South High School

  • South High School serves 1,595 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 27% (which is lower than the Colorado state average of 33%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 38% (which is lower than the Colorado state average of 42%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the Colorado state level of 17:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Colorado state average of 47%.

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School Overview

  • South High School's student population of 1,595 students has grown by 16% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 97 teachers has grown by 25% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,595 students
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Total Classroom Teachers97 teachers
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School Comparison

  • South High School's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 18:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of South High School is 0.73, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CO)
Overall School Rank#883 out of 1,704 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
27%
33%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
38%
42%
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:117:1
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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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Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in South High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CO.
Diversity Score0.730.40
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Graduation Rate
83%
78%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
54%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
8%
8%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in South High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Colorado by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District Name No. 1 in the county of Denver and State of C School District
Source: 2016-2017 (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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