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10-12
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Port Orchard, WA
Students enrolled: 2,211

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425 Mitchell Ave
Port Orchard, WA 98366

(360) 874-5600
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September 17, 2014
Great teachers, students are very polite and friendly, lots of opportunities for students academically and with after school activities. Very large but that gives students lots of opportunities to be involved. Scheduling is sometimes difficult. Sports teams are good. Some of the building could use updating.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
South Kitsap High school seems like a very good school so far. My daughter is a sophomore. The school is just so crowded. There should really be another High school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
south kitsap highis very crowed. staff seems to have a good handle on running the school

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2013
Amazing school I have never been to a school where all the teachers are willing to help every student out. There are so many choices of classes and opportunities to take advanced class that earn college credit. I went to Vashon island but was very disappointed they have a major drug problem and teachers are not willing to help out or provide extended learning opportunities and extra-curricular programs. South Kitsap is by far one of the best schools on the peninsula. Many of my friends went to gig harbor h.s. and peninsula h.s. and they all wish they would have never gone there because south cared and allowed for greater opportunities.

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 2013
Graduate of 2010. Suffered severe health issues in my senior year and because of the 7-absence penalty I almost didn't graduate on time even with documents on my poor health caused by the social anxieties of the school's overcrowding issue. Major drug problem with the kids on campus. Too many kids fall through the cracks because teachers didn't have the time to help them out. My sister is going through the same nightmare I went through, and she's in poorer health than me (it runs in the family). So far they've lost her health records twice, and she's had to purchase books outside of school because of the constant shortage regardless of the endless amount of fundraiser events. All they ever talk about is why there shouldn't be another school even though it's heavily overcrowded, because it would cause conflict between the sports teams. Speaking of sports, their physical education curriculum is outdated by 46 years.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2010
I'm a current student at SKHS, this is my first year attending the school, and I do not have a good first impression of it. There are two things that stick out the most when I started going to this school: One, it's overwhelmingly crowded and two, other students. The first one is very self explanatory, but when you come to other students...there are several teens that look like druggies, are noisy, and use obscene language. There's PDA going on in every corner. I try to make friends, but I just feel unwelcome and exiled from a majority of students. It's hard to come across good friends now a days. Everyone just seems to want to stay with people they only know...Then when it comes to the Guidance Office! Ugh, I feel that they don't promote students that really care about their education too well when it comes to class changes.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
I am a former student who just graduated. Sure, sports are a big part of the school, as it should be. High school isn't all about academics. If you want an academic challenge at this school you have to find it. If you need help, teachers and staff were always willing to help me out. I had fun there. It surely isn't for everyone. And as for bad teachers: every school has them, you have to expect more in a school where there are 2500 students!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 15, 2008
Very scary place. A scary school in a scary town. Do not send your children there.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 13, 2007
I am a 2003 graduate of South Kitsap High School. The 3 years that I spent at South were not always the best. However it was not until my Junior and Senior years of high school That I found teachers and people that really cared about what my long term goals for my future were. Mrs. Gabrielle Nelson who taught my Junior and Senior English courses was absolutely amazing! She is an amazing encourager and was one of my key influences when I chose to become a teacher. The others that have greatly influenced me were not at South but at West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton. I found my time there to be fruitful and it ultimatly underscored my immense passion for teaching this next generation and to call them to a higher standard of not only academic excellance but immense pride in themselves.

- submitted by a former student
April 19, 2007
The school didn't care about students or anything other than sports and money. Even if you had a club or other group that made money, they took it for sports. Academia was completely ignored unless you were lucky and got some of the great teachers.

