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9-12
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Santa Monica, CA
Students enrolled: 3,069

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601 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 395-3204
(310) 395-5842
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December 21, 2014
Samohi is a highly successful school that is able to offer what a large public high school can offer: high standard academics, sports, nationally recognized music, scores of student clubs, large athletic program, ROP, and a learning environment that prepares students for the real world. Many, many students go on to top colleges. It has a hard working staff that reaches out to all kids and all their learning needs. The feeling on campus is are welcoming, positive and dedicated. I have walked this campus hundreds of times in my many years as a parent and always feel safe. As for the run down facilities, do some research. CA has underfunded our schools as long as I have been a parent. In order to accomplish the things it wants to do, supporters of all public schools in CA do ask for money. Often. So do private schools. Our community and our students greatly benefit from this school, we are lucky to have it.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
I went to this school in the 80's and back then it was FULL of gangs. I went to my reunion and was just as horrified. Cement everywhere. Now the school has a daycare for the children of the kids that go there. If armed security guards and gang activity doesn't bother you then by all means send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2014
I am a special education assistant for many schools in the Los Angeles School District however I have graduated from the Santa Monica-Malibu School District as a student having gone to some of the finest schools in the Santa Monica area. I grew up there which was a plus as well and having Santa Monica High School also known as Samohi being my high school...amazing....If i I lived there I would send my kid to school there unfortunate I don't live there. I am honored to have been there for high school and still carry the school pride with me yeah go vikings...At this school you know everyone and everyone knows you basically because its only one high school to one city versus in the valley area you have a few in one city for high school

- submitted by a teacher
July 27, 2014
Administration turns a blind eye to increasing influx of kids whose parents want them to escape from LA Unified. No serious checking on where these kids really live. Paying sky high taxes to fund LA kids is something even liberal parents take issue with.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
What it is: A HUGE public school with caring, competent educators and a plethora opportunity. The best instrumental music in the state, along with fierce athletics and a massive club culture makes this school unique- one of the most egalitarian schools in the state with a total absence of a singular "popular crowd" or a jock culture. What its NOT: A small private school where everyone know everyone, and they gather round the fire to sing kumbaya on weekends and everyone can be part of every activity. This is a school that demands competence and resolve from people in what they do. This means that not everyone gets to be an athlete, even on the freshman or junior varsity level. Not everyone gets to play in the top 3 bands, or sing in the top choirs, or play in the top orchestras. Competency is a mandate, and people who don't cut it get weeded out. This goes for academics as well, people don't usually peruse AP's across academic disciplines. This is because these classes hold students to the highest standards: a student in AP English generally will not also take AP Bio. This is not a school for the type of people who will "fall through the cracks." It is world class education.

- submitted by a community member
July 05, 2013
This school is AWFUL and so is Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Their biggest problems are racism, discrimination against the disabled and the poor attitude of District and school site staff. You also need to beware of Buffy-the-wallet-slayer! They are always begging for money. If they have any of your information, it will definitely be used to beg, beg, beg you for money. When it comes to something that you really need to know, no one will be able to find your information. Do yourself and your kid a favor, skip this school and go to New Roads or better yet, homeschool your kid!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Between Oct 3rd and Oct 25th, 2010 there were TWENTY THREE reviews of this school - all of them extremely favorable. The busiest days for reviews were Oct 19th with SEVEN reviews, and Oct 18th with ELEVEN reviews - in a row... all glowing! I haven't seen anything like this in my school searches before. Is BALLOT-STUFFING the reviews common???

