San Marcos High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 8 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District San Marcos Unified
Type Public
 Phone (760)290-2200
 Location 1615 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
Charter School No

San Marcos High has an academic rating well above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 176th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The San Marcos High student body is predominantly White with a significant Hispanic population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific8.3%230
Native American Indian0.5%13
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.7%19
Two or more races1.3%35

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 26.9%

28.5% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, San Marcos High students are largely upper-middle income and rank 342nd in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
8 out of 10

Students at San Marcos High scored an average 65% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is well above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 12% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls45% to 49%*80% to 84%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander60% to 69%*80% to 89%*
Black21% to 39%*80% or more*
Hispanic25% to 29%*65% to 69%*
Multiracialless than 50%*50% or more*
White65% to 69%*90% to 94%*
With Disabilites10% or less*30% to 34%*
Limited English10% or less*15% to 19%*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for San Marcos High students in 2016 was 1118.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating

San Marcos High offers 10 AP courses. 31 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 81% percentile and well above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. San Marcos High had -8 taking AP exams with a -4 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the -900% percentile and the California state median of -9 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 50% -9%
Students enrolled in an AP class 31% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 8%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 5%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 21%
AP Courses Offered 10

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate5%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate5%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate4%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1.3%33


San Marcos High
1615 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA

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