San Marino High School (SMHS) is a leader in student academics, arts, and athletics. As such, SMHS offers 15 honors courses: Algebra 2, English 3-4, Advanced Digital Film, Adv. Journ. & Yearbook, Advanced Financial Literacy, Geometry, Calculus, Humanities Seminar, Caltech STEM Research Math Analysis, Dance Company, Physics, Drama, Chamber Singers, English 1-2. Additionally, SMHS offers 16 Advanced Placement courses: American Government, English Language, Art, English Literature, Biology, Environmental Science, Calculus AB, Calculus BC
Chinese Language, Spanish Language, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science, World History, US History, Macroeconomics
In 2018-19, 227 Seniors took the SAT and students at SMHS scored in the 89th percentile nationally, earning an overall mean score of 1337, an English mean score of 642, and math mean score of 695. In 2018, 105 graduates took the ACT earning an average composite score of 28.4. Additionally, the class of 2019 has 8 National Merit Semifinalists.
SMHS also offers a variety of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses, such as Digital Arts, Architectural Design, Advanced Architecture, Computer Graphics, Advanced Computer Graphics, Media Arts, Advanced Media Arts, Media Fieldwork, Introduction to Coding, Introduction to Computer Science, Fashion Design, Animation, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship. Moreover, SMHS provides award-winning Visual and Performing Arts Education. In 2018-19, the SMHS Marching Band earned marks of excellence at the Rowland High School Field Tournament and the Glenn A Wilson High School Field Tournament, earning 1st place for Marching Band, 1st place for Drum Line, and 1st place for Color Guard. Additionally, Marching Band earned 1st place, Color Guard 2nd place, and Drum Line sweepstakes at the Baldwin Park High School Field Tournament and the Los Altos High School Field Tournament. The SMHS Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble both earned a superior rating at the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association Adjudicated Festival.
Students at SMHS participate in athletic competition through the Rio Hondo League in all the following; co-ed badminton, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls golf, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls water polo, boys and girls wrestling, boys and girls cross country, football, and boys and girls volleyball. Throughout its history, SMHS has won over 300 league titles and over 70 CIF championships. In addition, SMHS has nearly 600 student-athletes participating which accounts for nearly 60% of all students. Nearly every sport features both Junior Varsity and Varsity level competitions with several also including freshman level.
Students at SMHS also participate in one of the most decorated Speech and Debate teams in the country which has earned hundreds of honors over the past decade along with an equally competitive and honored Robotics team both of which compete nationally. The yearbook and publications programs have also earned high honors with the annual Titanium yearbook earning National Scholastic Press Association’s National Pacemaker Award 2011, Pacemaker Finalist Award 2012, 2015, All American Honors Awards 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, Best of Show Awards 2011, 2012, 2016, as well as the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown Award 2013, Gold Medalist Certificates 2012, 2013, 2014, and the Yearbooks at the Beach Journalism Camp’s Awards for Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017. The annual Titan Musings Literary Magazine has also earned the National Scholastic Press Association’s National Pacemaker Finalist Award 2017, All American Honors Award 2017, and First Class Honors Award 2018.