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South Philadelphia High School

Public | PK, 8-12 | 917 students

 

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Posted November 27, 2009

This school is certainly not the best place to send your kid but it's not the worst either. There are a lot of opportunities here that you don't often find in public schools. The two biggest flaws in this school though are definitely the discipline system and of course the mentally gifted program. Not enough kids are mentally gifted for them to spend much money on it. If you have a permitting budget and you're kid is advanced, send them somewhere else! There are a lot of fights too but most of it can be avoided if you hang with the right crowd.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2009

Although South Philadelphia has not always been the best in the States test results, this school is making major improvements. I am a senior at South Philadelphia High School. The thing about this school that I like, is that it offers the students chances. Southern gives students numerous of scholarships, activities and college opportunities to achieve. I love that the staff within the school, actually care about the students attending the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 1, 2004

A very good city high school. The opportunity for students to get a good quality education is at this school. Many of the discipline problems that occur here are because of students who don't belong in this academic setting. An outstanding principal and teaching staff can be found here.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
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The state average for Math was 76% in 2012.

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The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

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The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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34%

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24%

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16%

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16%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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12%

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15%

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8%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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3%

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3%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students34%
Female35%
Male33%
Black11%
Asian67%
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Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners67%

Reading

All Students12%
Female19%
Male6%
Black15%
Asian8%
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Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners6%

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All Students3%
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Black2%
Asian4%
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Economically disadvantaged3%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learners2%

Writing

All Students46%
Female55%
Male38%
Black40%
Asian50%
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Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
English language learners49%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 15%
Asian 23% 3%
White 8% 71%
Hispanic 6% 8%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
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Resources

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

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  • Drama
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2101 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: (215) 952-6220

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