- submitted by a former student
April 12, 2007
My son started at this school 7+ months ago. This is his second year of HS but first year at the HS, since they spend the first year of HS at the JR High because there isn't room. Every trimester his teachers change. I haven't had much luck with getting responses via email from any of his teachers. Since there is a lack of feedback from teachers except at conference, there isn't much a parent can do to monitor progress. SKHS isn't likely to turn an unmotivated child into one that is. The short time a teacher spends with your teen doesn't allow for teacher involvement. It appears from my son's comments that his piers don't take the electives seriously even though there does seem to be a variety.Bottomline, an overcrowded school spells trouble for teens needing additional help. They just get lost in the crowd.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2007
Excellent class selection and good technical department. Good at transition resources. Not good teachers attitudes. Some do not choose to be involved with parents. Some teachers flat out will not be supportive, like they are only there because they have to be. Others teachers are great. It's a cultural attitude you get hit with that is disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
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October 05, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 10, 2006
In my opinion, part of SKHS's overcrowding is due to the fact that we don't want to lose our 'cream of the crop' athlete choices. When we have so many choices, we can create a winning team. State Championships are important- enough books for each student?- Well, that's on the backburner. This school is much more concerned about how we end up at the end of the season than what our WASL results reveal. If we could spend as much money on academic excellence- enough books, enough desks, enough space, enough teacher/student time, we would have more than half of our SKHS students passing the WASL Math. Heck, if we had the same ratio of coach/player to teacher/student contact, I would be happy. Bottom line, my junior passed the WASL. That was her achievement- not the school's. BTW, my older daughter and I are both SKHS graduates. -Disheartened

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
I loved going to South Kitsap High School. Considering how many people went to that school with me, everyone seemed to get along with each other swimmingly.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
excellent school,excellent teachers

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2004
As a former student at South Kitsap, I do have to say that it did pretty much try to focus on just 'Making the standard.' There was never a 'Lets exceed the standard.' With a student body of almost 2500 students, it was hard to manuver around and get somewhere on time. I am a graduate of 2002. From the sounds of things, once again they worried about one thing: Athletics. If you werent an athelete you were nothing. I myself was in the NJROTC program and was more of the 'spit on' because no one desired to care about what we did. Now I am in the military and still laugh at the fact that they still wonder where the atheletes went and not the soldiers that went to Iraq, or Afghanistan.

- submitted by a former student
October 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2004
I attended South and graduated 2003. I left with mixed feelings. It is a school that tried to do well with what they have. With a school this size, it seems things are looked at in a black and white sense. The environment/actions remain politically correct and decisions aren't always the right ones due to fear of just how the community will react. The community is not always supportive and the staff/policies aren't always understanding. The school is one of small town politics and friday night football games, striving for the typical instead of raising its standards. To me, it felt that importance was placed more on entertainment (football, cheer) then intelligent education. I left the school with a large circle of close friends but a disillusioned view of the educational system. It took me a year to finally rediscover an interest and thrill that can be had with learning and expanding.

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 09, 2004
If the dropout rate is 8.2% and the graduation rate is 75% where is the other 16.8%. Who is cooking these books? Someone that took math at South Kitsap High School? Best school spirit? Who cares? This school is too large and too focused on sports. School levies will do nothing but add more administration and security officers. Find the statistics on where that money went last year. New secretaries, etc. No books. Classes with more students than books mean no homework.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
This is the first year I've had a student at South. I admit that the mere size of the school and the amount of students was overwhelming at first by both me and my son. We were both pleasantly surprised at how efficient the school organizes things so that it doesn't seem so big. They seem to have things down to a small science and I am confident that my son will get a good education there. He has many choices for extra curricular activities if he chooses and the school spirit is infectious. I have heard people say that South Kitsap isn't all about academics but it is all about sports. Yes sports are a big deal there but I wouldn't say it's any different than any other school. South Kitsap High School is a great school where kids can focus on whatever it is they want to and I am proud to be a parent of a child who goes there.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
The last parent conference went smooth, and most of the teachers were friendly and seemed interested in helping the students learn to their full potential. The overall parent teacher conference's were very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
My Grandmother, my Mother, my Wife and I and my Daughter and two sons have all attended SKHS. Actually my youngest son is in his final year. I enjoyed each year myself and have found a tremendous amount of support by the teachers and counselors for anything I or my kids ever needed. I have always had total support by the teachers whenever we needed it regarding our kids. Dave and Mary Schurr

