South High School

  • South High School serves 1,605 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 35% (which is equal to the Colorado state average of 35%) for the 2017-18 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 36% (which is lower than the Colorado state average of 44%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • South High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Colorado state level of 17:1.

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School Overview

  • South High School's student population of 1,605 students has grown by 14% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 87 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,605 students
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Total Classroom Teachers87 teachers
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School Comparison

  • South High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,768 schools in Colorado (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 16:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of South High School is 0.72, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CO)
Overall Testing Rank#907 out of 1768 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
35%
35%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
36%
44%
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:117:1
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American Indian
1%
1%
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Asian
9%
3%
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Hispanic
37%
34%
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Black
22%
5%
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White
28%
53%
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Hawaiian
n/a
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Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.720.60
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Graduation Rate
89%
80%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
50%
34%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
8%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameSchool District No. 1 In The County Of Denver And State Of C School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CO Dept. of Education

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South HS is a perfect size and a terrific college prep high school in South Denver. The facilities and campus are historic as well as the best that any DPS high school has to offer. This school offers 19 AP classes and is on the cutting edge of urban education. They have AVID and are a national training site for that program. This is a program for average students to move up into a college prep course track with a lot of teacher mentors to keep them on track. They have every varsity sport including mens lacrosse with outstanding coaches.This is a diverse population school and some families are frightened by that and stay away. What a shame as this is what allows for all the students to have a more global view/education and are quite attractive to the very selective colleges and universities that love South graduates.Our two children were very successful and happy at South and had an excellent education there, and were recent graduates. They are currently attending highly selective colleges in the East coast.
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