South Mecklenburg High School

South Mecklenburg High School serves 2,744 students in grades 9 - 12.
The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is higher than the NC average of 16:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 49%.
South Mecklenburg High School operates within the Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District.
The school district's 70% graduation rate is lower than the NC state average of 76%.

School Overview

The student population of 2744 students has grown by 54% over five years.
The teacher population of 148 teachers has grown by 26% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 2,744 students
South Mecklenburg High School Total Students (1987-2014)
Gender % South Mecklenburg High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 148 teachers
South Mecklenburg High School Total Teachers (1987-2014)
Students by Grade South Mecklenburg High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (NC) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 19:1 16:1
South Mecklenburg High School Student Teacher Ratio (1987-2014)
Asian
3%
3%
South Mecklenburg High School Asian Students (1988-2014)
Hispanic
25%
15%
South Mecklenburg High School Black Students (1989-2014)
Black
29%
26%
South Mecklenburg High School Black Students (1988-2014)
White
40%
51%
South Mecklenburg High School White Students (1988-2014)
Two or more races
3%
4%
South Mecklenburg High School Two Or More Races Students (2011-2014)
All Ethnic Groups South Mecklenburg High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown NC All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.70 0.45
South Mecklenburg High School Diversity Score (1988-2014)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
38%
47%
South Mecklenburg High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1988-2014)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
6%
7%
South Mecklenburg High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2014)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 142,991 students has grown by 5% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 70% has decreased from 95% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $16,770 is higher than the state average of $10,864. The district revenue/student has grown by 82% over four years.
The district spending/student of $11,169 is higher than the state average of $10,591. The district spending/student has grown by 18% over four years.
School District Name Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District
Number of Schools
Managed
165
1
Number of Students Managed 142,991 1,120
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District Students Managed (1988-2014)
Graduation Rate 70% 76%
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District Graduation Rate (2001-2010)
District Total Revenue $2,297 MM $18 MM
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District District Total Revenue (1990-2010)
District Spending $1,530 MM $18 MM
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District District Spending (1990-2010)
District Revenue / Student $16,770 $10,864
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2010)
District Spending / Student $11,169 $10,591
Charlotte-mecklenburg s School District District Spending / Student (1990-2010)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2014 (latest year available) NCES, NC Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools:

The nearest high school is Kennedy Charter Public School (1 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Quail Hollow Middle School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Smithfield Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • CharlotteQuail Hollow Middle School
    0.4 miles | Grades: 6-8 | 954 students2901 Smithfield Church Rd
    CharlotteNC 28210
    (980)343-3620
    0.46-8954
  • CharlotteSmithfield Elementary School
    0.5 miles | Grades: PK-5 | 664 students3200 Smithfield Church Rd
    CharlotteNC 28210
    (980)343-6550
    0.5PK-5664
  • CharlotteKennedy Charter Public School
    Charter School
    1 miles | Grades: KG-12 | 332 students1717 Sharon Rd West
    CharlotteNC 28210
    (704)688-2939
    1KG-12332
  • PinevilleSterling Elementary School
    1.6 miles | Grades: PK-5 | 615 students9601 China Grove Church Rd
    PinevilleNC 28134
    (980)343-3636
    1.6PK-5615
  • CharlotteHuntingtowne Farms Elementary School
    1.7 miles | Grades: KG-5 | 925 students2520 Huntingtowne Farms Ln
    CharlotteNC 28210
    (980)343-3625
    1.7KG-5925

School Reviews

Presently I am living out of the school district due to my employment, but will be returning this year. I have had two stepchildren and two children to graduate from SMH. The last to graduate had Dr. Furr as her principal and cited how the school drastically changed; others to date speak of inequality among students and poor school atmosphere. Should I seek somewhere else? I hesitantly recommend the school since I don't have all the facts.
- Posted by Parent, 01/03/14

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