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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Southern High School is a public school located in Graham, NC. It has 1,546 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 40% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.
Address
631 Southern High Road
Graham, NC 27253
Telephone
(336) 570-6400

Southern High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
40%
Average Graduation Rate
83%
Average SAT
1110
118 responses
Average ACT
23
56 responses
AP Enrollment
14%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$58,575
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$695
National
$949
Median Home Value
$161,800
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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Special olympics
    24%
  • Spirit Week
    24%
  • Holiday cheer
    14%
  • Dance concerts
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • Seniot Prom
    10%
  • Homecoming
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,546
Free or Reduced Lunch
36%
64%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,415
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.9%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$8,291/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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This place is largely garbage. Some of the teachers are brilliant, but are unevenly distributed in favor of AP classes. Favoritism is a huge issue. The math department is a joke. The school invests most of its time and money into the agricultural/technical classes, despite the art program's success and other programs' needs for resources like books. In addition to all of those issues, I've only ever spoken to my counselor a handful of times, and that's just because I've received academic awards. When the counselors do present themselves they push students toward the local community college, often glazing over proper universities. The campus is dilapidated and insecure; it looks like it dragged out of a swamp. The student body is mostly racist or otherwise bigoted. I'm giving this two stars for the brilliant teachers I had; otherwise, one would be enough.
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I liked Southern High when Mr.Teal was princepal, before and after him it was total chaos. There was always fights and bullying, full of gangs and drugs. I think instead of the random metal detectors I think they should make it daily and do random lockers checks and also have 2-3 sheriffs/security guards at the ends of the hallways during class exchange, lunches, and before and after school when students are getting to school and leaving school and also have a few outside in the bus area and carpool and student parking lots.Then I believe it would b a better school.
The enviroment was overall a nice place to learn, even though budget cuts. There were twice as much students enrolled there than needed, but that gives you more of a chance to make a new friend or two!