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South Salem High School

Public | 7-12 | 1971 students

 

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Posted November 29, 2008

Administration don't have the support of the staff which makes the day worse of for the children who go there. The teachers that did and could make a difference, they let go and or fired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

Many teachers at this school has been more of a friend to my children than an educator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2006

South has been a great fit for me, as a student. The staff is awesome and so are the students. I think our principal is really great and I think the Small Learning Communities will actually be helpful. I can't say enough about how awesome South is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2006

South has been a great school for over fifty years.It has a strong academic program, including an IB program for students who want especially rigorous and challenging coursework. Its music department is exceptional; for two consecutive years the department has been awarded the classification as a Grammy Signature Gold School, meaning that South has one of the top seven high school music programs in the country. However, South recently got a new principal and she is determined to bring the 'small learning communities' concept to South against the wishes of most students, parents and several (if not most) teachers. This woman does not appear to be interested in what others have to say about this, nor is she willing to acknowledge that SMLs are not working in other schools around the country. Due to her position at South, the future does not look bright for this stellar school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

I love this school, but there isnt much parent involvement, and there isnt much leadership, i enjouy going here and i feel safe here
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

The Governor of Oregon is an alumni of South Salem High and it is no surprise. This school knows how to emulate leadership, discipline, and citizenship. The teachers are some of the finest I have ever seen. They prepared my child, who in the beginning had no direction, into an honor student with a scholarship accepted to a private college. I think this is one of the best high schools in the state, especially if you have a child with special needs on an IEP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

I started the school year out at sprague and I ended up transfering to south becuase I just wasnt have a good time at sprague with some of my classes and well just kind of being there. since i have transferd to south I like it way better than sprague. I feel like I am getting a much better education and I feel more comfortable going to school. When I went to sprague I never wanted to go to school I would make a new reason not to go to school every morning. Now that I go to south it's not a problem since I actually want to be there and go to school. My whole life has changed for the better sing I started goinbg to south. I don't feel as much pressure from everything and everyone anymore and I just plain LOVE south! Maritza Montoya
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2004

Prior to attending South I went to Sprague, having the background of both schools it's obvious which environment I am benefiting from. South may not be the richest school or have the largest amount of computers, but it was there I received the most one on one attention and care. My GPA alone has risen over a point, beyond just the grades I feel I have gotten a quality education. When in a comfortable atmosphere that isn t overwhelming with being constantly judged, where the administration encourages me to work to my full potential I have blossomed in my high school career. Sincerely *Porshe Frye*
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2004

I go to this school and I think it is the best thing for a growing young kid. The teachers really know what they are talking about and if you want to learn they will help you greatly. I think south Salem high school is great not only for its academics but its social environment, every one knows each other and it s not hard to make a new friend at the local sporting events.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2004

South Salem High School is an environment where learning is possible, yet unlikely. Compared to other schools in the Salem Keizer district, South Salem puts the least emphasis on academics for all but the top. Those enrolled in their prized 'IB' program will recieve the majority of attention. The rest is allotted to those with disabilities and reading deficiencies. The average student is overlooked and generally just passed from teacher to teacher without a connection of any kind. South Salem's environment is miasmic at best and crushes any dream or aspiration to be creative or expressive under the giant rollers of conformity. I would think twice before letting any child of mine attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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

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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 56% in 2010.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

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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.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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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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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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 Students71%
Female73%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners10%
Migrant17%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial93%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners14%
Migrant67%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students65%
Female64%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant17%
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodation13%

Writing

All Students62%
Female70%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander59%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial40%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners<=5%
Migrant17%
Academically gifted90%
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 61% 66%
Hispanic 27% 21%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian 2% 4%
Black 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

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  • After school

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Drama
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