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
SAMO Hi is truly a great school! They are concerned about the student 100%. It's great to be able to have my child attend SAMO Hi!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
It is diverse and It has something for everyone. Academics, Sports, Music and a community that cares.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Excellent science and music programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Excellent music, arts, academic, diverse and community-based school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Consistently in the top 200 US public schools in the nation. Nationally renowned music, choir, art programs. Exceptional curriculum and teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Great adminstration, great structure, great academics, great campus, great kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Samohi has great spirit, great diversity, and great programs. There is something for everyone, and every student can find a sense of belonging by associating with a program, a club, or a sport that interests him or her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
Samohi has always offered so much to it's student. Since I can remember when I attended in the early 80's. From Arts to sports, clubs tutors, etc. We are now in the midst of so many cuts that all of these programs are in jeopardy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
I love that we have the houses, because the kids have a staff that will know who they are for the next four years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
I am a grandparent of one current student and two recent graduates of Samo High. I know many students who are grads. They are attending great colleges, and have all the educational advantages of any private school I've heard of. It is a school and an educational system to be proud of.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
Great teachers, good class offerings, diverse population, lots of clubs

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Samohi is a fantastic school that has so much to offer: diversity, high academics, lots of class offerings including many APs, performing arts, a true sense of community... and so much more!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
music department is excellent

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
A successful large public high school in the state of California is a rare thing to find. We graduate 97% of our students in this diverse community of 3000.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
SaMiHi is a very large School, with more than 3,000+ kids -as large as a college, yet the school is trying - and succeeding - in giving personal attention to every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
great teachers, music and arts programs

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
vibrant, caring staff and community; full range of academic courses and extracurricular activities; top quality performing arts programs and athletics

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Impressed with the teachers,attention to college prep, music programs are extraordinary, student body is widely diverse, 5-house system...AND the kids like it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Wonderful teachers, great counselors, supportive community environment

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
This is a wonderful rigorous academic school with fabulous music and athletic programs. Go Vikings!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
It is diverse, has amazing opportunities, is a sports and performing arts powerhouse!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
They have a great curriculum, challenging AP classes, a great art and music program, sports program, to say nothing of the wonderful teachers, staff, volunteers, parents, and community support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
Devoted teachers, caring administration, great college prep.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
SM is a comprehensive public high school dealing well with all that they have to these days... budget cuts, an extremely diverse population, beurocratic demands and everything else that takes teachers away from where their focus needs to be: on educating every student!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Amazing Music and Drama Programs in spite of sever budget cuts!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Despite its size, a community exists in the smaller house system. Fantastic public school with great music/performing arts and ok sports program, despite limited income and state wide budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Although it has a very large number of students and an ever decreasing budget, it works hard to give students a broad education across the board.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Its so awesome because there are so many great teachers and programs that make school fun!!!

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2009
I love this school. After trying a few other high schools, i realize that this one is the one for me. Challenging courses, yet the teachers make them fun and interesting. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
what do i need to say, this school is perfect! great music program and alot of fun clubs for those who want to help the needy

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
My daughters have so much available to them at SAMOHI. There are 7 orchestras, many sports teams to go out for and other alternative PE choices, honors and AP classes as well as regular levels. Though it is a huge school it seems small due to the 6 houses with counselors that the school is broken up into-about 500-800 per house. I was scared to send my kids to SAMOHI-all my fears were for nought. My kids are flourishing and made the honor roll first semester. Classes are challenging and inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2008
I graduated from Samohi in 2002. I would say the school is a well rounded school that prepared me far better for college than some of my private school friends. There are a wide variety of student run and class based clubs, advanced placement classes, sports, and an excellent music program. If you asked me, I would say Samohi is the reason Real Estate values are so high in Santa Monica.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
this is a great school. it has something for everyone. no matter what your intrests are there is a club for it. if there isnt you can easily start one. thanx to Dr. Ford we have a great theater program. The same goes for the music and sports departments. all that is really needed is for the houses to start working together more often and it will be a better school. im graduating this year and will miss it. i dont think there is a better school than this one in the artea let alone the state.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2006
I graduated from Santa Monica in 2004, it was a great school, I was involved in sports, music, clubs, and had high marks. The teachers are wonderful, however there administration and the principle was horrid.

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
Very creative fun cirrcular activities but feel like sometimes the learning was hard on me.

