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9-12
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Denver, CO
Students enrolled: 1,400
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1700 East Louisiana Ave
Denver, CO 80210

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(720) 423-6000
(720) 423-6280
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November 24, 2014
The principals only care about test scores and sports. All students are not of their concern. Do not go here!

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2014
South is a special place that truly must be experienced to really understand how unique it is among all other Colorado high schools. Visionary leaders and thoughtful, engaging teachers. Incredible.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
There is a culture of inclusiveness and positivity permeating the halls of Denver South. My daughter is just completing her freshman year and South has far surpassed our expectations. She is already earning college credit and could potentially earn more credit if she did well on her AP exams. We love the international students and have realized that the roughly 25-25-25-25 attendance breakdown by race/ethnicity creates a very compelling dynamic. You won't experience any of this in any other Colorado high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Our daughter is a freshman at Denver South this year. She grew up in the neighborhood and had other high schools she could have chosen to attend but wanted to go to South and has never regretted it. She takes regular, in AP and honors classes, utilizes tutoring and has a good relationship with her supportive teachers. She is involved in sports and in a leadership building elective. She, and we, enjoy the diverse student body which helps her understand different points of view and she has found friends and kindred spirits. We are so glad she is a part of Denver South and so is she!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Denver South High school is a hidden gem in the DPS system! The diversity at South is a treasure that is unparalleled and creates a rich learning environment, an opportunity for the students to not only study other cultures in textbooks, but from their fellow students. The teachers at South embrace their unique opportunity, and are led by Dr. Kristin Waters, who is in no uncertain terms, a rock star, charismatic leader, and Principal who is willing to think outside the box and not afraid to implement new ideas.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Excellent cultural environment. Teachers, staff & Principal are awesome. It would be fun to have a music band for all our great sports games.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Denver South High School My son is a freshman at Denver South High School. We absolutely love the diversity of Denver South. Everyone is from somewhere else so there are no clicks or majority/minority. Students seem to focus more on what can bring them together than what separates them. I have been so impressed by the quality of students that I have interacted with and my son is truly happy to go to school each day! As a parent I also love the communication between the teachers and home as well as the accessibility of the school administration. I know we made a great choice in choosing Denver South! A bonus is that they have great athletics programs and many of the athletes are honors or AP students. Student athletes are held to a higher standard than at other schools we looked at and this was important to me as a parent. At South my son is treated as a young man, a student then an athlete (in that order).

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I teach French and Spanish at Denver South High School. I love working at South because it is by far the best high school in Denver Public Schools. The student body is very diverse, and our principal, Dr. Kristin Waters is doing an outstanding job. It takes great leadership to run a school as diverse as South. Too bad, my youngest graduated high school last year, or else he would be attending South!

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
I have found South HS to be very open to assisting my daughter and willing to work with me to understand her needs and learning challenges. I really appreciate the teachers being willing to contact me and inform me about what they are working on, what tasks my daughter needs to do, and how I can support her at home. This is very important to me as her parent!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
This is my second year at South and I have truly been pleased with my children's academic experience here. The teachers are engaged and push the students to aim high. The diversity and culture at South asked the students to interact and learn about other nationalities that you won't find in other schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
My school is a great academic environment,..... it's friendly, warm and inviting to students, staff and parents!

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
There's something special happening at South. When I walk these halls I see diversity being celebrated in the athletics, classrooms and friendships that thrive here. There is an atmosphere of respect and an honest desire to learn from our students. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it and cannot wait until my own 2 children walk through these doors as Rebels.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
South High School is full of wonderful students with different backgrounds. Every child has an opportunity to grow and learn from different perspectives.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
My school is one of the most extraordinary high schools on the planet. With students from all over the world, it is impossible to not expand your perspective and understanding of the world at large when you go to South. I am impressed by my colleagues and their commitments to our kids. Next year my beloved niece will start school at South--having come from a very privileged and fancy education myself, I would NEVER let my niece attend a school that I did not believe offered an EXCELLENT education. I am so proud to work here.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
My school is a place I look forward to going to everyday. The students, community, and staff contribute to an atmosphere of mutual respect, diversity, and continuous learning that is palpable throughout the school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 28, 2014
I love this school. I came from a worse school, and this is an improvement. I love the variety of students from different places all over the world. The principal and teachers actually seem involved and seem to care about the students. The students seem interested in learning and are accepting of everyone. I recommend this for your child; and if they feel they don't fit in or afraid of being bullied, they don't have to worry about it here.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2014
I love South. It is literally the best school I've ever attended. I transferred from Wheat Ridge my junior year, and instantly fell in love with the charm this school has to offer. I have had a few issues with some teachers, but that's expected. I've also had some incredible teachers. South is also very diverse. At least 5 kids in each of my classes are from a different country. What a way to learn about about the world! I'm graduating this spring but can't wait to come back and visit. Would definitely reccomend this school!

