least there is great community involvement from students out to the surrounding area and from the citizens of the community back to the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love San Marin High School for the music program!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are awesome...It's our first year and very impressed!

See all reviews on GreatSchools

Overall score

(based on 22 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

Nearby

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools