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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Southern High School is a public school located in Graham, NC. It has 1,427 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Southern High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
80%
Average SAT
1120
138 responses
Average ACT
23
69 responses
AP Enrollment
14%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$64,048
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$677
National
$949
Median Home Value
$164,000
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 30 responses
  • Special olympics
    20%
  • Spirit Week
    20%
  • Holiday cheer
    13%
  • Dance concerts
    10%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • Football Games
    7%
  • Homecoming
    7%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,427
Free or Reduced Lunch
34%
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,250
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.9%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.16 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.16 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.16 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
$8,846/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.21 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.21 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.21 responses
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Southern High School was an average experience for me because of the culture difference between them and where I came from in Florida. Southern High School has a good agricultural department, but other than that, there wasn’t really much else to offer within the extensions of other departments.
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I enjoyed Southern Alamance High School. The teachers were great and I feel like the classes challenged me. I had a lot of fun playing baseball there and supporting other sports throughout the year. I was involved in several clubs such as the Dream Team, Pep Club, National Honor Society and others. I made a lot of lasting friendships and even connections with teachers that will last a lifetime. I wish I had another four years there honestly.
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.