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Posted 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


Posted February 5, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 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.


Posted August 6, 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 :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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).
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted October 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


Posted March 4, 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted February 6, 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted August 15, 2004

Best school I've ever been. -Toan
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 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 former student


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

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The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students78%
Female82%
Male74%
African American78%
Asian82%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
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Students with disabilities40%
English language learners49%

Math

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
African American57%
Asian76%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
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Students with disabilities11%
English language learners17%

Science

All Students44%
Female46%
Male42%
African American53%
Asian55%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
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Students with disabilities2%
English language learners13%
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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.

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Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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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 Students47%
Female43%
Male50%
African American58%
Asian70%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
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Students with disabilities7%
English language learners9%

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Tech/Engineering

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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.

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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SAT participation

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Average SAT score

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Graduation rate

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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
Hispanic 40% 16%
White 25% 67%
Black 18% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A35%
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