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971 East Banta Road
Indianapolis, IN 46227

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(317) 789-4800
(317) 780-4325
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December 07, 2013
I've been at SHS for a year now. Some of the teachers here really seem to care about how well you do and others do not care at all. This school to me mainly cares about it appearance to others than it does its students and education. They spend thousands for this new construction but can't afford enough books for every student to have or decent food. I went to Beech Grove up till the end of my sophomore year I absolutely loved it there and I even attended Perry Meridian and I'd say both schools are better than SHS.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2013
I will say that if you don't have money or your not one of the popular students here then the teachers don't like you. This school is another Manual high school except they discriminate.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I'm a senior at SHS and have been here since freshman year. I won't say this school is perfect but there are definitely opportunities here to go beyond. I don't know what it's like to be in 'normal' classes as I have been on the AP/advanced/IDEA track all four years, but the advanced or gifted and talented classes are really good. And when I say good I mean thought-provoking, difficult, and worthwhile. They take hard work but it has been worth it. I know that I am well prepared for the college search process and really just college in general. And the teachers I have had here are really wonderful, not to mention all of the opportunities there are for extracurricular activities. I must admit that not everyone who goes here is as academic-minded as I am but it is a public school. And if you do well in classes, get involved in some extracurriculars, and do your best, you 'll find there are many like-minded people you will make friends with.

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2013
I graduated from Southport in 2013 and I loved all four years. There is an individualized approach to learning and the faculty goes out of their way to help every students needs. There is something for everyone at Southport. As far as academics go, Southport has a wide variety of AP and Advanced courses available. Socially, there is a great deal of diversity which teaches students social values and tolerance for other cultures. Southport is everything you could look for in a public school; great academics, clubs and sports ranging from football to robotics, amazing faculty, and a wonderful community.

- submitted by a community member
July 08, 2013
I graduated in 2009 from Southport, and I do not recommend any parent send their child to this school. As a parent myself now, I don't want my daughter going to SHS when she is older. The school focuses far too heavily on sports and doesn't care about the more important things. Most of the teachers I had or knew did not care about their students. I did have a few great teachers that made me want to learn, but they have all retired now. On several occasions, a couple of my teachers would come in hung over and late. Doesn't set the bar very high for the students if their "mentors" come in and put on a video so they can sleep at their desks.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
I think this school supports athletes and if you are not popular then you cannot make it through. Plus if your child wants to succeed then you still have the trouble makers around you. And my child had his glasses broken twice since he has been there. No one had done anything, because they are either afraid or intimidated of the other student. They have an anti bullying rule, but no one ever does anything about it. Let's face it I had high hopes, but this school is another Manual High School.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
I graduated from this school last year. Compared to most high schools, this place really isn't that bad. They've got a principal now that really cares about the students. She's slowly turning the school around. As far as academic programs, I feel that they could be tougher. But overall, this is a decent school and one that does not deserve 2/10, hands down.

- submitted by a student
June 27, 2012
I am currently a student at SHS and I can say i looked forward to going to school here, and after two years of being here I can honestly say I'm counting down the days till I'm out. Some teachers care about their students other teachers act like they could care less if we just put our head down a went to sleep. The football and basketball player are treated like kings. And half of them never had the grades to play but the coaches always found a way to cover it up. Half the athletes that graduate shouldn't of even graduated but not only do they graduate , but they get college scholarships. The school is all polictics

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2012
I have one son that has graduated and one that is currently attending. I have found perry schools at the elementary level great. The 6th grade academies are ok, as well as the middle school. Then watch out because then comes high school. The staff is not about the kids oblye about the rules being followed. The students cannot chafe classes as it is too much. To much what?.? Hugh universities let students change their classes in a drop/add session. They have a silly rule that if you are never tardy you can drop a test final. It's ok to be absent- just not tardy. My son has had to miss the entire day instead of going in late because he doesn't want to give up his chance to get out of a final. There is something backwards about this idea. How about the best grades get you out of the final or if you don't miss more than 3 days/ or tardies. I have heard that kids carry weapons. We have a 3 star level. That is comparable to ips schools. All the townships around us have 6-9 stars. Why us there such a change from the middle school to high school? I know our population may account for some test scores discrepancies but the next closest school is 3 stars higher.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
Cliques are NOT a majority here and they don't favor athletes and sports.(FYI im not an athlete)The athletes have to keep up they're grades or they're suspended from the team until they're grades go back up. Education comes first here, not the other way around. The staff cares just fine about the students here. I like going here and i wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I see new students go from being lonely the first day to knowing 20 people by the second. The school is just fine. -Junior

