School Details

Santa Maria High School

901 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-2567
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2442 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Santa Maria Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Santa Maria High School is a public high school in Santa Maria. The principal of Santa Maria High School is Craig Huseth, whose e-mail is chuseth@smjuhsd.org. 2,442 children attend Santa Maria High School and identify as Hispanic; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 33% of the Santa Maria High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 74% of the 2,442 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Santa Maria High School is 21:1. Pioneer Valley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 67%
Unspecified 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 20%
Filipino 3% 3%
Asian 3% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 7633%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74% 23%
Limited English proficiency 33% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I recently graduated from the school and I have to say Santa Maria High School is great. The teachers are awesome and really care about students education. Before going to SMHS i was told by many people (that never attended the school) that it was full of gangs and pregnant girls.....This just isn't true. Yes there are some students that appear to be in gang's but almost every public school has that. There are rarely fights at the school in the 4 years i attended SMHS i only remember there being like 3 fights and none were gang related. Now about the pregnant thing SMHS has the most because there is a program that helps teen moms across the street so when a school has a girl that gets pregnant they send them over to SMHS. The school is great if I had children I would have no problem sending them to school there.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school has a very safe friendly environment. I always go with a smile on my face knowing its going to be a great day. The staff and teachers are great! I just love everything about this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    While far from perfect I had three children attend and graduate from Santa Maria High School. They all got a good education and had a good experience getting it. There are good educators and a supportive administration. We stayed involved with our children's education. For those of you nay sayers I'd like to know what you have done to improve the school?

  • (3 years ago)

    With the highest pregnancy rate in CA and cholos lined up and down the block it makes it hard to believe this is such an awesome school. The years and children have definitely changed.

  • (3 years ago)

    These sparkling reviews are jokes obviously from biased teachers or administrators or quite literally just jokes. Santa Maria High School is trash and everyone on the Central Coast knows it. Over crowded rife with gangs ludicrously high teen birth rate and half the students don't even speak English. A terrible terrible environment for young adults as well as teachers how have become jaded by years of working there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Best school ever. has great teachers & students. It's a spirited school.(=

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is awsome. There is no better school than this one. Indeed we did have not two but three students last year win the Gates Scholars and two win the Dells Scholars as well. College acceptances went up from the previous year and many of which were accepted to very well known schools such as Harvard Columbia UCLA UC Berkely UCSD and many many more. The school has great extra curicular activites such as the award winning FFA (Future Farmers of America) a first place champion Ballet Flocoriko CIF soccer team and many more activites and clubs to choose from. I attended Santa Maria High School all four years of high school and it is truly a great school. Thanks to the wonderful teachers and support I found there I was able to get to college and am currently working on getting my BS. Thanks SMHS!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I would like to say that this school is a wonderful environment for students parents and teachers. We have excellent clubs an award winning agriculture department a thriving music program and a well established AVID program. The students are respectful hard working and academic achievers. Last year we had two Gates Scholars and the previous year our valedictorian was the recipient of a full scholarship to Brown University. These are just a few stories about our fantastic students. I encourage parents and prospective students to visit the school and talk with teachers administration and fellow students. Santa Maria High School is a wonderful school with wonderful students and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school. If you want an honest opinion? Ask some of the locals who has lived here (if possible). Other than that all you get are the opinions that are posted here..

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome school great students and teachers. I've been to pioneer valley school and this one and if compared I would say this one is the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    Absolutely horrible! Not a good environment for kids/parents. The leadership is a joke. If you value your child's education do NOT send them to this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    this is a great school! =]

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is a very good school that recently won the National College Board Inspiration Award. This award was only presented to three schools in the nation. The socio-economic status of the school's student's parents is not high in fact most students come from an hispanic background and they are part of the working class. This doesn't keep the students to do good work though they continue to pursue a higher education and some go off to the Ivy leagues and top end schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    I went to this school and graduated in 2001 and I firmly believe that you get out what you put in. This school has some awesome teachers. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kohler are two men I will Never forget. Also they had a great basketball team with good coaches (Ms. Simard). I learned a lot from this school. I wasn't always the best student by any means but I learned so much here.

  • (10 years ago)

    Our child is new at Santa Maria she is enjoying her new school being challenged by her teachers Zero tolerance to violence is truly effective. I believe this school will eventually go a long way. Truly excellent staff of teachers great students and parents.

  • (11 years ago)

    Santa Maria High School has an excellent staff of teachers. Santa Maria High has wonderful students and parents.

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