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Worcester, MA
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170 Apricot Street
Worcester, MA 01603

(508) 799-3325
(508) 799-8242
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February 28, 2011
My daughter finished high school in 2009 and until now not received the diploma, her name is Amanda DeAlmeida, I wonder what is happening, since we were at school several times and they told us they would send the certificate in our address, would like a reply, thank you, Amanda's mother

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2010
I graduated from south high. It was a great experience. You meet people from all different backgrounds and situations. And as for no walls, if you want to learn, you can learn. Period. And if it is hard, most teachers are willing to put in the extra time if the student is also willing.

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February 05, 2010
Outstanding principal and staff. Teachers are always in process of becoming better educators through various forms of professional development and trainings. Building has challenges because of it's 'open construction', but has been updated periodically.

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August 06, 2009
South High has a bad rep altogether. The no walls and its past history dont help. but look on the bright side. im going to be a junior next year. so far ive had the best teachers i could ask for. yeah the no walls can be distracting but you get used to them. and its hard to not be proud of my school. as a student in the Goddard Scholars Program, i do meet kids from other academies and i see how hard a lot them try. the school is not a total waste. just a few minor adjustments and people wont be giving us a bad rep :]

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July 15, 2009
Way too easy, kids are very distracting, the no walls are a huge distracting.. which just adds to the craziness of the school. The only good things about the school is the Goddard Scholars program and the AP courses. Those are the only somewhat challenges a kid could come across in that school.

- submitted by a student

October 26, 2008
Hey, people call me by my nickname, Tony. I have to keep this comment short because of the 150 word limit. First off, the bad qualities: the structure of the school is poorly arranged - there are NO walls in the majority of the areas of the school save for a few rooms with absolutely no ventilation whatsoever. It is easy to get lost in the corridors unless you are a student attending the school. The gym is acceptable but the auditorium, where most of the school performances and seminars take place, is a mess. The seats are dirty while the stage needs its wood flooring replaced, as well as the lights. But on to the good part. The teachers are absolutely the best teachers a student can have. The best teachers in the school only teach the honors students, plus the Goddard Scholars (which I am a part of).

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August 27, 2008
im currently a junior at south high school. im in the esg academy, and i love it =]. there are many fun extra ativities including sport teams, drama club, mathletes, and many others. i play field hockey&softball in the spring and i love it, the coaches are amazing. they start from the basics to the hard. the teachers&students there also very nice. especially the teachers there really nice&helpful. just because we have the school with no walls doesnt mean anything. it is a very well known school who tries there best in every thing.

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August 02, 2008
South has a bad rep but they are very professinal and good at teaching, They have the most AP and A hhudge selection of online classes. I learnd alot from them. Their ROTC programm is extreamly well.

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February 22, 2008
Some consider South High to be ghetto and full of failure, but it is so much more than that. South High has the most AP courses offered in the city, and additional ones are hosted online through VHS. The school offers a variety of sports such as track, cross country, basketball, field hockey, tennis, soccer, etc. Extracurricular activites such as math team, drama club, ballroom dance, science and engineering club, robotics, black student and so much more are available to students. Classes such as art, band, piano, and chorus are offered. These programs are not just there in quantity, but give the students tools to suceed. Some of the sports teams go to districts; the football team won the Super Bowl in 2006. The math team are among the top scorers in the WOCOMAL League. Graduates have gone to Ivy League schools. It's all there; students get what they put in.

- submitted by a student

December 22, 2007
South High is a wounderful school! It has small accadamy's for the students to learn better and feel safe. Other schools should take a look at South and learn from them!

- submitted by a community member

October 06, 2007
As a current senior of South High, I would have to say that I have learned and still am learning a lot from South High. The physical defects gives students the chance to learn how to disregard little things and focus on what really matters, a skill necessary in the real world. Although South High may have its physical faults, it offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, many AP classes as well as great teachers. The teachers at this school go out of their way to try to help students succeed. However, South still has a low academic standing. The reason being that most students of South High do not make the best of their experience. Rather, they blame the environment for their failure. There has been students from South that have been accepted to Ivy League schools. The reason is simple, determination is key to that success.

- submitted by a student

September 27, 2007
South High Community School is like the underdog of all schools. It has a bad reputation, but in my opinion, it is one of the best schools within the Worcester area. As a CURRENT student at South High, I would say that the school offers a wonderful and unique social as well as educational experience. The student body is made up of various ethnicities and races. It is not a dangerous school. In fact, it is very safe. Yes, there are students who end up in conflict, but that is only as a result of a personal argument. Contrary to what many believe, students do not walk around with weapons, ready to shank one another. At South High, we have lots of school spirit. We may not be the best at what we do, but we do try. The students at South High aren t typical teenagers. The lives of most South High students are too complex for them to be able to focus on school. Many have family to take care of, or jobs to tend to in order to help support their family. Test scores prove nothing other than that many students are not motivated. Lack of motivation is no ones fault but the parents and students of South High. The teachers at South are outstanding and they do their best to teach and help students. Various courses are offered at South High. I may be wrong, but I believe that South High offers the most AP courses out of all the Worcester Public High Schools. The only downfall to South is it s lack of money. The bathrooms are sort of dingy and the bubblers don t work, except for one in the gymnasium. I believe that South High s poverty teaches children to appreciate what they have a little more. We have open class learning , meaning that we don t have walls to separate classes. It doesn t affect learning at all. Before entering South, I was afraid I wouldn t be able to concentrate in class and that it would be too loud for me to focus, but it is nothing like that. Many students would agree that having walls would be pretty unfortunate. It would make the class too quiet and private. I hope to God that South never puts up walls. The lack of walls defines South High, and it s what most kids love about the school. Nobody can judge South High unless they have worked there or attended the school. Theres no way to sufficiently describe South. Experiencing it first hand is something unique and special.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2007
South High Community School has its strong and weak points. Weak points being the 'open class learning' which can be frustrating, but also teaches concentration. As for the low test scores, not much is expected of students, since they don't apply themselves. There is test preparation offered, but the students have to to look for it. The Goddard Scholars program is a program that recognizes and encourages excellence. It is a wonderful program for those students who would otherwise be caught in the rut of mediocre learning. For activities, there is a good range but could be better. South has a wonderful music program, and various culture awareness groups. A main problem is the lack of parent involvement, as discipline starts at the home, and where there is none shows and disrupts learning. Overall it's a school to consider if you have self-discipline.

