Students enrolled 2515
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School leader Dr Maureen Furr
Transportation options Yes
District Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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8900 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

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4 stars
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June 04, 2014
I'm a student at south meck and i love it. the principale is great and so are many of the teachers. South Meck has been a safe and great learning experience for so far.

- submitted by a student
May 20, 2014
South Mecklenburg is diverse and safe. My children have plenty of opportunities for honors and AP courses, extra curricular activities including band, theater, chorus, many clubs and service organizations. This is not a school of rich families, but it is full of good, hard-working students who care about their school and their community.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
South Mecklenburg High School was just rated by US News & World Report as the 7th best school in North Carolina and the 2nd best school in Charlotte! -- That ranking is well deserved. The school has evolved into a dynamic, multi cultural comprehensive high school with academics suited for all levels of ability. For the strongest students, the access to Advance Placement and challenging course material is unmatched. (Many of the neighboring high schools limit students ability to take AP courses.) At South Meck, the school is Student-Centered, meaning that the faculty and administration work with students and their families to craft an individualized program that is best suited for that student. In fact, South Meck is highly flexible and will work with students to make sure they have the most appropriate and challenging courses, even if that means making adjustments to a students schedule. (Something unheard of at Providence High School!) Perhaps best of all, the school's multicultural student body gives students an opportunity to live and learn in a real world environment, amongst people from different backgrounds and upbringings -- a truly wonderful thing!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
South Meck has quietly evolved into an amazing school and has some important advantages over other high schools in the area. e.g. In addition to a huge number of advance placement and honors courses, South Meck has a number of specialized/unique programs including: 1) A world lang. magnet, 2) Project Lead the Way accredited courses in engineering and bio med, 3) Access to ALL NCVPS online classes 4) the new IDEA Academy which emphasizes Innovation, Design, Engineering and Art studies. Best of all, the staff/teachers/administration are flexible and work with parents and students to ensure that students get the courses that best fit their needs. (Even if that means making a change to a students schedule!)

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
This school is great. It's teachers are really nice and caring. The teachers try there best for every student to understand.

- submitted by a community member
March 06, 2014
I love SMHS. My daughter attended this school and graduated in 2013. She had a packed load being fully involved at this school. The Principal is the BEST!!! Dr. Furr is a wonderful communicator. She is friendly and approachable. She ensures that there is clarity concerning "all things South Meck". The phone messages keep parents informed about happenings at the school. The entire staff, teachers, support, and office workers are concerned about the well being of the students. There is so much offered for every student to get involved. With the high numbers it would seem easy to get lost in the crowd. It's not, because at SMHS, they are family. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone moving to Charlotte, NC

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
A score of 6 does not accurately indicate the quality of the education at South Meck High. It should be closer to an 8 or 9. Of the three main public CMS high schools in South Charlotte (an affluent area of the city), South Meck is the most ethnically and economically diverse which is actually a good thing for students. If you compare it to Providence and Ardrey Kell (relative new school) you'll note that the diversity is simply not there and they have their own issues to contend with. Kids can thrive here and get into their college of choice if they work hard and focus on academics.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2013
I was concerned about this high school when we moved to South Charlotte because it was rated lower than the other, newer schools near us, but I have to say that both my children have done well and the parental involvement (PTA), the principal and the quality of the teachers has been outstanding! No complaints here. Great school comparable to any in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
southmeck is wonderful. my kid loves to go to school . she has a 4.0 average and plays basketball. they treat all there students the same and that is a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
I am currently a student at south. It is a good school because you can get a good education there if you try. There are quite a few teachers that still care (a miracle considering the failures that are currently running the school system). However, I have noticed that the school is on a downward slide. A few years back we lost a great principle, and a lot of the more affluent population moved to Ardrey Kell. Also, we will be gaining a lot of inner city kids from the recently deceased Wadell.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
Dr. Furr is just what the Dr. ordered.. Keep up the great work! Go SOUTH!

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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 26, 2008
As a former student, I have to say I loved this school. There were high AP scores and lots of class options, not very many cliques, and great sports teams (though not football). Several of my teachers actually inspired me to become a high school teacher myself. In comparison with some of my friends' experiences, I think I was very lucky. I hope it hasn't changed with Mrs. Yates gone!