- submitted by a former student
December 26, 2005
My child received a great education at aewright middle school. They have an excellent and suppotive staff.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
Although this school is huge, it is important to note that students can be successful at this school with work and dedication and complete parent support and involvement. With a school this large, it is also crucial that a student be involed in either a club or extra curricular activity in order to thrive socially. Even with the houses in place, it is hard otherwise to have a solid friend base. Extracurricular activities are plenty and suit a wide varity of interests. Most teachers are available for extra help and encourage students to ask for support when needed -- the student needs to really put themselves out there though. Tutoring is also available after school in most subjects. Complete online evaluations and grades are available daily, including homework assignments, to both parents and students (pinnacle)so that everybody is aware of what is goung on. A fantastic tool!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
This school is too large for special attention, so parental involvement is a must if you want your child to succeed. The school focuses on test scores so they do value their curriculum. They do not however evaluate each student's abilities prior to placing them in a class. They encourage all students to take classes above and beyond their graduation requirements with the illusion of getting into a good college, but neglect the need to also have a decent GPA as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
SAMOHI is a fine school. However, it is enormous at over 3000 students. The recent change to assign each student to a house is a great attempt at carving the school up into manageable bits. The overall impression is a giant factory - even if it is well managed, with a smart principal and a very good Superintendant. A student who knows what he/she wants and takes advantage of the many programs will do well. The floundering or shy will get lost in the enormity of it all. Some very good teachers but my student has yet to be inspired, but that may be moe about him than the school. As good as they can do, given the circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
There is lack of consistency throughtout the school, starting with policies such as tardies, absences and small schools. The administration is not responsive to student needs and does not work with teachers to attempt to improve problems arising in the classroom.

- submitted by a teacher
June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2005
Academic program is adequate for about 1/3 of the student body. Music, sports and extracurricular activities are available. Parent involvement is low.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 06, 2005
The school as an excellent staff but a poor administrator. The school needs consistency, especially when it comes to policies. There seems to be a problem with the Houses they have implemented and students and staff do not benefit from this drastic change.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2004
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December 26, 2004
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November 19, 2004
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2004
I think that over all the school is pretty good, the need to get more people informed about what programs they have for their children. I think that this school is open to ideas but also need back off the kids and let them have more social events such as pep rally's thats also important we you go to high school if you can work hard then you are also allowed to have a little time to have some fun.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2004
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September 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
Great school, amazing teachers and a good support staff. Many opportunities for AP students, great sports programs and an amazing music program.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2004
Santa Monica High is like two schools. If your child is motivated in academics and is involved in the 'crown jewels' of the school--sports, music or theater programs--this is the good school. Then you are getting the best of SAMO. Your academically motivated child will also find other academic and club activities. If your child is not a fairly reliable academic student, is not a motivated kid, and is not involved in strong extra-curricular activities--sports, music, or theater--then your child is going to be lost in the 'other' SAMO--the bad one. The teachers and administration are overwhelmed and cannot pay attention to your child like you would want them to. Violence and neglect are realities for those kids. It is a shame. I think there are good teachers and good administrators, but just too many kids and too much to do.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
SAMO has a lot to offer if your child is already a good student. Our son was not and he easily silpped through the cracks. The administration is overwhelmed. It is extremely easy to cut classes. Violence was also a major problem for our boy. Overall, the best thing about SAMO is the music and theatre programs. Unfortunately, our son was not involved with either one. His academics suffered because of his own bad attitude and probably would have any where, but SAMO is too large for the unmotivated kid.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 14, 2003
I have two boys who graduated from SAMO, one this last June and one the June before. The SMMUSD offers an excellent education in a public-school setting and we were more than pleased. Any problems were addressed quickly and praise was also quick to be received, which is a refreshing change. Class size was not too terrible and the extracurricular activities were first rate. Parents were very involved in the various music groups and the music instructors really gave their all. If I had to do it all over again, I would send my boys back to SAMO.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I graduated from this School in '88' and was part of the School Marching Band. This school gave me a edge on life outside of school to make it in this world. I highly recommend sending your children to this school. Also, my brother and sister graduated from here and are doing above average in there lives as well.

- submitted by a former student
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Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90405
(310) 395-3204
Last modified Santa Monica 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.
Santa Monica High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top