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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
South Side High School is a public school located in Fort Wayne, IN. It has 1,409 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 15% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.
Address
3601 S Calhoun St
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Telephone
(260) 467-2600
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South Side High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
15%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1060
94 responses
Average ACT
27
20 responses
AP Enrollment
1%

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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$45,853
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$708
National
$949
Median Home Value
$106,500
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
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.27 responses
Poll
78%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.27 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 82 responses
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  • Ivy day
    30%
  • Homecoming (winter and fall)
    20%
  • The totem poll game
    16%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • 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
1,409
Free or Reduced Lunch
78%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.36 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.36 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.36 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
$12,261/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
27%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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South Side High School is one of the most diverse schools in Indiana. Everyday that I go to school, I experience unique cultures all around me. I see a range of colors. I hear a multitude of languages. I love this part about South Side High School. In my experience, there is not a lot of pressure to look a certain way or to have enough money because our school is so diverse that no one can really judge another. Each student's situation is different and that is evident right when you walk through the front doors. I feel safe and accepted there, despite the reputation for the area surrounding it. South Side High School may not be the best at certain sports, or even have the most clubs, but it sure does have culture! Teachers motivate students to excel. Students are encouraged to be involved in extracurriculars. Also, South Side offers the IB program. Suited best for college readiness. I recommend South Side High School for a diverse, open-minded, accepting, and influential experience.
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South side has a very diverse environment, we are also the only school in Fort Wayne to have International Baccalaureate Program which is so amazing , I am so glad I am apart of it . School culture isn’t very appreciated and whenever we have school events and rally our school has no pride whatsoever. The teachers especially the academic teachers aren’t even qualified to teach they are just there. no one is really preparing so I as a student graduating this school year of 2020 would like that to change .
What I like about South Side High School is the diversity of the school. I love how you can be friends with anyone and everyone without anyone judging you based on what you look like. Although the school lacked spirit for my past 3 years in high school, it has been coming back this year which is a great thing to have your senior year. All thanks to our wonderful teachers who get up each and every day to teach us students. The teachers at South Side are very kind and respectful. They are always available to help the students if they need help with an assignment. My counselor is the greatest of all the staff at South Side. She is always worried about each of her students, and always checks up on us even if she does not have much time. I know if I need guidance in a situation I can always go to my counselor and she will always give me her honest opinion.