Everest Public High School: Full Guide

Location: Redwood City, CA

Are you a student or parent at Everest Public High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Everest Public High available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe Everest Public High is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by Everest Public High students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at Everest Public High
  • Every sports team you can join at Everest Public High

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Everest Public High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Redwood City, CA in San Mateo County.

Based on its location, Everest Public High is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:

Contact Information

Mailing address:

Everest Public High School
455 Fifth Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94063-0116

Phone number: 6503661050

Everest Public High School homepage: http://summitps.org/schools/california/everest

Principal: Christopher Lewine
Email the principal: [email protected]

Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Everest Public High School is 409 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, Everest Public High strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.

Growth in Student Body Size

Is Everest Public High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Everest Public High has increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 65 54 119
10th grade 49 44 93
11th grade 54 51 105
12th grade 44 48 92

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 27 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Redwood City could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Everest Public High. Alternatively, Everest Public High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.

Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Everest Public High School?

From our statistics, Everest Public High has a 52:48 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Everest Public High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in San Mateo County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Everest Public High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.

Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Everest Public High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Everest Public High has a somewhat homogenous student body, with the majority of students identifying as one ethnicity, but not representing over 70% of the student body. Most schools in California fit this profile, so Everest Public High isn't out of the ordinary. Most students attending class with you will be of the predominant ethnicity, but there will be meaningful diversity from other races.

The majority of students at Everest Public High are Hispanic. In California, Hispanic students make up the majority of all students at 51.5%, and are thus the most common ethnicity. Predominantly Hispanic schools are the most common type of homogenous school, and Everest Public High fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.4% 2
Asian 5.1% 21
Hispanic 55.9% 229
Black 3.4% 14
White 29.0% 119
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2.4% 10
Two or more races 3.4% 14

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Redwood City. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.

Income Level of Everest Public High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Everest Public High School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At Everest Public High, 8.8% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 38.1% qualify for free lunches.

This means Everest Public High has a below average level of poverty. With most students not qualifying for free or reduced price lunches, Everest Public High is below average among California schools in poverty level. The income level of families in Redwood City is thus likely to be relatively high.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 36 8.8%
Free lunches 156 38.1%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 217 53.0%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Redwood City and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

Everest Public High is in the middle 50% of schools by income level. Generally, higher income level schools are better-funded and have a higher quality range of classes and activities. Everest Public High is likely in the middle of the pack in this regard and will give you a good set of options to try.

If you have any interests that Everest Public High doesn't cover, look to your local community for activities, or to the Internet for self-study AP classes.

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Academic Performance

Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at Everest Public High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Everest Public High's academics here.

Standardized Testing

Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Everest Public High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Everest Public High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1650 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 58 at Everest Public High take the SAT.

This is a very high average SAT score, putting Everest Public High School in the top 10% of all California high schools. The average student at Everest Public High is already scoring in the 75th percentile nationwide or higher - in fact, 69% of students score above the national average. The top students will likely be competing in the top tier nationwide.

Because the SAT measures academic ability, this is a good sign that you're surrounded by high-achieving peers. If you can keep up with your classmates at Everest Public High - or even exceed them - you'll have a great shot at getting into very competitive colleges.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Everest Public High 553 553 544 1650
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

To learn more about SAT percentile rankings, read our guide on what SAT percentiles really mean.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Everest Public High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 177 students in grades 9-12 at Everest Public High take 307 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Everest Public High is 2.2 out of 5.

Unfortunately, this score puts Everest Public High at below average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the majority of students who take AP tests at Everest Public High don't pass. This performance places Everest Public High School in the bottom 50% of schools for AP tests in California.

This isn't all bad news. It's already good that Everest Public High offers an AP program, so you can start dipping your toes into college-level courses. Some schools are new to offering AP courses, and teachers often get better at preparing students for AP tests. Furthermore, a good number of students still earn a passing grade of 3 or above. With hard work throughout the year, you'll still be able to beat your school's average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:

To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Everest Public High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.

State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Everest Public High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Everest Public High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Everest Public High.

English/Language Arts

At Everest Public High School, 62% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered above average and puts Everest Public High in the top 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Around half of Everest Public High students pass state standards, and around half do not.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the standards have gotten harder with the Common Core, the pass rate at Everest Public High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Everest Public High's roughly average ranking among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)


Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Everest Public High School, 29% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Everest Public High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Everest Public High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)


Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.

Academic Offerings

In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Everest Public High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Everest Public High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Everest Public High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Everest Public High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Everest Public High School offer?

AP Courses

Everest Public High School offers AP courses in 8 subjects.

This is a relatively low number of AP subjects, putting Everest Public High School in the bottom 50% of California schools offering AP courses. You'll likely be able to take the most popular courses like Calculus, English, and US History, but you won't have most other subjects available.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Everest Public High is missing most. If you want to take any AP courses not being offered at Everest Public High, ask your counselor for ideas on how to cover the gap. If you're a strong student, you might consider transferring schools to access a more advanced curriculum.

Of course, keep in mind that even though Everest Public High doesn't offer many AP courses, it might teach the ones it does offer quite well. You can see student performance in the AP score analysis section above.

The following AP courses were offered at Everest Public High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
Spanish Language and Culture
Studio Art: Drawing
United States Government and Politics
United States History

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