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About This School
Contact Information (School Year 2018—19)
Last updated: 12/12/2018
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2018—19)
Established in 1958, San Marcos High School employs approximately 93 teachers, 7.5 counselors, and 5 administrators. The school is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and was named a California Distinguished School in 1994 and 2005. In 2015, San Marcos received a California Gold Ribbon School Award and was honored as a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School. San Marcos High School is located in a suburban area two miles from the city of Santa Barbara, California, with a greater metropolitan population of 220,000. Many residents are middle-class or blue-collar with a significant number of first generation and non-English speaking families.
San Marcos operates on an “Academic Focus” Block Schedule, with four terms per year. Each class period is 86 minutes in length. A full schedule after 9th grade is considered three classes per term. Final grades and credits are given at the end of each term, which equates to a semester under other systems. All students are required to complete a minimum of 220 units/credits for graduation. In addition to these academic requirements, all students are required to complete 60 hours of community service. Weighted grades are given in Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment courses, the most rigorous classes offered at the school. Honors classes are offered in core courses in grades 9 and 10. AP courses are taken primarily by students in grades 11 and 12. AP course offerings include American Government, Biology, Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Micro and Macro Economics, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, French, Latin, Psychology, Physics 1 and 2, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. History and World History. Dual Enrollment classes with Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) are offered on campus in English, Calculus, Construction Technology, Statistics, Spanish, Professional Development, Marketing, Finance (Entrepreneurship) Culinary and Auto. College credit and a weighted grade are given to students who successfully complete these courses. Students may also complete required coursework through Dual Enrollment courses on the SBCC campus.
San Marcos also offers several well respected Academy programs. Students enrolled in the Health Careers Academy take a core health class followed by a curriculum of related Santa Barbara City College classes taught on campus. The Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment (AAPLE) is a program designed to offer the most rigorous 4 year academic pathway while simultaneously providing hands-on, enrichment opportunities for a diverse group of the highest achieving students. The Entrepreneurship Academy is a three year program that provides students with the knowledge and skills to springboard their own entrepreneurial visions into action through rigorous coursework, relevant experience in local business community partnerships and student run business ventures. 2014 was the beginning of a Culinary Program offering dual enrollment credit with Santa Barbara City College. The Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC) is a model California Schools Gold Ribbon program that is designed to close the achievement gap by utilizing advanced and honors courses to guarantee college readiness for low-income, underrepresented Latino students. A staffed Career Center offers guidance programs including The Majors Program, job shadowing and internships. All San Marcos students are encouraged to attend college and are counseled to follow a college preparatory track that will fulfill the course requirements for admission to the University of California or California State school system. Students are required to complete a 10-year college and career-readiness plan prior to beginning tenth grade. In 2014 the school added a 25 minute intervention period to the daily schedule called “Royal Time” to provide targeted intervention class support for students that received any D or F grades in the previous grading period.
San Marcos has numerous student led clubs and organizations. There are 60 male and female interscholastic sports teams. The school is a member of the Channel League and CIF. Over the years, San Marcos has won many league and CIF championships as has consistently received the highest number of CIF Academic Team Championships in the Southern Section. During the 2016-17 school year the Royals won a record 10 Channel League Championships. Outstanding programs at San Marcos are the nationally recognized Performing Arts Program that includes theater, instrumental and vocal music groups. The school fields a successful Mock Trial team that has won a highly competitive county competition numerous times as well as competing at the state and national level. An award winning school newspaper is published ten times a year by students in the journalism class. The video production class produces daily features and a weekly 10-minute news and entertainment program that has won several awards. All students are required to participate in two years of directed school activity such as athletics, drama, band, choir, or physical education. Honor societies include the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and National Honor Society (NHS).
The learning community of San Marcos High School is responsible for providing all students an academically challenging education. A rigorous curriculum, a broad and varied elective program, and a range of student activities provide multiple opportunities for our students to succeed. High expectations for achievement and behavior facilitate the development of students as academic achievers, community participants, and effective thinkers and communicators. We remain committed to fostering a supportive school climate that celebrates diversity; promotes healthy self-esteem; and enhances positive relationships among students, staff, parents, and community members.
San Marcos High School will provide a rigorous and relevant standards based curriculum in a safe and supportive environment to equip all students for college and career readiness.
A strong academic foundation enhanced by a wide variety of elective, career pathway and programs provides a unique opportunity for students to:
- Understand and respect diversity.
- Balance individual and civic responsibilities.
- Positively contribute and successfully adapt to a rapidly changing world.
- Assume responsibility for their actions, learning and personal growth.
Last updated: 1/17/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2017—18)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/18/2018
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2017—18)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||1.0 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.6 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||55.3 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.0 %|
|Two or More Races||0.2 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||50.3 %|
|English Learners||12.2 %|
|Students with Disabilities||15.0 %|
|Foster Youth||0.2 %|