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San Marcos, CA
Students enrolled: 2,545

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1 Mission Hills Court
San Marcos, CA 92069

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(760) 290-2700
(760) 290-2680
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February 26, 2014
Mission Hills is an amazing school. I graduated last year with a bunch of art awards. The person who wrote about the ceramics teacher is far from being right. I had him and those who usually say they don't like a teacher are the ones that don't pay attention and don't like being told they've done something wrong. Thanks to that teacher I had a piece entered into an art show and accepted to be temporarily displayed in the San Diego art Museum. I graduated with the VAPA Senior Award. I've been in almost every art class, and yes MHHS is predominantly a sports school, the arts programs are amazing. The dance teacher became like a second mom, and so did the graphic design teacher. I would recommend this school to anyone. Now about the "jocks" and "rich white kids", jocks will exist at ANY school your child goes to. Any student at MHHS will tell you that there are more minorities than whites, and the 'rich' title is only said because of our new school. Sounds silly, but that's what MHHS is know as- the rich white kid school. No, it's just new. So if you're looking for a great school in San Marcos and can't decide between MHHS or SMHS, I recommend your child become a MHHS Grizzly.

- submitted by a community member

December 15, 2013
This school is ok. It has great sports and ok academics. It is definitely not run by rich white kids like the last reviewer wrote. My child came from Orange County and Mission Hills has mostly minorities not rich white kids. The curriculum is standard and my child has a lot of free time on his hands. He rarely has homework and is in all honors classes. Not a great school but it could be worse.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2013
My school is run by jocks and rich white kids. The ceramics teacher ridicules students, calls them out, mocks them, and is all in all, bad at his job as a teacher. Not only is he narcissistic but his constant talking disrupts the learning environment. In his advanced class he talks to other students about how poorly the beginning students do and how hard it is for him. He's not the only teacher on campus like this, honestly, I'd say about 8 out of 10 need to be fired and replaced with more professional teachers who are genuinely good at their jobs.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2012
I am very proud that my two girls are attending MHHS. This is their first year here (a sophomore and a senior) and they are doing very well both accademically and socially. I have found the staff to be both proactive and responsive to the needs of the students and their families. I am confident that the girls will each leave MHHS at graduation with all of the preparation for life that one can expect from a public high school.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2011
I have had nothing good from my encounters with MHHS. Brad Lichtman has never once repsonded to my many emails regarding my childs needs as they arose through out the past 3 years. . He has his staff (poor souls) try and handle. He could at least reply to me that my issues are going to be addressed. It is email after email-I have to do all the follow up. I feel my childs education has suffered as a result of this schools failure to communicate and take action when it WAS NEEDED. If your child is a self starter and academically sound , you are fine. If your child is struggling-good luck. I find most of the staff harried and stressed. My second child is going to a private school , will be worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2011
In a couple months I will end my freshmen year here at MHHS, and all I can say is that this school literally changed my life! PROS: 1). Teachers are amazing. My Algebra I teacher literally saved my math grade (which was awful), mainly because of her awesome teaching. 2). School spirit is times a thousand. Cardinal and Gold, all the way! 3). As I said previously, peers are great. My friends here have made me come out of my shell and I couldn't be happier. 4). Sports/Extracurricular Activities know now bounds. Coaches are awesome and encouraging! 5). The lunch food is very good, and healthier than most. HOWEVER: lines can be long, so you have to get it asap. CONS: 1). Some teachers (rare) are not popular. AT ALL. 2). The school is basically built to catipult you into a California University or College. It's a little difficult if you plan to go *whispers* out of state. 3). Counselors aren't always the best source of info regarding courses, etc. Message to incoming Freshmen: ASK OLDER STUDENTS for the advice too. Overall, I love MHHS and never wish to leave. This school propels you to do the best you can in anything. The pride of this school is solely the students.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2010
MHHS was a great school my freshman year. The teachers were all great, and the students seemed to all get along pretty well. I couldn't of asked for a better first year of high school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 12, 2010
Mission Hills High School is a fairly new school and they consistently exceed their own goals in academics. We moved from the LAUSD and couldn't be happier with the schools in this area, especially MHHS.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2009
Alright, first of all I love my school, but a couple of my teachers are very unresponsive when I send them emails asking about recent homework. I won't point any fingers, but it annoys the heck out of me, especially when it concerns grades. Overall, I still love my school and friends, it's just the concern over students some teachers need to work on.

