South St. Paul Secondary School
- SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN
grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade B minus
- Diversitygrade A
- Teachersgrade B
- College Prepgrade B
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade C
- Health & Safetygrade C+
- Administrationgrade D+
- Sportsgrade B+
- Foodgrade C minus
- Resources & Facilitiesgrade C minus
South St. Paul Secondary School is a public school located in SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN. It has 1,682 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
South St. Paul Secondary School Rankings
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Percent Proficient - Reading
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Overall Niche Grade
- Cost of Livinggrade B+
- Good for Familiesgrade B+
- Housinggrade B
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
74%of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 19 responses
84%of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 19 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 54 responses
- Pep Rallies22%
- Friday Night Football Games19%
- Dodge ball tounry9%
- Spirit Week4%
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
95%of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 22 responses
77%of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 22 responses
86%of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 22 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
88%of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 25 responses
92%of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 25 responses
76%of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 25 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
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Expenses Per Student
$13,567 / year
76%of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 33 responses
45%of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 33 responses
64%of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 33 responses
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South St. Paul Secondary School Reviews
Rating 3.77 out of 5 164 reviews
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South St. Paul secondary sets it up so every child has the opportunity to be loved, in a club or activity, and receive a sufficient education. That is something I will always appreciate. Over the years, the school has made many administrative changes which has led to many benefits and many disadvantages. There is now a much more unsafe atmosphere than previous years because of their acceptance of students that were expelled from neighboring schools, have criminal records, etc. There is an in-balance with the amount of issues amongst the student body and the administrative force there is. Something to South St. Paul Secondary's benefit is their teachers, however. They are full of passion, care, integrity, hospitality, the foundation of what is keeping the school together is the wonderful teachers and their role of wanting every student to succeed.
I have moved a lot throughout school and thus I have a good idea of what different schools have to offer. As a part of the IB Diploma Program here at SSP, despite the heavy workload, I quite enjoy it. 80% of my teachers are astounding not only at their jobs but with personal interaction. Nonetheless, before I entered into the IBDP program, I found myself struggling as I was a learner amidst kids who simply see school as a requirement to check off a list. There were still good peers and teachers, but they took a few years of finding. The communication and support from administration and teacher is poor in quality and effort. Scheduling is usually a big issue and every year there are hundreds of thousands in budget cuts so the arts programs are slowly dwindling. I hope after I leave some improvement can be made in the arts. SSPSS has good bones, and with that are some troubling and difficult aspects. It doesn’t help being in a poorer community. I do have a good connection to the place.
The administration is terrible at enforcing new policies and supporting teachers. There are many fights and many kids wander the halls during class. Vaping has become such a problem that the bathrooms are locked during the lunch period and some students do it in classes. I was able to take honors classes and IB classes and learn a lot. Unfortunately, in the non-honors and non-IB classes there is a lot of behavioral issues and lack of caring, which is hard for the kids who want to learn things at a less intense level. There are different organizations to support people who are African-American, Latino, LGBT, or female. These groups are great for those who are able to attend and get the support or those that want to learn more about the experiences of those who attend. Although these organizations exist and the school board wants to hear about the experiences of the students involved, they only want to know about the good things and not the things that need to be changed.