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South Junior High School

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Posted June 22, 2014

This school has a stupid uniform policy. Drug use is rampant. The teachers have a watered-down curriculum that caters to getting the most passed. Disappointing. My son's final exam in science was to write a letter to to new students the following year. No scientific content at all. Just a this what to expect from the course.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I have been very disappointed with South since the day my child started. First with the unnecessary uniform policy. They are tacky and do not promote anything other than teaching our children to be sheep. Oh wait, all the purple, green and orange haired kids aren't sheep. So what are they trying to do with their uniform policy? Make everyone look like Larry Gebhert? There is a dress code available in Boise School District that they seem to be too lazy to enforce. Their lack of commitment to providing services to children who are at the upper end of the learning scale is reprehensible. If you aren't failing or causing trouble and if your grades are are passing then nope, you get nothing, no enrichment, just boring memorization. Doesn't matter if you were in a full time GATE program, all that has gone to waste. There is no high bar for achievers. There are no in depth research projects, there is just pass this automated test. I wish my child didn't have to go there. I tried to enroll them at other schools but was unable to do so as they were all full or cost prohibitive. If you are looking for a good school, South is not it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of my child's teachers and how much they enjoyed their jobs and their students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

I have two honors students that have gone through South (my youngest is now in 9th grade). They have both had an education that has prepared them to have test scores in the 95+% and strong grades. The environment has been safe and friendly. Staff is wonderful, principal is great. The school is knocked for being more "rough" but we've liked the diversity. There are opportunities to shine and I don't feel my kids have been held back. My oldest is now at Borah and has just as many AP classes to choose from as at Boise high but she has smaller class sizes which I appreciate. I loved having uniforms at South and wish that we still had this at Borah. The music and sports opportunities at South are strong. Overall, I have been really happy with South and wish the school didn't have such a bad rap. If more bench area families enrolled their kids at South instead of putting them in charter schools or open enrolling to other junior high schools, I think the overall test scores would be higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

South is a great junior high. I love the new building and school uniforms. Teachers are involved and helpful. Great librarian and band teacher! Lots of technology--beautiful auditorium. Great principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

The star above says it all. Definetly one of the worst schools in Boise. Thank You.


Posted November 21, 2004

I love our school. The communication line between parents and teachers are awesome. I have a gripe about our 7th grade boys lightweight Championship football game. The opposing team Fairmont took our boys Championship away from them by using teammembers from their other football teams (older and larger) to win. It was not the same team and nothing was done about it. There is a reason at the beginning of the season to seperate the lightweights from the heavyweights and seperate the older kids from the younger kids. That reason being safety and fairness. It should have been upheld throughout the season to the end. Our young men worked hard and deserved a fair shot at the Championship. Its not enough to say ' if Fairmont can live with what they did (cheat to win), so be it.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 75% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 62% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students65%
Female70%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Special education22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)27%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students67%
Female70%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Special education22%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Special education48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)41%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female41%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Special education26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students65%
Female70%
Male59%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Special education23%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)3%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students66%
Female64%
Male69%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Special education32%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)63%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Special education38%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)9%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female56%
Male67%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Special education44%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education56%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)48%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 78%
Hispanic 15% 16%
Black 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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3101 Cassia St
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: (208) 854-6110

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