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April 15, 2008
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March 14, 2008
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January 02, 2008
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July 06, 2007
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May 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 09, 2007
I went to this school and graduated in June 2006. Though I got a decent education, it was based more on my own attitude and direction. There are more lousy teachers than great ones, and I hate to think what it's going to be like without Mrs. Yates as principal. The school is very old and not well maintained.

- submitted by a former student
April 05, 2006
As a former student of South Mecklenburg I was very happy with the education I received there. Many extracurricular activities, sporting teams, clubs and academic programs were made available. And the teaching staff there is wonderful! They were always open to giving extra help when it was needed and they knew how to challenge their classes. I would recommend this school to any parent looking to give their child a great education.

- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2006
My son is currently a freshman at South Meck. After doing research on this school before we relocated to Charlotte - I was sure that I was putting him in a school with superior teaching. Our experience so far has been less then satisfying and the quality of the teaching staff, as well as his guidance Councelor is below average. My only saving grace is that next year he will be attending the new school Ardrey Kell and we can say goodbye to South Meck..

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October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
I am a parent of one child who just graduated. High SAT score, accepted at several prestigious universities, and so on. It was a very good (and fun) experience at South Meck. We currently have another child attending South Meck, who appears headed in the same direction. Though the facility is showing some age, South Meck has a number of great teachers, many good ones, and can be a quality school for any child who is committed and has parental involvement/support. Those are the keys--not whether it's a new facility, has more/less money, lots of computers, or some flavor-of-the-month magnet program. I would recommend South Meck HS to any family that is involved and wants a good public education experience for their child.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
I am not a parent, but I am a former student of SMHS. I graduated 4 years ago and have nothing but great things to say. I am getting ready to graduate from UNCW and can honestly say that if I hadn't had the help, guidance and encouragement of the teachers, and staff at SMHS, I couldn't be where I am now. You shouldn't so harsh on the school, you have no idea what is actually like. The school is old, there are going to be some run down classrooms, air conditioners that may not always workthings happen, things break over time. There are so many opportunities that students don't take advantage of, and that's no ones fault but their own. I was involved in sports, clubs, events and those are the things that help make us who we are. Bottom line: it's a great school. Quality should far outweigh Quanity.

- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2004
School over 40 years old. The condition -very bad, mildew, carpet, mats, ceilings. Broken air conditions, equipment etc. Student enrollment capacity 1800. School well over- 2400 capacity stated in 2003-2004 by SMHS Student Newspaper. Enrollment of Classes/subject interests- impossible. Teacher conferences are not encourgaged by Dist/High Schools'. Student attendence problems- late or otherwise. Serious learners are grouped with less interested learners whom do not have an interest/goals tofuther academic enrichment. Cause and affect heavy class cheating, behavior, classroom distractions, low standards, prisonlike-micromanagement. Affecting serious learners to force failure, accdemically/ socially. Classroom time fast pace-28 credits on correction of skills and answeres vs instruction/learning atwhich much time/money is drilling for EOG's- test results. Distroying learning curriculum- skills, holding students accountable. State Policy/regulations- targets guidence to Exit HS without learning appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
Hi my son attends this school. You will never imagine the chaos that is there. This is a very bad choice. But you can't expect a perfect place in a unperfect world. My son used to attend West Meck, that is a 'bad' choice. I moved near the airport, so now my daughter attends Olympic, she is a junior. That is a better choice. You have got to expect some things to happen so I dont down Olympic very much.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have one son who attends South and one who has just graduated. Words cannot express the hard work, support and effort exhausted by the staff at this school to assist these students in reaching their goals as well as acknowleging their talents and helping them create goals. This school posses outstanding top of the line qualified staff. As a parent all you have to do is ask any staff member for any type of assistance and they will exhaust every effort to help you. I could never say thank you enough for all that this school has done for my children and all that they are continuing to do.

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August 10, 2003
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South Mecklenburg High
8900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC  28210
(980) 343-3600
Last modified South Mecklenburg High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Mecklenburg High Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews.