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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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