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I also really believe it is up to the child as far as education. A very good school, a little prejudice and when it comes to sports they play favorites. Good luck and be strong to anyone going.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
im a sophmore here. What can I say about southport? Cliques are a majority here, and if your child can't fit in with one group, then they're going to have a hard time at school finding friends. Teachers are favorable to a group of kids. Deans don't care at all. Highly unsatisfactory school and needs to rethink how things are done.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2008
Im a current junior at Southport and I believe that most of the staff believe that sportd are the main reason for going to school. Homework is passed up for lettermen jackets. Im on a publication team at southport and certain teachers favor cliques. Unless you have a child who can play baseball, basketball, or football dont bother sending them here.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
Southport treats athletes above the rest of the student body. A football player can do an offense that would regularly land him in jail, and he gets off without even a suspension. Overall, not the best school. Instead of the bullies getting punished, the victims take all the blame.

- submitted by a student
April 11, 2008
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November 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 13, 2007
My son is a junior this year at Southport High School, he began attending Southport his freshman year after moving from Lawrence Township schools. Since going to Southport my son has gone from a D average student to an honor role student consistently for the last two years and is participating in many activities such as Marching Band, Robotics Club, Winter Drumline as well as a trainer for the baseball team.. Southport offers so many options for him to become involved with many different activities he doesn't have time to get into any trouble. At the Lawrence schools he was struggling to find his place. Southport is a wonderful school with great teachers who care and the Marching Band Program to me is spectacular! I would highly recommend Southport to anyone who may be considering a move to the district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2007
I have a daughter that attending to this school. She really like the school. Music Program need to be improve.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2007
Great quality school. Excellent activities for all.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
Southport High School is surrounded by a very diverse community. It is pretty much a

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
I have 2 daughters in shs right now and have to say that overall the school is pretty good with a few exceptions. Unless it is sports there is no money for any other programs. I paid out hundreds of dollars for my daughter to be on the dance team only to find out that it was not considered a sport. The Spanish club cannot go on trips outside the US but the bowling team can go on a cruise, but then the bowling team is a sport. SHS needs to learn to treat all activities as equals. When my daughters graduate next year, hopefully it will be the last my family will ever go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2006
As a junior at shs, i can say that this is not the school you want your kids going to. There is too much emphasis on sports and not enough on education.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2005
I'm a junior at SHS right now. Even though the school puts way too much emphasis on sports, it is a pretty well rounded school. The majority of the teachers are there to make sure the students actually learn and want to be there for them. The clubs and student activities are numerous. Though, sports seem to be the most important part of the school... and more emphasis needs to be put on education. But the little attention that is put on it, suffices with the teachers that actually do care, unlike some other people. overall, I feel lucky I attend this school and not elsewhere, because it could be a whole lot worse.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2005
I graduated from SHS in 1986 and have a child currently attending. I've been very active in school activities and functions. SHS was part of the desegregation act in Indianapolis dating back to 1981. Black students were bused from middle/lower financial class neighborhoods (north), about 30 miles away, to Perry Township schools. There were many growing pains on both sides. Many northern community kids did not make it to graduation. I call these 'casualties' of the system. Misunderstandings due to cultural differences were rampant. Nearly 20 years later, this school is still struggling with many of the same issues. The northern community students do not feel part of the community and therefore, do not 'connect' themselves to the school and it's activities. SHS has alot to offer but the deseg was a mistake. Diversity is growing in SHS but I don't think the administration is handling it very well.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
Southport acts like sports are all that matter. If you have a student that is in band, orchestra and or choir and want them to become better players/singers southport is not the place. Their main focus is sports and their teams are the best! In most of the classes there are kids which distrupt the class and take class time up. Deans at Southport do much of nothing to prevent this. There are alot of extracurricular activites but only a certain clique is 'allowed' you can say to be in the group. If you dont hang with the 'good' crowd good luck getting anywhere at Southport. Overall I wouldnt recommend Southport to anyone.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2005
I am currently a sophomore at SHS. While the classes are challenging and the teachers are wonderful and caring, [there is]an obvious favoritism to certain cliques, which is highly disgreeable and unfair to all of SHS's students. Aside from this, the school is excellent

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2004
I graduated from SHS in 1971 and I have 2 sons who graduated 1998 and 2003. SHS is a community mainstay in suburban Indianapolis which provides the appropriate mix of college prep and vocational training. Teachers are qualified to teach in their assigned areas. Extracurricular activities abound for students willing to step into them. There is some tension between administration and teaching staff, but that will be resolved with the guidance of strong support from parents and from the central office. District superintendant was named best in Indiana. A real plus for the district!

- submitted by a parent

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Southport High School
971 East Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN  46227
(317) 789-4800
Last modified Southport High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southport High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top