South Senior High has fallen dramatically. The S/SE community school isn't same high school it was even 5+ years ago, certainly nothing like it was in past. The orchestra program which used be awarded, is lack luster with little challenge to advanced students. Any praise is residual from years past with once strong arts commitment overall surpassed by nearby Washburn and SW. The school environment takes a toll on one's spirit, physical & mental health where teens are treated like criminals daily. Office and security staff are APPALLING in unprofessional and demeaning attitudes toward children, alienating good students & families in an urban school in the process! God forbid your child should become sick or have an arising need... Management is unsuccessful effecting real change in the hard-edged culture and principals/assistant positions old and new, ineffective for positive change. Drugs, racial tension abound affecting joy and feelings of student success. Lack of district busing and safety is concerning. We pulled our daughter mid sophomore year (having just graduated elsewhere). Classrooms were on the edge of loosing control of anything resembling enjoyable and ready learning. Even with getting ours into a Fall sport to meet disciplined friends and an academic group of girls prior to the start of her freshman year, South Senior High was difficult and regrettable. I suspect there is little to none pedagogical support for staff as well. South is NOT EVEN ON THE RADAR for sibling.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!