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South Ridge High School

Charter | 9-12 | 441 students

Our school is best known for our academics.

 

Living in Phoenix

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $72,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $820.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted September 22, 2014

I had heard good things about this school but so far the experience there has not been good. From having a bad long term sub to multiple issues with bus routes and getting students to class on time; if I knew about these issues before my student would NOT be going here. I do not recommend this school to other families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

South Ridge has been more than just a school too me for the last four years. It has been my home. A home where every single studetn has been valued as an equal, a home where every staff and teacher has guided be to the correct course. I have grown up with a graduating class that has learned from the bottom what it means to be a contributing member of society. Each and every action that I do after the school will not only better me as a person but will soon better society as a whole. South Ridge is filled with my heart with warm memories and experiences. It was a fun four years with the proper amount of growth on my mind. The school has created varies oppertunities for me that make my future bright and successful. SouthRidge is the place I will always remember for not only being oneof the greatest high schools ever, but for being one of the most comforting homes ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2012

This school is great! I attended South Ridge for all four years and with the dedicated staff I have grown so much. Whenever you need help the teachers are always there; and also the great office staff helps students make an easier transition from high school to college; and with the high standards on academics it ensures that you excel in college. Thanks to South Ridge I have made a smooth transition to college with a scholarship that will pay for my tuition.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2012

This school year has been filled with many changes at the school. As a parent I am not sure the changes have been for the better. I have noticed a more relaxed attitude that, in my opinion, will not push students to do their best. Before my child knew that everyone, from the teachers to administration, would be on him if he did not do homework or follow the rules. It seems this current administration is more worried about changing dress code policies and having tank-top tuesdays than keeping the rigor that I always appreciated. I am researching other schools in the area that are keeping up with the college preparatory curriculum and may withdrawing my son. I would encourage others to really do their research and think hard before sending their child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

I feel that the school is lacking without the leadership of former principal Clark. While the new principal certainly has a plan...I think....I'm not sure if South Ridge will prepare students for college and life-long learning as the former principal did. The atmosphere of the school now, is much more "laid-back" so to speak and the air of expectation has changed. I'm glad to see more emphasis on athletic programs, but I would hate to see the culture change from "what students need" to "what students want."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2011

I went to this school back in 2006. I was the first graduating senior class. I still visit this school today because it was the best I ever been too. Its very safe,challenging, and fun to be there. Both teachers and principal (Clark) wants the best for each students on campus. They like to push each students to do better because they believe all children can be very successful. I'm deaf I was pushed to succeed and was never picked on by others. I was well respected by all that surrounded me. I definately recommend any parent to send their child here for the best. I hope I can send my son there when he gets old enough :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2011

Yeah srhs is a small high school with little over 500 people, but this school by far is the best school I have ever been to in phoenix. They won't take falling as an option, they teachers truly do care, and the principal is the best principal any school could ever had. Every students opinion is welcomed. The students are all friendly and welcoming. I love this school. Its the best school ever created...beside harvard. Yeah it might not have a gym or aditorium but it doesn't matter cause its not needed. I would recommened this school to every teen who plan on doing something big with there life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2010

It is true that this school cares about its reputation. However, don't we all? The reputation at SRHS is one defined by great students, great teachers, and a superb administration. I am tempted to say that it goes beyond a reputation and is truly a fact. The reason why we have this reputation, and most importantly the reason why we take of it is because we all- everyone- works hard to make SRHS a place where kids who would otherwise not be pushed and allowed to reach their highest potential, a place where they can, and do just that. There are some things that students know SRHS does not have, such as a gym. Yet, once a new student is completely dialed in at South Ridge. Once he/she takes his/her first class, all the trivial things lose significance. This is a school that demands industrious, passionate, and dedicated commitment from everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2010

My daughter attends south ridge and it is the best of the best. No messing around, strong boundaries, rules, expectations for success. The kids are expected to be responsible and are held to a high standard. Simple the best preparation for college and life. God bless them all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

I can't believe anyone could have anything bad to say about South Ridge. Maybe some students just don't like being held to high expectations and told to work hard. My daughter is a 9th grader here and this is the only school I would trust to prepare her for college. Any student would be lucky to attend here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

South Ridge is not a school I would recommend. All they seem to care about is getting money and their reputation. Its like they don't let students live a real HS expirience. They have outrageous rules. I wouldn't go back even if they paid me. Any student can succeed at any school, not just here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2010

I can't believe my son will be graduating this year. The last 3 years have motivated and helped my son tremendously to be prepared for what lies ahead. Thank you and keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I love this school my son is a freshman this year and so far has gotten all A's and B's. The teacher really care here. My son loves the school he has made alot of friends and also made the football team he has come a long ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

I have been teaching at Southridge for 4 years and I have seen lives transformed there. Southridge is in a low income neighborhood and the area is seen as not very good. Many people think that the kids from this area are never going to get anywhere. I'm here to tell you...our kids are superstars! I have seen kids who didn't have a chance to succeed in large school become honors students at Southridge. Our small campus and caring administration has truly changed this area for the better. 100% of our 2008-09 graduates are going to college. Our standarized test scores are high. If you are looking for the best school for your determined child, this is it! Don't let the word 'charter' scare you off. We are a college prep school and I am proud of my school, students, and administration.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2009

I love this school it has changed my life. The teachers are amazing and the administration is respectful and honest. SRHS makes its students be responsible for their actions. SRHS is the greatest school i've ever gone to and I recommend it for anyone who is serious about getting a good education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

My son has been attending South Ridge since January I am very happy with his progress his grades have improved and his teachers stay in close contact to let me know how he is doing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

I have been a parent since this school opened. Each year they seem to get even better. South Ridge worked so well with my oldest son, my 2 youngest children go there now. South Ridge always puts the kids needs before anything else. They really want to assist every child in succeeding and becoming the best they can be. I have seen them work hard for other children that are not mine. I tell everyone I know how awesome this school is. I am a very proud parent of 2 students at South Ridge High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

Another year has gone by and South Ridge continues to grow.... I can only imagine that this will become one of the best schools in the area. The curriculm, safety, and teahcer/administration participation gets a 10. My daughter has never been so sad to leave a school liked she has now, she has now graduated and will be moving on into the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

I want to take the moment to thank South Ridge with all their help this year. My son not only passed his AIMS test but exceeded in his writing which made him very happy. All year South Ridge held workshops and provided the students with practice packets even during the winter and spring break which I thought was useless but see that all this benefited him and many others at the school from the feedback I received from him. South Ridge is still pretty much new and even though some parents might hesitate to take them their, it will be the best move you'll make, I truly believe this. My son would have been a # at Trevor Browne but I now he counts at South Ridge...... thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Well, I used to be a student at South Ridge and I can truly say that it is possible for the student to get the best education. The staff is overwhelming, professional, and honorable. The principal, is in fact, the best in the Midwest Valley, of Phoenix, Mr. Kerry Clark. I can recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a student


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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 62% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 75% 43%
White 12% 42%
Black 9% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A47%
Female 57%N/A49%
Male 43%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 32% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 6% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Arizona State University
Grand Canyon University
Northern Arizona University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A rated School (2012)
  • Silver-US News and World Report (2013)
  • Bronze: US News and World Report (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Melissa Rivers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (623) 247-0527

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • AP and Dual Enrollment
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Game club
  • JSA
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
145
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
200

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona University
New Mexico State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 32%
4 year college - 50%
Military - 6%
Vocational - 2%
Workforce - 10%
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1122 S. 67th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85043
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Phone: (623) 247-0106

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