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Southport High School

Public | 9-12 | 2137 students

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Posted December 7, 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


Posted December 1, 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted August 5, 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.


Posted July 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted August 3, 2007

Great quality school. Excellent activities for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

Southport High School is surrounded by a very diverse community. It is pretty much a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
37%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

561 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
25%
English

The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

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55%
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25%
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SAT participation

56%

Average SAT score

923

Graduation rate

93.8%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of graduates taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Starting College

How many graduates from this school ...


Enroll in college immediately after high school graduation1

This school

 
 
44%

State Average

 
 
64%

Need remediation, or help strengthening basic skills2*

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31%

State Average

 
 
31%

First year

How well prepared for college are these graduates?*


Average first year GPA (out of 4.0)2
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2.6
State Average

Average number of units completed in first year2
21
This school
30
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Sticking with it

How many college-going students...*


Enroll in college for a second year3

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68%

State Average

 
 
75%
1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
2Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
* Of those that went to Indiana public postsecondary institutions

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 72%
Asian 13% 2%
Black 13% 12%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Multiracial 4% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 15%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Perry Township Elementary Schools
Southport 6th Grade Academy
Southport Middle School
Colleges most students attend after graduation IUPUI
Indiana University
Ivy Tech
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Spanish
Chin
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AP District Honor Roll (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: ASL, Spanish, German, French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • 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
  • 7:25 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:20 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms Barbara Brouwer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (317) 780-4325

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chin
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Best Buddies
  • Chess club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language club: ASL, Spanish, German, French
  • Key Club
  • Marching band
  • National Honor Society
  • Quidditch
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
School colors
  • crimson, white
School mascot
  • Cardinal
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Students typically come from these schools
Perry Township Elementary Schools
Southport 6th Grade Academy
Southport Middle School

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
IUPUI
Indiana University
Ivy Tech
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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