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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
South High School is an above average, public school located in Waukesha, WI. It has 1,006 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 27% of students are at least proficient in math and 29% in reading.

South High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
29%
Percent Proficient - Math
27%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1430
6 responses
Average ACT
25
157 responses
AP Enrollment
41%

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$61,380
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$876
National
$949
Median Home Value
$194,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
85%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Pep rally
    34%
  • Senior toga run
    29%
  • Snow Show (talent show)
    26%
  • Prom
    11%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,006
Free or Reduced Lunch
46%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$71,875
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,653/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
31%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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I enjoyed all of the students and teachers I have met here. It is a very friendly environment and I enjoy going to school every day. All the teachers are more than happy to help students whenever they need it and they do a good job preparing you for higher education. Along with that, there are a lot of activities that are fun to watch such as football games, basketball games, etc.
However, I would like to see the school culture improve. Yes, this school isn't recognized for being great athletically, but I feel a lack of motivation is the cause of this. Everyone has a fixed mindset that our school is bad at sports and that we will always lose. This keeps people from trying their best no matter what. If that mindset could change to one of more positive encouragement, I think that Waukesha South could achieve great things.
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I love Waukesha South High School because there I always feel like I belong. Everyone is really nice and the teachers are so good at what they do. I found the sport I love and now we are the 2nd best cheer team in the state and the second most successful sport t South, beside the boys swim team. School spirit is always really apparent as well, everyone comes to football games to support and there is a lot of excitement at pep rallies and events. If i could change one thing I would change the new backpack rule, because I find it beneficial to me and my education to be able to carry everything I need for the whole day. Despite that, I wouldn't have changed a thing about my high school experience.
I loved the sports and culture there. Very nice teachers and staff overall. The coaches are always there to help as well as the teachers. There's a variety of extracurriculars to participate in. Joining choir was the best decision every because of Mr. Brinker who sadly had to move on. However, their musical theater department is great. Under the administration of Mrs. Richards, the performances are almost always stellar in their grand theater hall.