- submitted by a student

March 31, 2009
i love my school. i think its amazing! :] The school is a football school, but what high school isnt? really, we have great athletics and great teachers! the only thing that needs to be changed is the ladys in the office who think they own the school, and dont treat anyone who walks in good. but overall MHHS is great and were lucky to have it in san marcos!

- submitted by a student

March 10, 2009
I am a parent who had a district transfer issue for my son who is in 11th grade. Mrs. Susan Ford the Assistant principal and Mr. Brad Lichtman Principal took care of this matter at no time. I am very impressed with the way that I was treated by the Mission Hills High school staff I am so disappointed that my son had to leave mission hills high school I am not a fundraisers and boosters for this school or district If I had another son or daughter I would defiantly sign them up at Mission Hills High School

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 15, 2009
I believe this school to be of the highest quality and the staff is truly caring for the students. They truly care and are willing to help if asked.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 01, 2008
I agree with an earlier post that the administration is completely unresponsive to parents' concerns, unless they happen to be fundraisers and boosters. When I spoke the the AP about concerns my son and other students had about the kind of demeaning treatment they were receiving in the front office, I was told this was the first complaint they had received about it. Then while talking to another parent, I learned that she had voiced a complaint about the same issue and heard the same response. There are some teachers who are extremely committed to students, but others are definitely preparing themselves for the next high-paying admin position or waiting out retirement. This school is a big disappointment for all students who are not involved in the sports programs. I wish I had enrolled my child in San Marcos High, which has a positive reputation in the community.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2008
Awful experience for my daughter the first year. The school is a football school. The players only receive a slap on the wrist when late to class or absent. The principal is the main problem..such poor organization.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2008
The only complaint I really have are the teachers. As said before, they are unenthusiastic and all notes and homework. There are the occasional passionate teachers that love to have fun and help you, but for the most part, this school is a downer. Also, AVID was probably the worst experience of my life, although it's probably good for me.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 15, 2007
This school is outstanding. The administrative staff is very responsive to the needs of the students and the teachers are committed to student success. Parents are very involved and the enthusiasm of the students in school and extra curricular activities is wonderful. This school is a community.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2007
MHHS is a wonderful school to attend, it gives your students the best education! It has different types of programs to be enroll so you;; never be bored.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
September 01, 2007
The school is doing great for a new school. It is ironing out the wrinkles and making great progress. The staff is young and enthusiastic.

- submitted by a community member

July 09, 2007
I have many complaints about MHHS. The counselors aren't helpful, except for Mrs. Baker... who isn't my assigned counselor. The admin treat students like kids, instead of young adults like they claim to want to do. Many classes are linked-- if you want to take AP English, you have to take AP history, Government, ect. There's lots of amazing teachers there and the facilities are awesome, don't get me wrong, but the system isn't as grand as it could be.

- submitted by a student

May 15, 2006
In general, the academic programs are good at meeting the student's needs. I find it easier to contact teachers once I have their email. Extra curricular sports and music is great.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2006
Beautiful campus, excellent/professional faculty and teachers, rigorous AP course program, many graduate seniors enter high reputation colleges...

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2006
Attended college & career night recently and found they have a very good counseling staff and a great AVID program. Above-average school

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2005
I think they have the same problems that San Marcos High had (the teachers) they just changed their address these teachers are there to put in there hours and receive a paycheck. It would have been nice if they could have some teachers that actually want to teach and not just hand out homework.

- submitted by a parent

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Mission Hills High School
1 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos, CA  92069
(760) 290-2700
Last modified Mission Hills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mission Hills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top