San Marcos High School

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Facts at a Glance

Facts at a Glance

Established in 1958, San Marcos has a rich history and established reputation for strong academic success, co-curricular activities, and significant community involvement. San Marcos operates on a 4 x 4 Block Schedule, with four terms per year. Each class period is 86 minutes in length (Thursdays are late start days with 78 minute periods.) In addition, there is a 25 minute intervention period between 2nd period each day except Thursday.  A full schedule is three classes per term. Final grades and credits are given at the end of each term. In addition to completing a minimum of 220  units/credits for graduation (Class of 2016), all students are required to complete 60 hours of community service.
  • Academic Departments: 11
  • Honors courses: 7
  • Advanced Placement courses: 17
  • Regional Occupational courses (ROP): 7
  • Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment courses: 14
  • Academies–Health Academy; AAPLE (Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment); Entrepreneurship Academy; Culinary Program

Mission Statement

The San Marcos community will provide each student with an academically challenging and meaningful standards-based education in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

A strong academic foundation enhanced by varied elective, vocational, and student activity programs provide the best opportunity for students to
  • understand and respect diversity
  • balance individual and civic responsibility
  • participate in an increasingly technological society
  • take responsibility for their own learning and personal development

Our goal is to help our students A.C.E. their education by helping them become
  • Academic Achievers
  • Community Participants
  • Effective Thinkers/Communicators

Student Body

2014-2015 Enrollment by Grade
Total enrollment–2124

9th grade – 578

10th grade – 583

11th grade – 464

12th grade – 451

2014-2015 Student Ethnic Distribution
Hispanic (not white) – 54.4%

White/Caucasian – 38%

Asian – 2.7%

African American – 0.8%

American Indian/Alaskan Native – 0.6%


*32% of our students qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program