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Santa Barbara, CA
Students enrolled: 1,828

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4750 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

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(805) 967-4581
(805) 967-8358
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Map of San Marcos Senior High School address.
Develops respect: Disagree
June 12, 2015
They don't take reports by students of verbal threats and physical assaults seriously. They allow gangs to threaten other children and are not concerned with finding the ones doing it.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
June 12, 2015
They don't hold bad behavior accountable and don't care if children are threatened or harmed.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2015
My son was beat up by 4 West side gang members after school. The administrators did nothing about it. Because he only knew one of the guys, they did not even try to find out who the others were. I feel like if my son had been a minority and the gang members white, it would have been a different story. The campus police said he didn't want to ruin his rapport with the one boy we did identify. I've never seen anything like this. I had to go above the school to the board and local legislature before anyone took it serious. They tried to make my son, the victim, feel bad, instead of the perpetrators. Kind of like blaming a rape victim for getting raped. His vice principal never would return my calls or emails unless I cc'd the principal. We are from Nashville, and I just had a lot higher expectations out here.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013
I love San Marcos High School! It is the best high school in Santa Barbara because 1. the teachers and staff are nice 2. they are competent and helpful 3. they love their subject and job 4. the kids are low-key 5. they balance their academic with sports and activities 5. the students are proud to be Royals 6. the atmosphere is happy 7. You learn a lot and well! 8. You are prepared for the university. I JUST LOVE IT!

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2013
Best kept secret in Santa Barbara. Great teachers and great kids. So happy we transferred districts to be here. The other high schools just don't come close to comparing.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2013
The AAPLE Program is amazing. My daughter is so well prepared for university. Equally as important is that my daughter has loved the program, the school and really enjoys everything about SMHS. I went to SBHS and was a bit sad when my daughter didn't want to follow family tradition, but I feel she got everything that she needed and wanted. She loves going to school each day and loves her teachers (in particular AP Chemistry, AP History, Year Book and Tennis). Nothing is more important to a parent than this balance in education--excellent teachers, administrators, students, program/curriculum and the school grounds are looking so, so good. Way to go SMHS--go Royals. Cheers for the principal, Mr. Behrens and the AAPLE director, Mr. Nielson.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2012
I graduated from San Marcos High School and I have to say my experience was amazing. Great campus, teachers, and classes. San Marcos was a great medium. It didn't have the pompous feel of DP and the less than adequate curriculum of SB.

- submitted by a community member

January 23, 2012
Awesome school. Fantastic staff. The block schedule really prepares students for college. Their test scores are improving every year.

- submitted by a community member

November 25, 2009
The block schedule is completely unique in that it really helps prepare you for college, and in my opinion really gives you more time to focus on your class. Instead of having to focus on up to 8 different classes, you can just focus on maybe 3 academics, which really helps in understanding the material. It's also nice, because you can get your homework done in class most of the time, meaning if you have any questions you can get them directly answered by teachers. The school also has a nationally recognized Band program, which went on to play at the Orange bowl last year. Last but not least, we are a CA distinguished school, and we have award winning teachers. We also have the highest test scores out of the three Santa barbara Public high schools.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 19, 2009
It's not cliquey, it is very open and relaxed. The education is great, and very specific and the teachers are qualified.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2009
My daughter who is currently attending San Marcos often comes home in tears because the girls there are so mean. The block schedule doesn't help either. She never has homework which seems so unproductive to me. At semester she is transfering to Dos Pueblos which I've heard is the best public high school in Santa Barbara county

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2008
I'm a past student and I absolutely loved San Marcos. I took advantage of almost every program they offered- Mock Trial, Varsity Sports, clubs, music, theatre, AP classes- and it was wonderful preparation for college and grad school. I went to UCLA, graduated with honors, and felt very prepared for everything that I encountered. I love the block schedule- it is much more like real life- and the teachers and counselors were incredibly supportive from the moment I stepped on the campus. They have award winning teachers as well. They have a nationally recognized music and theatre arts program, and I was lucky enough to be able to travel both nationally and internationally as a result. School spirit is high, and the vast majority of the students go on to either 2 or 4 year colleges. Most students in the honors track attend prestigious top 50 schools across the nation.

- submitted by a student

March 27, 2007
The academic programs at this school are well rounded. Music, arts and sports excel with good quality. The pre-nursing program is highly recommended. Sports programs are working into very good GPAs. 20 out of 22 Varsity sports this year had above a 3.0 GPA. Donations and fundraisers are big supporters for a lot of programs because of state cut-backs but the parents and local businesses work together to make it happen. I have been a parent and a volunteer at this school for 8 years and am proud to say I would recommend this school for students and parents who want to learn and grow and feel proud of their school and the education they received at it.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2006
The block schedule is not as bad as it seems.

- submitted by a student

April 26, 2006
San Marcos is on a modified block schedule, which works very well for performing arts and high level classes, however for lower level students, 90 minutes can be a very long time. Good quality teachers and caring administration, with great extracurriculars.

- submitted by a teacher

August 22, 2005
I am actually a graduated student. I must say the block system worked wonders on preparing for college. It is a great campus, and there are many exceptional teachers. I mean many. The administration, especially craig morgan the principal, were helpful and nice. Each school in santa barbara has its advantages. This is a safe school, a good focused school. When I was there we won a 6 year accredidation and became a ca distinguished school. Those are not flops.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2005
California Distiguished High School 2004-2005. Highest Possible 6-year WASC accreditation. 3 x 4 Block Schedule (90 minute periods).

- submitted by a teacher

August 31, 2003
I am a former student,grad 1963.I learned a great deal while enrolled.I didn't go on to achieve fame or fortune,but I did recieve a good solid background. I was a surfer when the school was well Known for many up& coming local surfers. I was the president of local El Capitan Surf Club.We never became as well noted as Santa Barbara Surf Club,but I believe we all served the community very well. In closing I would like to thank the school & teachers for my education and a chance to grow-up in a great community.

- submitted by a student

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San Marcos Senior High School
4750 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA  93110
(805) 967-4581
Last modified San Marcos Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Marcos Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top