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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South High Community School is an above average, public school located in Worcester, MA. It has 1,407 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 75% in reading.

South High Community School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
75%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
74%
Average SAT
1110
175 responses
Average ACT
26
24 responses
AP Enrollment
27%

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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$43,844
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$987
National
$949
Median Home Value
$207,435
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 91 responses
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  • International Show
    25%
  • Spirit Week
    19%
  • South Idol
    15%
  • Variety Show
    10%
  • I love the school's sports breakfast
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    5%
  • Band parades
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,407
Free or Reduced Lunch
61%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$73,315
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.7%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.32 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.32 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.32 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,299/ year
National
$12,239
82%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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I loved my experience at South High! The school offers an impressive amount of AP classes, I believe around twenty. For those who decide to do dual enrollment, South high announces their early dismissal so you don't have to explain to your teachers why you're constantly leaving class early, and there is a bus that takes you from South to the college. South really encourages students to prepare for college. South is one of the most diverse high schools in Worcester, allows students to connect with people different from them, and have an understanding of those who are different from them. The biggest problem is that South doesn't have walls, it can be difficult to pay attention at times, but in a few months you get used to this somewhat noisy environment. However, South high is currently in the process of building a new school, so this issue of having no walls will no longer be a problem within the next few years.
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South High Community is a great school! Everyone in the school is every kind including teachers, counselors, administrators etc. South High is a very diverse school, you always feel welcome in that school no matter where you come from. Being in South high for four years, I realize how everyone stand for each other and protect each other no matter what the situation is. Being in South High is like having a second family because it’s safe and you always have some to talk to. I learn a lot from my teachers, teachers at my school always have time to go over topics with students one on one if we have any trouble of understanding it. That’s one thing I love about my teachers at South high. Lastly, in South high we are all a community and we always have come together to help each other in times of need.
My overall experience at South High Community School was pretty great, especially for a school that has no walls. Everyday when you walk into the school I was greeted with over 50 international flags representing the ethnicity and cultures of many of the students who attend South High. It was a really diverse community. It is a place where most people were very accepting of others. There is always someone that likes the same things as you, so you never really feel lonely or like you do not belong.
Some things I hope have changed is the fact that academies are organized by the scores students receive from their MCAS. I have noticed that academies like Goddard, students are being taught differently. And most of the students in Goddard are white. Meanwhile, other academies are subjected to a lower standard. Rather than learning exciting and interesting materials, students in these lower levels-usually students of color- teachers are more focusing on behavioral managements.