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Posted January 09, 2015
- a student
I used to go to this school and got withdrawal the first month.. this school is awful for one. the teachers are lazy, the students are lazy and dont care. The school was orginally gunna get shut down by the state until they changed the name and decided to call it a magnet school.. its not a magnet school and they do not have any magnet school programs. They fool you when youre enrolling giving you a packet stating how you have to choose from these 4 different schools but when you get it into it, its just another regular highschool with regular highschool classes. If youre coming from a generally nice clean town, where everyone is friendly and you went to a majority of a white school... you'll have a very rough time here, i came from a white school & the majority of this school is black. I was not greeted or welcomed, i cried the first day of school during lunch in the bathroom i had no one to sit with.. and i had no friends. nobody makes an effort to get to know the new kid here, their all about their cliques and drugs. The graduation rate is so low, teachers have to put in a 60 for a student who does no work. Awful school. Please send your child somewhere else.
Southern has put a heartache in me for the lack of self-esteem and demotivation that has taken place since my A and A/B Honor roll daugther who went there as a positive child with a bright outlook on her future. From the lack of concern and corrective discipline from the administrative staff at Southern, my daughter feels a lack of self-esteem for her future. If you do not have a extra ordinary child, I do not recommend Southern as it lacks the administrative support for our kids and the quality of teaching is quite low. There is only one teacher I know of at Southern who puts all efforts and concern in her students for achievement and she has yet to be recognized. The scores at Southern are still low in comparison to other schools and I know exacly why. Southern could use a better administrative staff.
I admite that I thought Southren High School was not a good school. My step son attends this school and is making great progress. He seems to enjoy it as much as any school.He is making good grades at this school with help from all the teachers there.I found out that the teachers do care, but it's up to the students and parents to make this a great school.The principal and teachers are trying to do just that. Please give Southren a chance.
Southern is truly a great school! I didn't know what to expect going there as a young and new teacher, but I was stunned. Many fail to realize you can't judge a school by what you hear...come to Southern, volunteer, and get involved with our students. DO NOT underestimate Southern. We need to remember that our students need love, support and discipline! Which I firmly believe starts at home. Whether you are a parent or someone just talking, get involved with the education of these students. Anybody can talk, but it takes a mighty man or woman to show action! I believe in Southern, even if no one else does! And hats off to Mr. Teal, you are absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all that you do!
I can hardly wait for my children to leave the Durham public Schools. The leadership of this school is subpar. The leadership is lacking in providing academic support for teachers. There is no support for extra-curricular activities, educational or otherwise. I do not recommend Southern High School. It's weak academically and leadershipwise.