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9-12
Public district
Harwood, MD
Students enrolled: 1,098
 

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4400 Solomons Island Rd
Harwood, MD 20776

(410) 867-7100
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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
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
no rating 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!!!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 16, 2009
We're a National Blue Ribbon School. Can't beat that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
National Blue Ribbon school. Great students teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating September 16, 2009
Wasn't given Blue Ribbon status for nothin. Great teaching staff! Great parents! Great kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great kids - great parents -

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
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September 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
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
July 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 14, 2009
Great location,wonderful staff and a blue ribbon school!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 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
February 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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
January 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 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
October 19, 2007
Im go to southern and i can easily say its the worst school ive ever been to . ive been to several schools in the county. if you have a problem or need help with anything they will refuse to help you or just make you feel embarassed in front of your whole class. if i were parent i would never let my child attend this school

- submitted by a student
October 15, 2007
My son came into the AACPS system in 2004 from PGCPS. There was a signficant difference in the schools. However, I'm somewhat disappointed in Southern, first of all it's a very old school that could use a complete overhaul. It's completely run down. I've encountered a few teachers that were genuinely concerned in my child's performance. More parents should take a proactive approach in their child's education. Alot of parents these days just simply send their kids to school and are clueless to what's going on. These same parents and students will be the first ones to complain about the faculty. Discipline should start in the home! Some parents don't have control of their kids, so how can the school do so?

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
I am a student at Southern High School and I really dislike the administration and the way that it is run. I have always done well in school and I enjoy learning. The administration has always seems to be negative towards most students and seem to make little issues more than they are. I love the location of the school but that is about it.

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2007
I am actually a student at Southern High School currently. I moved to the area from Charles County and was quite suprised by the differences between the two counties. I found the guidance department to be basically just there to collect a paycheck. I have lost motivation in subjects I used to excell in and I fear that that pattern will continue (I am only a freshman now).

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2006
I Feel this school is lacking in leadership. The faculty is there to collect a paycheck only. My child has had problems with other students and when I would call the school I was told they would check into it. Did they? No. They would do nothing. They wonder why there is so many fights there, maybe if they would check into things when parents call they could stop it. My child is souring in CATsouth but struggling in Southern. Most teachers do not allow make-up work and won't stay after to help when the child ask for it. I called on teacher personaly to see how my child was doing in his class and he said he would check the grade and get back to me, he never did, and yes my child failed his class. Southern needs to overhaul the staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
I have a daughter who will be graduating from Southern this year. She has received an excellent education. My husband and myself take an active interest in her education. We keep in touch with her teachers and keep an open line of communication at all times. I have had the pleasure of speaking with and getting to know some wonderful teachers here at Southern. They have been an inspiration to our daughter. She is enrolled in honors classes as well as AP. Southern has a wonderful Art program, probably the best in the county, as well as music and drama. Our daughter has been active in both. The sports program is great too. I think if a child is given the proper foundation and nurtured...he or she will thrive. I also believe that parents are too quick to blame the schools. Maybe you should be working more with your child!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2005
Our son tests at the genius level but was failing at Southern High. His teachers were not willing to help him succeed and the counselor told us there was nothing more they could do for him. We are now paying for private school and our son is on the Distinguished Honor Roll. Southern did nothing for us nor our son.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
great kids to make friends with good educational levels.

- submitted by a former student
May 05, 2004
I have had four children attend Southern. Needless to say, three of my children placed in developmental classes upon entering college, which made them loose focus on higher learning. My daughter placed in honors classes due to one on one tutoring that she received outside of the school. I feel the school lost its purpose of 'teaching' our kids and preparing them for the future. I too, was a product of Southern and I too, feel that I could have gotten more out of more teachers caring about the students and wanting to make sure they came away with a good education and foundation college. I understand there are behavior problems in all schools, but teachers should be able to make kids want to learn by making their lessons interesting and enjoyable, its not always about homework or handouts, try class participation, discussions and group projects. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I'm a parent of 4 whom attend this school, after 1997 the administration has gone down hill. It seems the teachers and administraiton are both only at the the school to collect a pay check. It seems to be the policy you only find out something when its to late. I have a child on a 504 plan at this school and they didn't even follow the correct policy for this student and she has know fell through the cracks of the system and its hard to get her back in the right programs

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2003
I am not a parent, but a former student (1994 grad). All of the resources are at this school. A motivated student can really learn here, but nobody will make them (but that goes for all schools). Within the faculty there are some amazing minds. The only real problem with the school was the general direction the administration. I never received guidance any counseling during my four years there. Luckily, thing worked out for me and I ended up doing very well for myself. To the diligent student attending Southern I'd recommend (if they are still there) the teachers McComas and Murphy for English; both will set you in the right direction.

- submitted by a former student

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Southern High School
4400 Solomons Island Rd, Harwood, MD  20776
(410) 867-7100
Last modified Southern High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southern High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top