- submitted by a former student
February 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2004
I am discouraged with the lack of education my son has received in South Kitsap High, he has been told by a teacher that all he will be is a D student, he has also been told he needs a baby sitter to find a book in the library. He has asked for help but no one has time. In elementry school the teacher told him to 'tell your dad to stop calling me'. This was infront of his classmates. This morning I went to school and asked someone in the guidance office to please give me a call. I just called and was told the counselor has gone for the day. I guess there is no time for me or my son. I called the discovery school last year and was told he had to fail 10th grade before they would do anything.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
I attended SK schools my entire life. I was born and raised in South Kitsap. And mnever did I ever see a highschool with so much spirit. It makes me proud to know I attended a high school that won Evening Magazines 'best school spirit' award the 3 years in a row I went there. This school, though over crowded has so much heart it's amazing the kids get along so well.

- submitted by a former student
January 03, 2004
South Kitsap High School has improved since I got involved because my last two children are good examples. Dave Columbini and his staff have worked hard to listen to parents and students on academic, sports and student issues. I hope more parents get involved if they want changes to occur or help South Kitsap continue to graduate successful young men and women. The 4 year levy also helps the schools and district plan on a long term budget for improving and maintaining South Kitsap as one of the finest school districts in Washington State. Please attend the PAC meetings, support staff and student consultations, ask questions and get answers, and keep involved with your student's education. Yes, South is crowded but it can be just another school when the students have confidence in their abilities and don't let the crowd influence their desires and goals. Friends help make anything seem less intimidating. As for school buses, the students can help the bus driver make the ride more responsible by being good examples. Last, I would like to add that not all students were meant to be bookworms because they learn by doing however, graduation does require certain credits. I like the Ignite Mentor program if students take advantage of it. There is also a Tutoring program for students who need assistance. Good luck and congratulations to those who continue their education.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2003
I've attended South Kitsap High School myself and have found the teachers there to be outstanding. They can't help it when parents fail to raise their children well enough to understand that, or are simply uninformed themselves.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2003
Some very questionable teachers have slipped into this school in the past as well as now. My child will be going out of the district to attend high school because of South's poor quality teachers, the unreliable school board, and the severe overcrowding problem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2003
I attended SK schools as did all 4 of my kids; SK is a typical public school that is primarily a job source for staff and union members. College prep takes all precedent over vocational alternatives. Safety for students is a very low priority especially on rural bus routes. 'Bang for the buck' in our property tax based school system is very poor.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
i am not a parent but i am currently a student at south kitsap high school. Truthfully, i think that the school is pretty good the one of the things that i really dont like is the class size, there are thirty-five students in my senior english class alone. Which in itself shows that there isnt enough one on one time. The lunch periods are closed campus which is also something that my friends and i complain about alot. South Kitsap offers a lot of extra curricular clubs, which i go to (some anyways).

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
I agree, South Kitsap High School is too large for a quality education. My son fell through the cracks in 11th grade because he has some learning problems that could not be addressed directly due to the volume of kids and not enough time. It makes me sad that my daughter who is an honor student will be there next year, but thank goodness she is self motivated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2003
South Kitsap High School is simply too large. Too many students are slipping through the cracks as shown by the dismal dropout and graduation statistics. Not enough 'one on one' time with teachers is possible. College sized classes and class rotations don't give students opportunities to develop positive relationships with teachers. Students need a connection to stay motivated. We need to save these kids with our time and our attention,and yes our money. The rigid attendance policy works against students. Attendance 'F's' certainly cause students to give up and drop out. We need another high school needed now!

- submitted by a community member
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South Kitsap High School
425 Mitchell Ave, Port Orchard, WA  98366
(360) 874-5600
Last modified South Kitsap High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Kitsap High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top