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Southern High School

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Posted April 19, 2014

Southern High School is a unique to say the least. The administrators there are horrible and practically suffocate the students. Parent involvement is not welcome whatsoever. Bullying at that school is out of control and is not taken seriously. The school is filled with sex, drugs, and alcohol. Its as if the faculty and staff there are ignoring things that should be brought to attention. My child is a freshman there and once this year is over, I'm taking him to a better school. I am not happy with the atmosphere of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

I have been very pleased with the education that my son has gotten at Southern. My older daughter went through 12 years of pricey prep schools when we were living in another country with more problematic schools. I believe that the education at Southern has been richer than her experiences. The art and music programs are outstanding. He has had the opportunity to take a variety of AP courses, which is unheard of in some other counties. My son has a physical disability and his administrator tracks his progress and often writes to me if he feels that he is slipping in any area. I do believe if you just check the grammar in some of the parent and student responses giving negative reviews you will see that it needs a little work. Just saying ,,,,, the people who are complaining may REALLY not be college material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

The staff at Southern High School went above and beyond to ensure that myself and many other students graduated with an understanding of the wide variety of courses that were taught there. Friendly and firm, they guided me throughout all four years that I was there and helped me graduate with pride. Go Southern Bulldogs!!!


Posted March 17, 2010

This school doesn't deserve the blue ribbon status. The teachers and administrators care more about appearences than the students. Any student problems are ignored and parent involvement is not welcome and is limited to getting funding for the school. The attitude that my son has encountered is that he 'just might not college material'. As a teacher and parent, this is unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

Administrators do not respond well to parents concerns all they do is sugar coat it. Teachers are more of a joke than anything
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2009

Southern High has provided anexcellent education for my two children. My daughter graduated in 2008 and entered the University of Maryland with 46 AP credits, due to the great opportunities for taking AP classes provided. My son is a junior at Southern and is also getting a wonderful education. Teachers at Southern really care about the students and are excited about all that goes on in the school. The school is a warm, safe environment where students can excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

We are a National Blue Ribbon school! We have a wonderful, caring staff and great students. We are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

We are a National Blue Ribbon school as of 2009. This is a great honor and our school deserves it. We have great staff, great students and a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We're a National Blue Ribbon School. Can't beat that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

National Blue Ribbon school. Great students teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers care about their students. They are willing to stay after, help during lunch and even go to sporting events to cheer on their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Wasn't given Blue Ribbon status for nothin. Great teaching staff! Great parents! Great kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great kids - great parents -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

We moved here from Prince George's County, where I had all of my children in private school. We moved to AA Co. to get a different lifestyle for our other kids. My older son is in the 10th grade at Southern and has been in all of the honors classes. He has a 504 plan and a couple of young teachers didn't really understand their responsibilities in the process. I spoke with the appropriate administrator and I was very pleased with their responsiveness to the situation. I feel that the education he is getting is comparable to the private education. The parent has to stay on top of the projects and homework, though to make sure that classwork is being reinforced. The problem is that there is a very diverse population there: blue collar vs big money. Different expectations and family involvement effect outcomes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

My Daughter has had the worst experience ever.She even wants to swtich schools beucase it has gotten so bad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Great location,wonderful staff and a blue ribbon school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

I am unclear as to how the schools get their ratings; however, my son's experience was awful. The school administrators and counselors seem to be a waste of money and while they talk prettily they are of almost no help at all. The school itself is in need of a facelift and many of the teachers are just marking time which is apparent to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I love Southern! It is so great! People are nice. I think sometimes teachers can be hard but, they are only doing that to get you to do the best you can. I think southern is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

I love Southern High! Everyyone there is so friendly and it's a safe environment to learn in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2008

Southern high school is a great enviroment to prepare students for collge and the real world. There the teachers are great and challenge students to be all they can be. 100% the greatest school ever.
—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.

Grade level

Algebra

The state average for Algebra was 84% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
English II

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

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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 77% 42%
Black 13% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 20%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Gym
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Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4400 Solomons Island Rd
Harwood, MD 20776
Phone: (410) 867-7100

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