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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
South High School is a highly rated, public school located in Downers Grove, IL. It has 2,655 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 53% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
Address
1436 Norfolk St
Downers Grove, IL 60516
Telephone
(630) 795-8500
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South High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
53%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1200
192 responses
Average ACT
27
340 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Median Household Income
$85,546
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,217
National
$949
Median Home Value
$340,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
92%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
73%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 145 responses
Report
  • Basketball and football games
    21%
  • Dances
    15%
  • Events for Fundraisers
    13%
  • Spirit Assemblies
    12%
  • Prom
    9%
  • One-Act Plays/Plays/Musicals
    8%
  • Cross Country meets
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,655
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$81,181
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.5%
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$21,148/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.68 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.68 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.68 responses
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Downers Grove South High School has a very positive and welcoming environment. The staff is always friendly and willing to help you when you have a question or problem. I have attended this high school for three years and I am looking forward to this upcoming school year. My school offers many different types of resources that have been really helpful. For example, I am able to attend college presentations to learn more about a particular school and to see if I am interested in applying. There are also Math and English resources to help students build their knowledge in those particular areas. In addition, teachers are willing to meet with students to help in the morning, during or after school. Overall, I think this is a great high school to attend!
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My personal experience with South High School has been one that's more on the pleasant side. Fortunately, all of my teachers that I've had were understanding and patient with me. They all genuinely cared about the well-being of their students and were devoted to providing as much support as possible. However, while I had a good experience, I know that the same unfortunately can't be said for others. There were some other students I knew who had very inconsistent teachers. When it came to those teachers, their behavior was either really nice to some students or really mean/unfair to others. In general, I think regulating behavior from teachers and making sure that they're treating their students well enough should be something that's more worked on. One option to get to that point is by giving students the option to fill in surveys on their teachers.
South has a lot of wonderful teachers! the classes offered here are super helpful for those looking to get into college and or are interested in different things. The counselors are also super flexible and patient, I've switched my classes so much to the point where my counselor and I had to figure out how to make it work and he helped me be able to fit all the classes I wanted for my senior year. Overall a great experience!