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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Southside High School is a highly rated, public school located in Fort Smith, AR. It has 1,537 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 43% of students are at least proficient in math and 59% in reading.

Southside High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1250
39 responses
Average ACT
26
582 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$40,004
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$666
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,300
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.47 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.47 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 127 responses
  • Northside v. Southside Rivalry
    28%
  • Mr. Haver playing the harmonica at pep rally
    24%
  • Spring Fling
    12%
  • The end of football games
    9%
  • Shanty Town
    9%
  • Prom
    8%
  • orchestra and band concerts
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,537
Free or Reduced Lunch
25%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.57 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.57 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.57 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,999
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,002/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.73 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.73 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.73 responses
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I love how the principal works hard to give us the energy and resources we need. For example, she makes sure that every student knows what is going in school, future plans, and opportunities for change. With our previous principal, the school lacked major school spirit. With her bright and cheerful personality, everyone just feels awake and energetic around her. She also emphasizes student voice, where anyone can be heard in order to have improvement and increase our satisfaction at school. However, I didn’t like the lack of compassion from some teachers/staff. The library opens up quite late and the counselors are almost never in their office when we look for them. Some workers do not care for the students; therefore, perform poorly with their job and not provide us the time and resources we need.
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Southside has AMAZING teachers who are being overworked and blamed for the issues that the administration causes. The administration makes questionable decisions, and are made without any regard for how the students will be affected. Students and teachers need to be consulted before decisions are made. The students’ best interests should be put first but sadly are last currently, making for a miserable school environment.
Southside is a great school full of talented minds. Its academic and music programs are some of the tops in the state. With the new principal, student spirit is growing and the school culture is actually developing. Many AP classes are available with great teachers teaching them, especially the STEM ones. In terms of college readiness, students are essentially on their own; the school provides the education necessary for success, while students learn about the college readiness process on their own. Overall, a great school for those seeking academic and musical excellence.