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Ernest Righetti High School is a public high school in Santa Maria. The principal of Ernest Righetti High School is Steve Molina, whose e-mail is smolina@smjuhsd.org. 2,252 students attend Ernest Righetti High School and identify as Hispanic, Unspecified, and Multiracial. 8% of the Ernest Righetti High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 32% of the 2,252 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ernest Righetti High School is 24:1. St. Joseph High School 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
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 51% 67%
Unspecified 5% 7%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 20%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 7633%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 23%
Limited English proficiency 8% 20%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My son just graduated (class of '13) and I am so glad he is out of there. He took several AP English and history classes and most of them were a joke (except LeClair's and Greeley's). Not one piece of writing my son did was ever returned to him let alone with feedback. I know most teachers do the best they can but student numbers and lack of support have taken their toll. Leadership is weak (except for Ms. Evans who is very good at what she does). Programs are suffering due to funding cuts. I am a teacher at a different school and I am saddened and discouraged by the overall low standards I saw here. I've been told Righetti was once highly regarded.

  • (5 months ago)

    The people in the office constantly make mistakes they are very judgemental have only a one sided view. There are really good teachers who do make you really want to learn. But then there's teachers who if you fall behind you get left behind and others who let the students take over the class and they give up trying to teach the class even though some of us actually just want to do our work. I recommend Delta other than there principal the staff is great you go there and you learn they work with you and if you have problems with the work the really do try there best to help you.

  • (9 months ago)

    One of the worst run schools my child has ever attended. There is no leadership at the upper level. There are some good teachers in the school but they let the bad ones run the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Righetti offers 24 AP and Honors courses the most of any high school in N. Santa Barbara County. Just in the past 5 years our alumni have attended MIT Yale Harvard Columbia Caltech as well as every UC up and down the state. We offer multiple ROP courses giving students academic rigor and workplace training simultaneously. Recently our film program alumni have been involved in the creation of the films "Life of Pi" "Brave" and "Alice in Wonderland". Just within the past year Righetti alumni have received 2 Oscars and 4 Emmy Awards. The Agriculture/FFA and Industrial Arts departments offer courses that support the economics and industry of our area with courses and training in everything from welding to viticulture. No other high school in N. Santa Barbara County can offer the opportunity to compete at the very highest level of athletic competition in the PAC-7. A PAC-7 championship represents the honor of being the very best on California's Central Coast.

  • (1 year ago)

    School has big cracks in its program that kids fall through have seen a strong deterioration in the quality if instruction especially in mathematics. Emphasis and focus is on minority and at risk children and not allowing for excellence and opportunities for achieving students. If your student is above average and you want them to be prepared to go to college go to St Joe's dont have them attend Righetti.This school does not prepare kids for college. Generally parents show little involvement in the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Righetti is a good school the best public high school in our city. Since I attended over 20 years ago it has become over-crowded but all the high schools in our area are and school officials are doing a pretty good job with the difficult position they are in. The one complaint I have is the teachers with tenure are to complacent especially those who coach. My son plays 3 sports and there were horrible politics on every single team. Coaches/teachers should be held accountable and if they are not meeting expectations they should be replaced. It seems many of them have a very arrogant attitude as if they cannot be touched no matter how badly they treat their teams. Perhaps if their jobs were performance based they would do a better job teaching as well as coaching.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school for my kids even during this financial meltdown in California. My son is happy and he's being given a clear path to college so I am happy.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers were great the curriculum when I went there was broad and put together well. I enjoyed my four years there and wish those same great teachers the best.

  • (4 years ago)

    Righetti was selected as a California Distinguished School for good reason The staff has workded very hard to implement innovative teaching strategies aligned with content standards. They have worked on developing professional learning communities to improve insturction assessment and student outcomes.

