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Madison Southern High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1054 students

 
 

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Posted October 31, 2012

My family is new to MSHS this year. I have missed important deadlines and activities because I did not receive any communication from the school. I think communication between parent and school is poor. You can email your child's teacher(s); some actually read emails and respond and some don't bother. The office staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I have not met the principal yet, but hope I have the opportunity soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

This school well deserves all five stars! I have attended Madison Southern all my high school career and I would never think about moving elsewhere. I have taken every honors classes available and I am currently enrolled in AP US History, and I assure you it is NOT a joke.. it is the most difficult class I have ever taken with two to three hours of homework a night. I have also been on the dance team all my high school career and we win everywhere we go including a national title. Our ball teams may need some work but we have made so much progress! The staff work so hard at ensuring the safety and success of the students. Someone would be crazy for not liking this high school. My parents are also teachers at local elementary schools and they love the Southern as well. I'm a proud student eagle!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2009

I attend this school now and think it is AMAZING!!! Things have changed so much since I attended my freshman year. They have much more to offer and the rules have gotten more safer and more stricter which is wonderful...All the parents who put this school down is un called for!!!!! It is such a good school at least there are no stabbings and shootings.....I am truly going to miss madison southern high school...LET'S GO EAGLES, LET'S GO!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

I honestly don't know why some of these people are downing the school. I'm currently a senior at MSHS and the last 4 years have been wonderful. The principals, couselors, and teachers care about the well-being of the students. MSHS offers many AP and Honors courses that are challenging to the students. Drugs, alcohol, and racism are problems that occur sporadically but the principal's stop the problems as soon as they are brought to their attention. As to the parent who posted on August 26, 2009 the school was a little unorginized the first few days this year due to construction. However, you don't seem to get that their are over 1,000 students at MSHS, so you'll forgive the school if they don't solely focus on your children. Or mabye your kids aren't as amazing as you think they are. MSHS as a whole is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2009

I absolutely agree with the review posted for Sept. 27, 08. This school is horrible. We are new to Kentucky and my kids feel the exact same way. This is the most unorganized school system I have ever seen, the AP/Honors classes are a joke and the sports programs are aweful. The kids do not feel as if they are a part of a unified school because everything revolves around the Seniors. There are problems with drugs, alcohol, and racism in this school. I have never seen so many young people smoking outside of a school building in my life. The problems are many and the space to write them is small. If I'd had the option I wouldn't have even awarded the one star. My kids are incredible athletes and academic achievers but going to school here is bringing them down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

I graduated in '08 and the 3 years I spent there were some of the best years of my life. The staff is wonderfully supportive, especially the guidance counselors. The education quality is very high...just ask my 3.7 college GPA. Don't let the '07 reviewer scare you off; Southern is not full of drugs, alcohol, and violence. The principals make sure their students are safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

I have been told that this school is a good school and i think it is.. i like it a lot and their is no other school that is better than southern...the principals are alwyas on role and their is protection and they help when u need it..but u get in any fights ur gone or u get to face suspension or something...but i love this school and no matter what other schools think it is the #1 top school to me..
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

I just moved and now attend Southern, and I'll be honest: I hate it. I agree with the first review. There's definately domestic problems, alot of drug and alcohol use and this school is way behind in education. The AP or Honors classes have no qualifications. Anyone can get into them. I'm bored in every single one of my classes because I feel like I've been doing stuff I already knew. The teachers and administrators are rude, and are alot stricter than necesary. The rules at this school are flat out rediculous. Nothing about this school is outstanding, unique or special.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

This school allows its students to go above and beyond. Its teachers inspire all who walk through its classroom doors. You can have personal relationships with your teachers to receive full advantage of your high-school career. No cliches to fear here, we are all one big family. One-on-one time is never scarce and someone will drop everything they are doing for you. They provide numerous AP classes. From AP Calculus to AP Spanish, its all done right. The building may not look so great, but its being renovated.... Oh, and the girls sports teams' are fabulous. Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2007

I went there for 2 years and I can't express in words how grateful I am to have been able to get out of there. Violence, drugs, domestic problems, and terrible education. The only thing I learned at Southern was street smarts. That place needs to be cleaned up BAD!
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
34%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students54%
Female61%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students38%
Female43%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students64%
Female77%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
0%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
21%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
49%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students26%
Female24%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students28%
Female27%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students65%
Female69%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
49%
of schools in the state are Average
29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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College readiness rating 20143What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

3 This rating is based on average composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 81%
Black 2% 11%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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279 Glades Rd
Berea, KY 40403
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