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Southern High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1221 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2014

me encanta la escuela y los profesores. se toman el trabajo en serio y son preocupados por todo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

i recently graduated from southern, and truthfully i wouldnt send my child there. the academics aren't that great either. Generally, the teacher-student relationships are awesome, sometimes the teachers are more of your friends, I believe the Administration cares more about the dresscode than your education. The sports...well; We were good at baseball and softball, everything else was a shame. the school spirit is almost non existant, but the rival between the junior and senior class is well heated. the only reason i loved SHS was because of my friends. If youre looking for an academic school, keep looking.
—Submitted by a former 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.

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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.
Language Mechanics

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
30%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
27%
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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

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 Students26%
Female33%
Male22%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students23%
Female32%
Male16%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities7%
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 Students69%
Female80%
Male62%
African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities32%
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

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
24%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
40%
Biology I

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

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
16%
English II

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

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%
U.S. History

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
19%
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 Students29%
Female25%
Male32%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students31%
Female29%
Male32%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students35%
Female46%
Male26%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students28%
Femalen/a
Male16%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White14%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

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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

Below Average


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 59% 81%
Black 32% 11%
Hispanic 8% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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8620 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40219
Phone: (502) 485-8330

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