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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
South Lakes High School is a highly rated, public school located in Reston, VA. It has 2,520 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.

South Lakes High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1250
545 responses
Average ACT
29
146 responses
AP Enrollment
6%
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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
Median Household Income
$116,375
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,835
National
$949
Median Home Value
$488,000
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
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.50 responses
Poll
76%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 168 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    24%
  • Homecoming game
    17%
  • Prom
    14%
  • Homecoming Week Class Competition
    12%
  • Sing Strong
    9%
  • Broadway Night
    7%
  • Theatre performances
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,520
Free or Reduced Lunch
29%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.9%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.77 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.77 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.77 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,160/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
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South Lakes High School Reviews

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Although the IBDP is difficult, it is a great opportunity offered by SLHS to prepare yourself for college and being proactive in your future. The nature of the student body is competitive at times, but it also depends what classes you are in. Overall, my experience at SLHS has been generally positive and a fun four years!
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South Lakes High School is a welcoming, diverse community. I was involved with cross country and track throughout my high school experience and the teammates have become my closest friends. The staff of teachers and custodians are easy to talk to and very helpful as they stay after school extra hours for tutoring and care about their students. I am lucky to have the privilege of taking International Baccalaureate courses and be rewarded by the National Honor Society at South Lakes. South Lakes has allowed me to develop into a more caring, independent, and knowledgeable individual. I feel like my overall experience has prepared me for college and work life after I graduate and has shaped my character positively.
My favorite part about South Lakes is the diversity. Since it is a very big school, there are students and faculty members of all races, cultures, sexualities, and identities. This allows others, including myself, to gain a better understanding of the variety of lifestyles that this world has to offer. I have become more open-minded and accepting of others just from being at South Lakes. Another benefit South Lakes provides is the opportunity to participate in some of the highest levels of education such as IB and Dual Enrollment. This has definitely given me an upper hand on education moving forward in life.