San Marcos High
Best High School in California#176
|Rating||8 out of 10|
|Grades||9 to 12th grade|
|School District||San Marcos Unified|
|Location||1615 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
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.
The San Marcos High student body is predominantly White with a significant Hispanic population and has very high racial diversity.
|Native American Indian||0.5%||13|
|Hawaiian Pacific Inlander||0.7%||19|
|Two or more races||1.3%||35|
vs. other California high schoolsUpper 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
State Standardized Test Performance
Rank in California139th
Rating8 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|
|Girls||45% to 49%*||80% to 84%*|
State Test Proficiency by Subgroup
|Subgroup||Math Proficient||Reading Proficient|
|Asian & Pacific Islander||60% to 69%*||80% to 89%*|
|Black||21% to 39%*||80% or more*|
|Hispanic||25% to 29%*||65% to 69%*|
|Multiracial||less than 50%*||50% or more*|
|White||65% to 69%*||90% to 94%*|
|With Disabilites||10% or less*||30% to 34%*|
|Limited English||10% or less*||15% to 19%*|
*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.
College Admission Test Scoring
Average SAT Score1118
The average SAT score for San Marcos High students in 2016 was 1118.
AP Course and Test Performance
AP Class Enrollment Rate31%
AP Pass Rank in California-9th
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.
|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|
|Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate||5%||14%|
|Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate||5%|
|Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate||4%|
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San Marcos High
1615 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA
San Marcos Unified
San Marcos, CA