South High School

1700 East Louisiana Avenue
Denver, CO 80210
(School attendance zone shown in map)
9/
10
Top 20%
Serving 1,771 students in grades 9-12, South High School ranks in the top 20% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 30%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 41% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 33%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 71% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 47%).
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is higher than the Colorado state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Colorado state average of 48% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,771 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • : 91% (Top 30% in CO)
  • : Top 20%
  • : 41% (Top 30%)
  • : 71% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

South High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

South High School's student population of 1,771 students has grown by 12% over five school years.
The teacher population of 90 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,771 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
90 teachers
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School Rankings

South High School ranks within the top 20% of all 1,734 schools in Colorado (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of South High School is 0.67, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.61. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CO)
#285 out of 1734 schools
(Top 20%)
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41%
33%
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71%
47%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
20:1
15:1
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American Indian
1%
1%
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Asian
5%
3%
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Hispanic
32%
35%
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Black
10%
4%
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White
47%
52%
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Hawaiian
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Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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0.67
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91%
81%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
31%
30%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
6%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is South High School's ranking?
South High School is ranked #285 out of 1,734 schools, which ranks it among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado.
What schools are South High School often compared to?
South High Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like East High School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
41% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 33% CO state average), while 71% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 47% CO state average).
What is the graduation rate of South High School?
The graduation rate of South High School is 91%, which is higher than the Colorado state average of 81%.
How many students attend South High School?
1,771 students attend South High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
47% of South High School students are White, 32% of students are Hispanic, 10% of students are Black, 5% of students are Asian, 5% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are American Indian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of South High School?
South High School has a student ration of 20:1, which is higher than the Colorado state average of 15:1.
What grades does South High School offer ?
South High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is South High School part of?

School Reviews

5   11/24/2021
I love South HS because of its diversity, great teachers and staff & very sports-oriented!
- Posted by Parent - DC
5   8/9/2010
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.
- Posted by Parent - Heidi

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,771 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 53%
  • : 91% (Top 30%)
  • : Top 20%
  • : 41% (Top 30%)
  • : 71% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

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