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Plymouth South High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 2, 2014

You will get out of this school what you put into it. Academics are important in our family so my children have excelled. My oldest just took his SAT's and scored a 2020. Separately he took the chemistry subject test and scored 760 out of 800. If you want to do well here you can. Teachers are helpful, administration is supportive and sports are generally inclusive. An overall pleasant place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

I am a student here, and from my own expirience I can say that attending this school was the biggest waste of 4 years that I have ever gone through. The building itself is in shambles, the heating/ac only works half the time, the ceiling tiles are falling out, and the water from the fountains is almost undrinkable. On top of that, the school just spent thousands on new technology, without alloting any money to its already underfunded vocational program. On top of THAT, 90% of the teachers treat students as work monkeys on the lowest tier of society and the faculty treat the students with the lowest amount of respect Ive seen in a long time. Students are denied basic rights and privlages, and then are blamed for the faults in the school. Besides that, the school nickel and dimes the students for money that the students will not see put back into the school, for example, a PARKING PASS costs $100, and if you're a tech student, youll have to pay for, clothing, tools, and equipment. Bottom line if you have ANY other option, TAKE IT. Plymouth South High School is THE WORST school Ive ever attended, and has no respect for their money farms, oh wait, I mean students.


Posted September 9, 2013

Plymouth South has truly been the answer for our son. We moved here from the south 18 months ago and he has truly blossomed in this environment! He has been in special education classes since grade one and has many unique gifts as well as challenges. The staff at PSHS embraced him for who he is and have made his high school experience a memorable. He is in their awesome tech program, has individualized help with academics and, most importantly, he has friends and feels good about himself. I give PSHS a 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Plymouth South is from my point of view a great school. I have seen 4 teenagers in my family graduate from that school with honors. The school motivated them to excel in grades and sports. They have all gone to college with a firm foundation received from Plymouth South


Posted November 20, 2011

Plymouth South is very close to losing its accreditation, and the principle does not know what she is doing. The school just spent hundreds of dollars on equipment/software and half the teachers do not know how to use it properly. The once amazing tech program has gone downhill, and I am no longer a tech student because of this. Also, as a teenager with medical problems, the school has given us a hard time the whole way, and has dropped the ball on multiple occasions. They boast about their anti-bullying policy, but would rather appease bullies than punish them. The student body has developed a highly negative attitude due the environment they are subjected to. The students are blamed for this negativity, rather than the school taking responsibility for its own short comings. Please send your kid somewhere else if you can. It was a huge waste of four years, and I am only thankful for some cool friends I've met here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2011

I am a junior at PSHS now and in my opinion, the school is definitely not one of the best. It is VERY overcrowded; we have four minutes passing time between classes and there is so much traffic in the halls that I often do not make it to my classes on time. Also, I have found that the majority of the teachers I've had over the past three years have been lazy and clearly do not put in as much effort as they should. I have had a number of teachers that barely do anything but handout worksheets to fill up classtime. Most of the materials date back to when the school first opened in 1988. It does not have much money to make any repairs or upgrades and there is mold in many classrooms. (p.s. the kids in the school have a huge smoking problem- i can think of more people who smoke than people who don't). On the bright side, they offer many afterschool sports and activities, which makes it easy to get involved. Overall, being a student at PSHS, I probably would not recommend sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Its offers a wide variety of courses and has great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

I live in Plymouth, however my children do not attend Plymouth Public Schools. My daughter went to 4th grade, learned by that and my second never attended. Both are getting great education else where. That is my recommedation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

I graduated from Plymouth South in 2007. The teachers were great and the other students were, as well. The building could be better, though. Overall, it was a good time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

I went to Plymouth South. It was overcrowded, but the teachers were great and the education was good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

I go to this school now, and I think it is a good school. Yes it is really overcrowded but the teachers make the best out of the situation and try really hard to help the students. When I need help all I have to do is help and I always get it very quickly. I am glad that I am going to Plymouth South.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

I'm going to this school right now, and I can tell you that this school is not very good. First of all, most of the equipment that we use was new when the school was built. Secondly, a majority of the teachers relegate the students to the lowest tier of society the moment tht they act out, or don't learn at quite the same pace as the other students. Third, due to said relegation, a portion of the students lose their self-respect and treat themselves as if they are S#!T, with minor crimes, like stealing and defacing school property, which only further enhances the faculty's distaste with 90% of the student body. Fourth, the fact that there are too many students crammed into this school greatly inhibits those who truly want to learn from getting their education in a productive learning environment. Lastly, their is a severe lack of afterschool activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

this school has numbers of options for their present students and any future students that are to come and if i was to get into this school i think that it would be the best experence for me because it gives me a opportunity to better my caree when i leave and go out to the world with nothing but my knowlegde so i give this school excellent review
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2007

PSHS offers kids the opportunity to explore so many different careers, combining the tech program with college prep or without, everyone has a choice. Teachers are the most dedicated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2004

My two sons are getting a good education in a school where the teachers seem to really care about the kids. Both sons plan to attend four year colleges. Parent interest appears to have increased over the past few years. The sports programs are improving and there is good school pride.
—Submitted by a parent


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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female97%
Male93%
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White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
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Students with disabilities76%
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Math

All Students82%
Female86%
Male78%
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White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
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Students with disabilities42%
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Science

All Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
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White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
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Students with disabilities45%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students82%
Female82%
Male82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
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English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

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African Americann/a
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Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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50%
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26%
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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 20133What's this?

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SAT participation

73%

Average SAT score

1469

Graduation rate

90%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 67%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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490 Long Pond Rd
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: (508) 224-7512

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