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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
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
South Mecklenburg High School is a highly rated, public school located in Charlotte, NC. It has 3,031 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 61% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
8900 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28210
Telephone
(980) 343-3600

South Mecklenburg High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
61%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1200
384 responses
Average ACT
26
223 responses
AP Enrollment
32%
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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
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$81,786
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$960
National
$949
Median Home Value
$292,306
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
66%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.50 responses
Poll
72%
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 136 responses
Report
  • The pep rallies before homecoming games.
    25%
  • Sport Events
    24%
  • Our plays its go big or go home at south
    17%
  • Highschool nation tour
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Homecoming and Reverse Homecoming
    7%
  • Painting the rock
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,031
Free or Reduced Lunch
43%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,004
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.75 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.75 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.75 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
$10,198/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.74 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.74 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.74 responses
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South Mecklenburg High School Reviews

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My experience here was incredible! It is a really a great school because you gain a lot. For example, I have gained new friendships, ideas, knowledge and skills just by being involved in clubs and activities. Thanks to South Mecklenburg, I now know what career I want to pursue. The Language Magnet Program has been able to attract a diverse group of students. In addition, South's faculty and staff try their best to ensure students gain a quality education while maintaining a upbeat atmosphere.
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South Mecklenburg Highschool is an extremely diverse school. Being in the Language Magnet Program, I have been exposed to many ethnicities and cultures from all around the world. South Meck allows many opportunities for its students to actively engage in the world, expand their interactions, and to open their mind to different perspectives. It also provides a variety of career building activities that are beneficial for students who are interested in being more involved in their communities.

Yet, many of my fellow peers are not aware of these opportunities. Informing students on where to find the activities going on beyond campus and reaching out to students who necessarily do not have the resources to find these activities is something South Meck can improve on.
South Mecklenburg wasn't my school of choice. My mother required me to attend because my homeschool is substandard. I was very upset at first, but truthfully, the past few years has allowed me to grow in ways I've never imagined. South Meck is extremely diverse, and it allowed me to experience people extremely different than me. With that being said, some of the experiences stretched me and hurt. Diversity brings challenges some good and some bad. If I could see South Mecklenburg change in any way, it would be to see the teachers and administrators embrace all races as equals and not set standards based on one race of people or financial demographic.