- submitted by a student

March 12, 2007
I'm gonna be real, South is not a good high school, especially in comparison to some of the other public schools in MA . South has a great pride in itself (sometimes for the wrong reasons) and does have some great programs (BSU and other cultural groups) but academically it is terrible, and the test scores prove it. There is little to no SAT or just overall college preparation for the average student. Goddard Scholars (generally white students who show academic promise) are given deference over the rest of the students. The school itself is in poor condition, the roof leaks, and there are no classrooms (results of ill education experiments). I graduated in 2006, one of the few hispanic graduates as only 29% graduate from South.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2007
Honestly, maybe if you're white or Asian then South High is good to you. But if you're not, it's not. As a Hispanic student I personally saw the low expectations of the teachers and the preferential treatment that non-Hispanic students received. They were taken more seriously, regarded with less suspicion, and generally given more attention. Think about this: Why are all the Goddard Scholars white, and yet the school is almost half Hispanic? Anyway, aside from all that, South is in horrible condition, has many under-qualified teachers, has a high drop-out rate and low test scores, and can't even keep its teachers. I'm not saying it can't improve, I hope it does. But think before you send your kid to South.

- submitted by a student

January 14, 2007
As a graduate from the South High Class of 2006, I can honestly say that South High has been my most fulfilling experience. The school is improving at a remarkable rate. The students there can achieve great things if THEY have the will power. The facutly is Wonderful and well quailified. The students who do put in the effort get into great colleges across the country. I myself attend Mount Holyoke College and I believe that without the guidance and dedication the faculty and staff put in to nurture me I would have never gotten there.

- submitted by a student

February 06, 2006
I am a former student os South High Community High. All though South has a bad reputation it has treated me well. The teachers were great and the pricipals were protective. I just wanted to inform all those parents out there that south will always be the best school I've ever been too. They helped me get through the hard times and pushed me to my limits of learning. I just wanted to say 'thank you South High'.

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2005
No matter what people say, South High is NOT a bad school. Actually it is a pretty high school. The only reason it has that kind of reputation is because of one incident, which should not be mentioned. But on the contrary...South encourages students to their best and their extra-curriculum activities are great! Plus students their get to learn how it really is. there s no cover up or anything. The people there are super nice! Of course on the NO WALL thing is pretty bad, but it doesn t stop anything. so if you are a concerned parent and don t want your kid going to South because of it's reputation,then think again because a student will be bad anywhere if they want to. the school doesn t make the student,its the other way around.

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2004
Best school I've ever been. -Toan

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March 09, 2004
I graduated South High in 2002. And I agree, the no walls was a big issue when I went there. but the teachers were great, and the majority of them really went out of there way to help you. the former principal was a great woman, mrs harrington really did do alot for the class and everyone else. and the day care thing, its an inner city school.

- submitted by a student

January 06, 2004
I am a student at South High School and I will agree, South has problems but the school it self is great. I am doin very well in my classes and the problem of 'No Walls' dose not effect me at all the most problem with the school is that there are a lot of students there who don't care about school, That is somthing that no one can help. But the school and its teachers are great. I wouldent think of transfering.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
I am a former student of South High. I agree with the many comments that there are multiple problems;however,South was an amazing experience. My graduating class of 2002 had the highest number of students enrolled at a college in the city of Worcester. Now the lack of walls can be challenging but so is life. I was able to study and learn just as much as I learned during mu first year at Holy Name. I feel that South is a great school to prepare students for the real world and I also feel that you can walk out with a great education depending on what you choose to put into it.

- submitted by a student

August 06, 2003
If you can help it, don't send your kids to South. The classrooms don't even have walls, just partitions and sometimes even chalkboards and cabinets that act as partitions, so students can't concentrate with all the noise from the other classrooms around them. The principal is always paranoid and often puts the students on lockdown, known as project LAD (lock all doors), for no real reason. Sure this school has potential, a few of the teachers are really great, and the auditorium is nice, but for the most part, it's a 'ghetto' school full of unmotivated students and even more unmotivated teachers. There's even a daycare with a waiting list because so many girls get pregnant.

- submitted by a student

June 05, 2003
Tho only problem concerning this school is the lack of parent involvement. Over the years that I have been involved with the school I have never seen a parent contribute to the activities of the school. However, parents do show up to the sporting events, and support their children teams.

- submitted by a community member

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South High Community
170 Apricot Street, Worcester, MA  01603
(508) 799-3325
Last modified South High Community is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South High Community Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top