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Olathe South Sr High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 2037 students

 

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Posted December 4, 2009

I like south it is a very good school with very helpful teachers that really care about you and will do anything to help you suceed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

The teachers are involved with the students, how they care about their students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

I graduated from Olathe South and had an excellent experience as a student. I had teachers who honestly cared about me and wanted me to succeed. There were a variety of programs and activities that I could participate in. Olathe South is a great school, has great faculty and much to offer students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2006

Students are placed under stress to acheive better scores than the year before them. Since Dr. Poss left, several things have slacked off. Students seem get away with more then they should. Sports are good, however, second to most. athletes get a lot of attention. Very cliquey. Drill team is very good, cheerleaders good also, I guess. Some sports and organizations are overlooked much more than others. Band program has been going downhill since Keifer left. Phil Clark is a nice man, just lacking in some areas, like keeping the students under control at times. Very laid back.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 18, 2005

The sports are great, but unless your student is an athlete, this school is worthless. They have unmotivating teachers and a principal who sets no examples with his leadership. The entire school is being ran into a mire. Transfer to another school if you can. Everything will improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Olathe South is a great school. The teachers here are second to none, and they really want each child to exceed. Olathe South has great activities that students can get involved in. The drill team is top notch, as are the cheerleaders, and many of the sports are top in the state. Everyone is given the opportunity to succede and to be a part of something great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2004

The principal is trying his hardest to get all of his students involved in school and activities. Though student interactions could improve the whole district has shown need to icrease in this area. Pressure is put on all to acheive thier best academicly and score as high as they can on assesment test. This school best prepares students for college and places high emphasis on AP testing and preparing their students. The sports teams are great and always supported by a good crowd. The preforming arts staff works great together and the crowd actually cheers at football games when the marching band comes out. The parent group is highly involved and coordinates many activities with the Student Council but needs more parents to be involved in this organization.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2003

The Principals need to work harder on earning trust with the students. They are not organized, and they need to work on the right treatments for students and their problems.
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

473 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

486 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2012.

492 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2009.

477 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Science

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U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2012.

502 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
African American75%
Hispanic86%
Multi-ethnic93%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities88%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students96%
African American95%
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnic94%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities96%
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students91%
African American79%
Hispanic85%
Multi-ethnic80%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities84%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students91%
African American71%
Hispanic77%
Multi-ethnic85%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities76%
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 67%
Hispanic 8% 17%
Black 5% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1640 East 151st St
Olathe, KS 66062
Phone: (913) 780-7160

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