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2013
I highly recommend South High School to parents searching for a school that is culturally diverse to embrace the chance to get to know the students, teacher and staff. I have enjoyed the atmosphere every time I go to South I learn a few new words of a different language spoken. As a parent of two teenagers at South the school has broadened there horizons. They are taking honors, AP classes and succeeding my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Our family has recently experienced how caring the teachers and staff at South are. My daughter has had some health issues which inluded being hospitalized 2 times and missing at least 11 days of school. Each teacher made sure to check in with her when she was able to attend school and they are helping her catch up. Everyone was concerned for her wellbeing. I would like to also add that her big sister (South Alum) is a Freshman at CSU, is currently taking advanced courses & is earning 4 points in all her classes

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
We do good work here. I am bringing my own daughter here. She wil have more opportunities at South than at her home school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2012
I was new to South High School last year as a staff member. What an incredible GEM this school holds inside of it's walls! There is a high standard of academic excellence along with students from 60 different countries. We also host students from the beautiful Wash Park Neighborhood. How great to see ALL students getting along, learning from each other and thriving in a multi-cultural environment. I'm lucky to be here...

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2012
South High School has a trove of dedicated and talented teachers with a culturally diverse student population. In my opinion, no other school in the district compares with South High.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2012
This school is one of those gems that have incalculable value. I grew up in international private schools overseas and am amazed at the diversity within South High School. When I was offered a job at South I thought it'd be like all schools touting "we are diverse"- not so, this is truly a unique school. All the teachers work extremely hard and are passionate about what they do. Students benefit especially in this global and connected world. I've talked to many people in the community who are ambivalent about South, but they miss the message- would you rather have a sports car that can go from 0-60 in 5 seconds or a van that offers beautiful view of the Grand Canyon, the south of France that you can share with friends and receive an incalculable experience? Which one is more valuable- I'll leave that up to you to choose. What I learned in my undergrad (and take into my graduate work) is that you get what you put into an endeavor. I am a confident South supporter and teacher. If you' d consider traveling the world as a positive experience, you'll consider South as such.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2012
I just started working at South. I have been in DPS since 1990, and I think South is the best kept secret in Denver Public Schools. The administration is definitely top notch. The faculty and staff are very positive and I really like that. Only great things can happen in this type of healthy environment. I expect to have a great year of success because the administration is doing everything right; I feel I am being set up to be the very best I can possibly be for my students.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2012
Great principal, rigorous and caring teachers, and a true community feeling in an excitingly diverse population.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2012
South is one of the top schools in the Metro Area. Where else can you find high academic standards and a true international focus. South is a representation of what the world can be when we work together and value each other. It is amazing.

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2012
What an amazing school! South has such a fabulous student body and staff. My child was taking 11 grade classes there as an 8th grader and the students really embraced her instead of teasing her for being smart. They would even text her to remind her of the schedule change since she was only there for one class. She has been a full time student now for over a year and we have such a long list of wonderful things about the school staff and student body.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
South has provided an amazing experience for my 2 kids. The teachers are dedicated and excellent, and there are academic challenges for everyone. The counselors and staff advocate for the kids and are proactive in communication. The united nations demographic has given my kids a greater understanding of cultures beyond and within our borders, and a deeper appreciation and empathy for people not as fortunate as themselves. My son continues to talk with reverence about international day and the beauty of the various dances and clothing/costumes exhibited that day. Our principle was personally acknowledged by the president in his state of the union address for her excellent leadership. My devotion and flat out reverence for South will last the rest of my life. My children's brains have been challenged and coaxed in a nurturing, secure environment of cooperation and global culture. When another parent first told me about this school (not our home school), she actually got teary, and she worked for another high school in the same district. I am so grateful she said something to me.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
South has not only a diverse student body, but an inclusive one. You can tell that the students, teachers, and administration enjoy one another and work hard to make it a welcoming place for all. My son has had wonderful educational opportunities both academic and social. When there have been challenges the teachers have been right there supporting and advising. When he excels the teachers take time out to not only let him know, but call me and let me know. Moving him from a magnet school to South was the best decision we ever made for his academic success. I know when it comes time for him to head to college he will be well prepared.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2012
I had a senior graduate in May (begins college in the fall) and another student who will continue on as a junior. The classes are small, the teachers are well prepared and experienced, and they really care about their students. I have always been able to talk to a teacher with any questions or concerns; they make it a point to be available to students and parents. The SHS athletics program also gives us something to cheer about. Reading online reviews is great, but the best way to see what's going on is to visit the campus and maybe even take time to attend a PTSA meeting. It will be time well spent.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
An excellent neighborhood school with an extremely diverse student body. It offers the programs of a big school but has the feel of a small school. It's small enough that kids can try a variety of activities and find their passions by participating in sports, drama, clubs, and many other activities. Teachers have been excellent. Plenty of rigor but very little snobbishness.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
My daughter graduated from South High in 2012. She came away from South High with three AP classes in which she scored high enough to receive college credit. She also was encouraged to take college classes while at South. She performed in plays, participated in student leadership, and played in sports. She had good friends and caring teachers and counselors. South is a great neighborhood school. She had friends from African, Lebanon, and Washington Park. It was a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
My son just finished his freshman year and had the great fortune of taking an AP class and scored a 4 on the test. How lucky am I as a parent? He had great instructors, made wonderful friends and experienced more than I could hope for. What a jewel of a high school! Excellent leadership as well.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
Denver South High has been a good fit for my step-son. He's a very bright kid who needs to be academically challenged, but he also has emotional issues that require sensitivity and patience. The teachers, deans and coaches have been encouraging and supportive. He's been academically challenged to just the right point, and he has made many diverse friends from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
Not a bad school but not a great on either! Students are the type to just get by and not care about college..."Metro State Kids" the teachers have been a big part of keeping this school above water, i am surprised that in the high income community surrounding South High School this school would be at a higher level than it is. But unfortunately the surrounding community opts to pick better private schools.

