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South River High School

Public | 9-12 | 2104 students

 

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Posted December 23, 2013

I went to this high school my 9th grade year. I am now a senior at Arundel High School, (South River's rival school). South River was okay, but at the same time, it could have been a lot better. This school has a lot of potential, but the students and school staff don't live up to it. A lot of the students skip school, etc. They are amazing smart kids, and I loved them, but they made bad decisions. At Arundel, the environment was better because all of the students engaged in classes and the students are challenged. The school also lacks good diversity and has mild racism.


Posted December 12, 2013

This school is garbage. Being a student, there are many intimidating people, drug addicts, and fights. There are a few teachers more than familiar with drugs, and they don't listen to the students, and do not teach, only giving us the work to get through the curriculum. The class is 80 minutes long, most days we spend the entire time on one subject, nobody is willingly or seemingly capable of learning. Many even give the teachers a hard time, just for doing there job. The teachers aren't quite bad, there is just more to be wanted from them. They don't really go into individual needs, and get frustrated with the entire class being obnoxious, and opt to punish the class in an unsatisfactory way. Also, there is too much social interaction with the work. I like to work alone, and many teachers force you to interact with other students on a subject easily learned on your own. Homework is too much. We spend 80 minutes in a class, far too much to do the same exact thing many times over once we get home. This school is not one I support, want to be in, or care about being in. In fact, I am not in the yearbook for the 2014 senior class, nor do I want to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2013

South River is a mediocre school at best: Teachers discourage parent involvement. Too many 'specialty' programs w/ overly ambitious, overtaxed teachers who have little specialized experience to handle the problems posed to teens doing radically advanced work; teachers most effective with tiered leave or get suck[er]ed into teaching advanced curricula. We have some smart students, but face it, we're in the boondocks. Students don't need a degree in genetic engineering by grad day. Too many advanced/STEM students feel their education is the same as standard aptitude-tiered classes, but with 3 times the pressure! They comment that classes are "useless" and have "no basis in reality." No focus on *excellence* in select magnet or specialty programs, or on ensuring students master SAT material. SR grooms 2% of students, telling the other 98% to "shut up about it." Worst, every other school in the US is moving toward full use of personal tech; SR advertises a 21st-century attitude to "ready students" for the technology-based world awaiting them, but then top-down discourages use of nearly all student-owned tech in the classrooms. Really?! The school is not yet ripe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Great opportunties for college bound students in Math and Science. Involved parent communities. Caring and involved guidance department. Have kids there and know a lot of kids there. The sports program is a little too intense and win-centric which causes stress and injuries to student athletes. There is really a good amount of terrific and engaged teachers at this school. Have had experience with just a very few unengaged or "checked out" teachers - most that we've seen are good or very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

Overcrowded...poor administration...teaching to the test. Have never even had a glimpse of the principal nor have my kids. Counting down the days for my kids to be done with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

Amazing STEM precalculus and calc teacher that has brain based activities everyday. I heard that she won Teacher of the Year from her last school system. My children just love her and have never felt so successful in previous math classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

The school is very nice, for the most part. Most of the teachers are helpful and easy to learn from, and even make learning as fun as they can. Keeping in mind that it IS a high school and teens generally are what they are, I think this school's student body are wonderful. I do, however, notice quite often that the school has strict policies on things that don't really have a significant effect and does not stress enough the rules and consequences for other, more severe things; and as a generally well-behaved student, I can say that this does cause trouble sometimes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2011

As a student, I think that the school is, for the most part, a very good school. As most high schools do, South River has a diverse enough student body that you can find somewhere where you fit in. The teachers are, for the most part, very good, and there are very few incidents (ie, Fights). I enjoy my time at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2010

Education isn't too bad. but the teachers hav their favorits, i am a student and i dont really like this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2010

There is much violence and bullying here. If you aren't the "right" person, you are just another speck of dust to wipe off... If you don't necessarily like to drink and party, then forget about being a part of the students. As a student, and based on my experience, I'm just being honest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

OK, just to update this a little; I am currently a student at South River, and from my point of view this is a wonderful school! I mean, of course there are a few of those teachers that aren't really exciting, but I'd say about 90% of the teachers are pretty awesome. They make learning fun & they are easy to talk to. There are also tons of extracurriculars, there's something for everyone. As for rules; they could be a little stricter on some things, & lenient on others, 'dont sweat the small stuff' really. I got a MIR ( minor incident report) for having a cup of coffee in the morning! Teachers are allowed coffee! Socially; Wonderful! It's such a nice atmosphere (it's kinda crowded this year though). Of course you have a few jerks, smokers, and snobs here and there, but again its high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2006

South River is a Blue Ribbon School and among other excellent ones, it is the most prestigious. Yes the school is becoming very crowded, but its respectability is still entact. With a new principal, dress codes are enforced more. Last year smoke alarms were installed into every bathroom; smoking is not tolerated in our school, we DO prohibit it. The class of 2007, in which I belong, is graduating with less than 500 students. The teachers are for the most part very kind and do whatever they can for the benefit of their students. Extra curricular activities help provide for a more well-rounded student. Discipline can and should be stricter. Overall, my experience at South River has been very enjoyable and though there are people who (in)volunarily taint the name, the staff and students try to compensate it in many other ways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2006

A truly great school that has not reached its potential..... standards too low.... Too many extracurricular activities....takes too much time from student academics..... Discipline lacking.....a firmer hand would increase student performance...parent have too much control....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

South River is a good school. But, I believe that it is becoming over populated. In 2001 the graduating class had about 300 kids, in 2007 there will be almost 700 students in the graduating class. They are also doing what they call 'block classes' students go to 4 classes for 90 minutes each. Everything depends apon how your child learns. My brother is a junior and is struggling because his math teachers change everyday(depending on A day, B day)just seems inconsistant to me! And, because of this the math testing scores have gone down. But, South River cares about its students.And, if you are an involved parent it seems to make a difference, but honestly that is the case no matter where you send your child! This school to me is JUST how it is rated slightly above average.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 12, 2005

South River is a great school! Students are offered an atmosphere inspired by art (murals in the school) and teachers who care. It's true that not all the teachers are amazing, but there are some who truly inspire students. The school is overcrowded, but that makes things more fun to get through. Students are able to socialize and school spirit is on the rise. Anyone going to South River would be lucky. -a student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2004

There doesn't seem to be any leadership for staff and students from the principal. Some students are not even sure what he looks like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Teachers need to lighten up, and listin to what students have to say.Also, teachers need to be more open, and accpeting of the students. Many things could be better, some are okay, but this school needs a better staff of teachers in my opinion. I have had many problems there in the 3 years I have been there, with teachers, administrators, and other students. The administration needs to be more invovled in these issues.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

Good school, generally good teachers. Overcrowding has a negative effect on students, teachers and administration. With county push to put students in AP and Honors classes, there is no obvious support for students who are not able to function strongly at this level. Many students are stressed trying to juggle EIGHT classes with homework and extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Rapid population growth outpaced facilities leading to overcrowding. Excessive reliance on oppressive levels of homework. Good college prep but unwelcome burden on students who have extracurricular activities. Need to lighten up.
—Submitted by a parent


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Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
English II

The state average for English II was 83% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) to test students in English 2, Algebra, and Biology upon completion of each course. The HSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. Students are required to pass the tests in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 43%
Black 5% 36%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian 3% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Swimming
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  • Wrestling
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  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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201 Central Ave East
Edgewater, MD 21037
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