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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
South Side High School is a public school located in Fort Wayne, IN. It has 1,358 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 13% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.

South Side High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
13%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1060
106 responses
Average ACT
27
20 responses
AP Enrollment
1%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$48,023
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Median Home Value
$110,600
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
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
79%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 90 responses
  • Ivy day
    30%
  • Homecoming (winter and fall)
    19%
  • The totem poll game
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • The battle of Calhoun St
    7%
  • Pep Rallies
    6%
  • Prom
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,358
Free or Reduced Lunch
69%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.32 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.32 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.32 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,338/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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My experience at South Side High School was wonderful! I loved the diversity of my school and how close of community it was. I still keep in contact with many of my teachers and principle. South Side has proved to me that they care about their students and staff. There are many programs and resources offered to help students excel academically and socially. Lastly, South Side is authentic and a big melting pot with amazing students and staff who make up the school. I will always be proud of being an Archer!
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South Side HS in my community has this bad rep. It is my first year here, and I have immediately come to release that this is a false statement to say this is a bad school full of bad kids. It is as my gym teacher said, just a very minuscule proportion of the kids here that give the school a bad rep. South Side is actually a very friendly and welcoming place. People just don't want to see that because the vast majority of the school is the minority population here in Fort Wayne. So, for those reading this, don't judge a place by ear, till you actually first-hand witness a place like this, you can't possibly know. I came from a majority white private school with a very good rep before this, and I would go on the record to say I feel much more welcomed here at South Side. So, don't judge a book by its cover, that statement is very much true and I have realized that in person here at my school.
Ever since I was a freshman at South Side High School , I’ve had teachers that support me. I love how the school is very diverse and the staff are willing to help students . The most important thing about school is teachers . If you have teachers that welcomes you with open arms, you’ll feel safe. You feel like you have someone to depend on . This is how I feel about teachers at South Side . They aren’t there for you just academically . They are willing to listen to your problems that doesn’t involve school stuff. I feel well prepared for college because of these teachers .