South High School
South High School serves 1,605 students in grades 9-12.
South High School placed in the top 50% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 38% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 35%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 53% (which is higher than the Colorado state average of 47%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Colorado state level of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Colorado state average of 47% (majority Hispanic).
South High School's student population of 1,605 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 87 teachers has declined by 7% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
South High School is ranked within the top 50% of all 1,783 schools in Colorado (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of South High School is 0.74, 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 Data
State Level (CO)
Overall Testing Rank
#657 out of 1783 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CO Dept. of Education
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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