  • (5 years ago)

    The parents/students that say this school is poor are likely just mad that their kids/they performed poorly. I just graduated from here and am going to Yale after four wonderful years at Righetti. If you enroll in the advanced classes you will not get a 'bad teacher' of any sort. I took a few college prep courses and didn't get any bad teachers there either. My graduating class alone had about 13 acceptances to UCLA 9 to UC Berekely 1 to MIT 1 to Caltech 2 to Stanford 1 to Columbia 1 to Yale and 1 to Rice (many other colleges both private and public also accepted students). Anyone that complains about this school is likely disappointed that it holds itself to a high standard by expecting students to take responsibility (reference to the parents complaining about their kids failing) and to do actual work simple as

  • (5 years ago)

    Your Righetti High School experience is what YOU as an individual make it to be. Nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter that's for sure. But if you want to get the best education you can get you'll get it if you work for it. That's life. Nothing's going to get handed to you. The only problem with this school is that teachers and students are caught on a vicious cycle Students aren't excited about learning because teachers aren't excited about teaching and vice versa. If it could all stop the school would be a much better place. I personally like Righetti very much and enjoy all of my classes despite how many people don't enjoy it there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student and it had very low standards for their education and they focused on having everyone in class no on having those who were there learn anything of use

  • (5 years ago)

    Im a student and I love it over their I made so much more friends then I ever had and a lot of the teachers are very supportive of their students helping them reach their goals or making them.

  • (6 years ago)

    Righetti is definitively going to get better as time proceeds. With our new solid administration more organization will be established. Mr. Molina is working for the kids and is a good leader for Righetti. I would have to say that the staff is very friendly and that students with initiate will go far here.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is definatley over crowded. Im a junior at righetti and have been here for every yrear but my freshman and ive like the students but not many of the teachers. They dont show that they care at all and the administration is very non existant. You have to be a parent that is yelling or a asb student to ever get noticed in the office and if you do get noticede they act like your a criminal for even going in there. If i were a parent i wouldnt send any student to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Being a senior at Righetti I've seen almost everything here. Some of the teachers at the college prep level are a little weird and sometimes have trouble managing the number of students they have. However high school is the last opportunity that students have to learn to manage their own lives before it's no longer a choice. Most teachers are willing to discuss grades the moment they are asked and are truly in it for the kids. If a parent doesn't know their child is failing or that they're hanging out with the wrong crowd it's because they're out of touch with their kid not because of the school. That said we have an excellent AP program great athletics help with college admissions is readily available from the very first year and guidance techs are more than happy to help set you up with the right teachers if you ask.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a senior at Righetti and I love it. It's a big school so it's easier for lazy students to slack off and blame their teachers for their failing grades. But I've taken about half AP classes and half college prep and I've never had a horrible teacher. You just need to know who to talk to about what classes you should take and what teachers are good. Of course every school is bound to have some bad teacher- that's why you need to do some research to see who's class to take. I've loved 90% of my teachers and most of the administrators. But if you're kid is a slacker or a trouble maker than they'll probably fall behind quickly. Send then to a therapist not a different school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers have no time to inform parent's when a student is failing the class until report card day. By then it's either the end of the semester or to late to change the student to a different class. What I hear from teachers is that they have to many students. I would like to see some type of notice being sent out to parents when a student is failing the class or needs different placement. Why waste the students time and the teachers time when the class environment does not suit the student academic needs. Think of a system to inform parents when students are failing a class. I have always believed in early intervention. Inform the parents' as early as possible when a student is failing. Ms. Richardson math teacher was able to contact me and share her concerns. Problem was resolved. We need more teachers like Ms. Richardson.

  • (6 years ago)

    Righetti is a mixed bag of good and bad teachers. If students put in the effort and enroll in the best classes (AP) they can get a great education. They have some good sports programs especially water polo.

  • (6 years ago)

    I never made any mistakes more than just sent my daughter to this school. If you do not want your kids to have future never ever send anyone here. the environment was really bad. The teacher teaching Algebra 2 never cared to take extra little bit of time to teach them if they ever had any questions. He did not care it is not his kid. My kid always got Straight A until she attended this school and got a C. She behaved very badly out of norm because of peer pressure. Watch out the kids to be pregnant.

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