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February 02, 2010
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no rating September 16, 2009
This is a wonderful, multi-cultural school with fabulous teachers, especially the English department. The chem teacher is outstanding The school is a magnet for ESL students, and that gives ita really welcoming and multi-cultural flavor. It also has an Avid program, great X and AP classes and a fine choir. Lets hope the new principal keeps up the school's culture and reputation, and doesn't change much.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2009
Not a good school they let the children do what ever they want

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2009
I have had one son complete 4 years and get accepted to college at UCD, and I have another starting this fall. It seems to stand on par with the other major high schools in Denver. None do well on overall ratings, but they do offer solid opportunity to kids who want to learn and go to college. That said, a major component of the South student population and probably other DPS HS also, does not seem to value the education opportunity. Consequently they create the need for extra security and discipline enforcement. Also, this component will pull down scores as I have seen how this shows itself as kids progress from junior to senior year. In a class of over 400 in junior year, less than 300 made it in as a senior on schedule. Kids with good capability are directed to honors and AP classes, the others don't.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
My Son just graduated from South and is going to an elite top tier college. He had a terrifc experience in a safe and very organized school. His teachers were outstanding with higher level educational degrees. The only reason South has a low rating is because non english speaking students from 42 different countries also go there and they are required by law to take the CSAP tests which then gives South low rating. This really has nothing to do with the quality of education that occurs at South. I highly recommend parents look and tour South before you make a decision based soley on ratings.This is a beautiful fusion of cultures that prepares kids for the global future.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
I cannot even begin with South high school. it is a great school to start out with. When i first came to that school, i felt welcome. its inviting, safe, and has a friendly atmosphere. i completely recommend it to every parent with a kid going into the 9th grade becasue it is an excellent school

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 06, 2009
This school is really great working with students 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
if you are looking for diversity and a good extar curriculum and excellent teachers this is a great school !!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
South is an excellent school. It is an international school, and it is very high in cirriculim.

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August 17, 2008
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August 14, 2008
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May 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 13, 2008
South High School is a terrific comprehensive program with a mini united nations for its' student body. If you want your child to get a fine academic base for college and have a global perspective than this is the high school for you.

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May 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
I have a child with a disability, which makes it difficult for her to be anywhere for long periods of time. South has always worked with me to create the best possible solutions to keep my daughter in school and I deeply appreciate their support.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
My child hates it there. She finds the classes boring and pointless. Its pretty scary for me as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2006
South High School has a strong academic program for college bound kids. The Honors and AP level courses are excellent. My son has had an outstanding first two years at South. I think he is being well prepared for college. Because South has such a diverse student body, my son is getting a more global view of the current world. I could not get that in the most expensive private school. That in itself is part of an outstanding package at South High School. I strongly suggest parents check out this school. It is very unusual to find a high school that is so warm and inviting to kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
South high school is one of the most diverse schools in Denver. South has many wonderful programs to offer, ranging from the traditional sports to a state winning ROTC program. The academics at South are good but do need a a little bit of improvement. teacher parent communication is great, as well as student teacher communication. Overall South is a wonderful school to attend, I was a student at south and loved every minute of it.

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February 22, 2006
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We are located in southeastern edge of beautiful Washington Park. Denver's South High School serves not only the surrounding community but also students from various parts of Denver and is the magnet high school for International Students in Denver Public Schools. Our students represent over 60 countries! The dedication and commitment of the teachers and staff to give every student who walks through it's doors a world-class education is one of South's outstanding accomplishments.

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South High School
1700 East Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO  80210
(720) 423-6000
Last modified South High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top