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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    C
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Southern Columbia High School is an above average, public school located in Catawissa, PA. It has 432 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 87% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

Southern Columbia High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
87%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1150
106 responses
Average ACT
25
9 responses
AP Enrollment
8%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$59,196
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$920
National
$949
Median Home Value
$198,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Sports & musical
    38%
  • Class trips
    23%
  • Sports
    23%
  • Homecoming
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
432
Free or Reduced Lunch
21%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$72,053
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.1%
46%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$17,114/ year
National
$12,239
41%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.17 responses
12%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.17 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.17 responses
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I had an above average experience at Southern Columbia High School. The teachers I met and interacted with were very knowledgeable and kind in their own unique ways. It's also a very accepting and diverse school for people to apply and join, with many clubs and activities to look into. The food could obviously need a little upgrading, but not everyone is ever going to love one thing. Another thing that could be improved is parent involvement all around for the school.
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What I like about Southern Columbia is that it is a very small school. This means that the class sizes are about 9-15 people so you can get all the hands on experience you want. It is a very safe school as well. Not a day has gone by in all my years at Southern have I ever felt unsafe. Everyone is friendly. Yeah every school has their groups but no matter what group your in, the other groups will still talk to you. The sports at Southern are amazing. almost all of our sports teams make it to districts. Even though we win a lot aat sports, we don't let it get to our heads or make us have a big ego.
A lot for the teachers were nice and well focused on us receiving an education. But our music program is on the verge of getting shut down due to lack of funding, and yet they built a brand new Astro turf football field.