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South Anchorage High School

Public | 9-12 | 1545 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2014

I hate this school the only reason why I havent left for service yet is because the JROTC program is amazing and a couple of the teachers are nice and the counselors are very friendly


Posted August 4, 2014

South High is an outstanding comprehensive public high school. The educators are professional and dedicated, and students are well prepared for further education and life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2010

Awesome school!!!few flaws!!great school spirit and parent,teacher student involvement!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

great school.great athletics and academics.THEY DONT LET YOU FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS!!!!!!many choices.student body is warm and inviting!!!few cliques.great teachers all around fantastic school.go there!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2010

I absolutly love South High School!! My oldest daughter is a sophmore now and she is in all honors classes and is doing great!!!! Her and her friends go to math support for lunch which is really making her grades stand out. She plays lots of sports there and it has given her so many great opportunities!!!!Shes also in many clubs and enjoys them all!!!The choices were between south,dimond,and service but she wanted south and i wanted service and we ruled out dimond after much thought because of the things we have heard about the student body and some of the teachers are very peculiar.....but anyways i figured what the heck?!?!and let her try it out and it has been great!!!!!!you have to let your children go here!!!Its beautiful and worth while:) best decision i have ever let my daughter make!!im sending my other daughter and son there no doubt!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

The amount of culture and diversity does not satisfy me, not one bit.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial78%
Native American70%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English84%
Migrant79%
Not migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodation19%

Reading

All Students92%
Female94%
Male91%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial93%
Native American90%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners55%
Proficient in English95%
Migrant86%
Not migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodation33%

Writing

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial89%
Native American90%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learners42%
Proficient in English94%
Migrant86%
Not migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodation29%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female82%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial88%
Native American71%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English83%
Migrant75%
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation55%

Reading

All Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial88%
Native American64%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English90%
Migrant88%
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodation57%

Science

All Students81%
Female81%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander62%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial80%
Native American60%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners20%
Proficient in English83%
Migrant72%
Not migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodation26%

Writing

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial92%
Native American64%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodation48%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
<=25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
<=25%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female89%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial>=90%
Native American71%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English92%
Migrant>=80%
Not migrant91%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial>=90%
Native American>=80%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English96%
Migrant>=80%
Not migrant94%

Writing

All Students87%
Female92%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial>=90%
Native American64%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English88%
Migrant>=80%
Not migrant87%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female33%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White60%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%

Reading

All Students82%
Femalen/a
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English>=80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%

Writing

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant43%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Two or more races 5% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 23%
Black 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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13400 Elmore Rd
Anchorage, AK 99516
Phone: (907) 742-6200

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