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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Southern Lee High School is an above average, public school located in Sanford, NC. It has 1,132 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 1% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.

Southern Lee High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
1%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1100
118 responses
Average ACT
23
92 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$46,067
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$734
National
$949
Median Home Value
$136,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
68%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
56%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 84 responses
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  • Pep rallies
    18%
  • May day
    15%
  • Senior picnic
    12%
  • Basketball games
    11%
  • Football games
    11%
  • Theater Plays
    10%
  • Soccer games
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,132
Free or Reduced Lunch
64%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$44,050
Teachers in First/Second Year
13.2%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,299/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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My experience at High School was amazing! My academic year was cut short because of the corona-virus, didn’t get to have my senior soccer season, and no prom. With the school year being cut short many teachers are giving their all to make sure students are well fed and keeping up with the school work at home. They gave each student who did not have a computer one and they also are supplying food at each school for those who aren’t fortunate enough to have three meals a day! Yeah my senior year was ended badly, but my school and everyone that is associated with it has defiantly made this transition better!
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Being a student a SLHS is a great experience! There are many things to consider when in a school atmosphere. Creating a relationship with teachers, administrators, and even bus drivers impacts the high school experience.
Southern Lee High School is unique in regards to its assortment of teachers-- especially in the English and Social Studies departments--who want to see their students succeed. I only moved to the high school two years ago, but the teachers made me feel incredibly welcome and made the transition as painless as possible. The one critique I have for Southern Lee is the lack of resources the school has to form classes and buy materials for classes. If there was more funding, then I think the school would be improved greatly. Additionally, there are issues with communication, and sometimes a complete lack of communication, between the students and faculty in the office.