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South Medford High School

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Posted March 30, 2008

The school remodel couldn't come soon enough, because the building could use some work. But I strongly believe that nearly every other aspect of SMHS is fantastic.


Posted November 19, 2007

I love this school, It's absolutley amazing. I'm in the band program and we travel to entertain our crowd. South does have some downs but it also has school spirit, teachers that care, things to do, and ways to keep students active and out of harms way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

South Medford is a wonderful school in some aspects, and not so great in others. There are numerous clubs, extracurricular activities, and sports that students can participate in, and these groups frequently exceed in competitive events. The music program is one of a kind; it is arguably the best in Southern Oregon in secondary education. South sports are quite exceptional. There are many outstanding teachers that work at South. They make it a unique and enjoyable environment for those students who are there to learn. Then again, there are those few who don't do very well as teachers. Administration is average, but once again, individual people keep it above standard. Many classes (including AP) are available. If the student is willing to get involved, he/she will find plenty to do. The smaller campus provides for a more together-like community. We are a diverse school, and have a relatively large Latino population.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2007

After 9+ years in this school district, I will say there are some amazing teachers there to help compensate for the lousy administration. If you try to talk to the Registrar to transfer credits, the Principal, the assistant principals, watch out (double check them)! From the very top to the very bottom in administration (excluding the secretaries), you will find apathy, bureaucracy, a general breakdown in compassion or thoughfulness towards the students and some very power-hungry individuals trying to get to the top via any means possible. There is a lot of 'teaching' dishonesty and, it is my opinion, that if the administration itself lacks integrity, the entire system of teaching will not work well. It is also my opinion that the teachers are bound by some very power-hungry administrators. The kids are powerless. This is what government is known for. Take a number and hope they're in a good mood./
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2005

High availabilty of extracurricular activities. AP classes available. Lots of clubs. Awesome arts dept. Very competitive top notch sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Poor involvement in the students emotional needs, peer pressures, what's going on among the students towards one another. Parental involvment is low unless your child is in a special needs class, then the parent, teacher & student interactive involvement is good. My daughters did terrible at this school, my son; with special needs did well. It is sad that the students can run like they do, without suppervision and guidence; they all need it and few receive it at home or at school. My youngist daughter who is a junior this year, is being transferred to a different school, and last year was homeschooled 1/2 year and went to a private school the other 1/2 of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2004

I love this school and the music and sports programs they provide. I encourage you to enroll your child/s in South Medford. They have great activities, and are always envolved with the students.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
82%
Science

2010

 
 
66%
Writing

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial73%
Native American83%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners29%
Migrant20%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
African American67%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial81%
Native American>=95%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant50%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female73%
Male70%
African American83%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial85%
Native American67%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant<=5%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students61%
Female67%
Male55%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial63%
Native American67%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learners57%
Migrant10%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 65%
Hispanic 21% 21%
Two or more races 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Black 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Medford, OR 97501
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