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South Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1844 students

 

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Posted October 30, 2013

South Office staff are APPALLING in unprofessional/ unkind attitudes & lack of empathy toward children. The front office almost unilaterally treats all children as criminals. In the process, these women cause collective damage & create resentment/anger on the part of students while alienating hard won good students & families in an urban school. The women are demeaning to others in some way daily & palpably unwilling to impart sincerity in dealing with the population. God forbid your child should become sick or have some special need. Management is either unable to effect change in the hard-edged office culture or just don't really care about larger professional vision of being proactive about the hostile service environment created by their co-workers, MPS staff & the system. In my company, the front desk is the full representation of the community & if you don't have warm & sincere customer service there, willing to help with heart & the extra mile - you've got a real problem! Hope the new principle holds staff accountable or fires dead weight! Office staff are ruining & alienating the school's hard won community! Very hard to reverse and requires resources!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Segregated Native program, some of the teachers sit on their butt while you do worksheets and one even disappears into their supply closet each day. So, some really great teachers but many bad teachers, too, who really don't care about anything but their pay check. If you get a B and want extra help, they laugh at you because you are just fine. A students excel on their own, sort of, I think.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 22, 2012

I am a freshman at South and I absolutely adore it. The teachers are phenomenal, the student body is very diverse(something you won't find at many other high schools in the metro) and the community is very welcoming. I play sports, which I have found to be very helpful as a way of meeting other kids, particularly upperclassmen. I also play in band and I am sure that South has the best band program in the state. Our director is amazing, by far the best teacher I have ever had.The kids are talented, hardworking and just love music. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2011

Excellent school, Wonderful teachers and great students. Go Tigers. As a parent I would recommend everyone to attend South if it was possible. This school cares about the well being of their students and willing to go above and beyond to help their students learn. South has the opportunity for students to have child care while going to school and thats very important to the young parents who wish to continue their high school education. Great challenging academic programs and lots of sports activities. Its again a great school and I am glad my daughter has the opportunity to continue her education as a senior at South and take what she has learned and continue her education at the college of her choice. ss sh
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I love south, It's an amazing school and i'm glad I chose to go to this school. Living in north Minneapolis and having an attendance school at Patrick Henry and Edison really does not and will not match South. Having all my siblings go to Henry and father to Edison, South has been the most impressive so far. Thats the reason why I chose to study at south and not at any other schools. Souths environment is amazing, teachers are great, food sucks(though it;s all mpls schools) but near lake street so plenty of outside restaurants, everyone has a place, great for rigorous education, very good in arts, music, theater, awesome sports and just in general an amazing school. It may not look amazing, but no other school can beat it. It's very well rounded, and very diverse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2010

This school has the most diverse population of students and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

strong liberal arts curriculum, passionate teachers and students great music and theater


Posted February 23, 2010

Really great school. Wonderful world languages program. Amazing music department with excellent orchestra,chior and band program. Much student involvement in theater-currently My Town- many ap and cis classes offered. So much more.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2009

I also wanted to vote for PCAE (Arts High School), but I couldn't find it here. South is an amazing school though, almost like a little city. Very crowded with lots of diversity, yet very safe and organized. I know during the Clinton years the arts were very well funded and there were classes (with Sally French at the time) that involved going to the Walker Art Center, the MIA, etc. I will never forget those classes and the impact they had on my life!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

South has a great music program.


Posted October 3, 2009

Both my children are alums of South, and they had amazing experiences there. The school rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Diversity at this school. Students appreciate each others differences, recognize similarities, support different learning styles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Great learning environment for large diverse community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have the best music program in the state!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

South is a successful, diverse, cost-effective, high-demand 'magnet' hybrid of its All Nations, Open and Liberal Arts programs. Families choose South for its climate of tolerance and respect, rigorous academics, dedicated staff, strong co-curriculars and award-winning fine arts programming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

i love south. i am a current student and everyone is so welcoming. they are also open to everyone. i feel like i fit in everywhere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2008

This school is a welcoming environment where my daughter feels free to be herself and is encouraged by the teachres & staff to excell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

I love south. It's a great environment for my children. It's very diverse and amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

I've had two children attend South High School. One student was an average student; the other was an outstanding student. The average student struggled at South and the outstanding student excelled. The outstanding student is currently a senior in the Liberal Arts program and has taken many AP courses and has had excellent math, science and literature teachers. I'm especially impressed with his lit teacher; he's had the students read Ha Jin, Margaret Atwood, Samuel Beckett and others. Class sizes at South High School (and throughout the district) have risen in recent years as the district has lost students to charter schools. South can be a great place for the academically-gifted, self-motivated student. Not sure about the success of other types of students.
—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.

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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
Black62%
Asian78%
Hispanic56%
Native American57%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learners44%
Proficient in English80%
Not migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male59%
Black37%
Asian76%
Hispanic26%
Native American27%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners21%
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant60%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

418 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
47%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
15%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students53%
Female55%
Male50%
Black25%
Asian50%
Hispanic39%
Native American19%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female46%
Male47%
Black24%
Asian62%
Hispanic13%
Native American13%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities51%
English language learners13%
Proficient in English51%
Not migrant46%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 73%
Black 28% 9%
Hispanic 13% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 7% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Cecelia Saddler
Fax number
  • (612) 668-4310

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3131 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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