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About This School

South Mecklenburg High School is a public high school in Charlotte. The principal of South Mecklenburg High School is Maureen Furr, whose e-mail is p535@cms.k12.nc.us. 1,944 students go to South Mecklenburg High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 46% of the 1,944 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Mecklenburg High School is 15:1. Kennedy Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 42% 32%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 5%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 3% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 42%
Hispanic 24% 18%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 57%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    A score of 6 does not accurately indicate the quality of the education at South Meck High. It should be closer to an 8 or 9. Of the three main public CMS high schools in South Charlotte (an affluent area of the city) South Meck is the most ethnically and economically diverse which is actually a good thing for students. If you compare it to Providence and Ardrey Kell (relative new school) you'll note that the diversity is simply not there and they have their own issues to contend with. Kids can thrive here and get into their college of choice if they work hard and focus on academics.

  • (11 months ago)

    I was concerned about this high school when we moved to South Charlotte because it was rated lower than the other newer schools near us but I have to say that both my children have done well and the parental involvement (PTA) the principal and the quality of the teachers has been outstanding! No complaints here. Great school comparable to any in the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    southmeck is wonderful. my kid loves to go to school . she has a 4.0 average and plays basketball. they treat all there students the same and that is a blessing.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a student at south. It is a good school because you can get a good education there if you try. There are quite a few teachers that still care (a miracle considering the failures that are currently running the school system). However I have noticed that the school is on a downward slide. A few years back we lost a great principle and a lot of the more affluent population moved to Ardrey Kell. Also we will be gaining a lot of inner city kids from the recently deceased Wadell.

  • (4 years ago)

    Dr. Furr is just what the Dr. ordered.. Keep up the great work! Go SOUTH!

  • (5 years ago)

    As a former student I have to say I loved this school. There were high AP scores and lots of class options not very many cliques and great sports teams (though not football). Several of my teachers actually inspired me to become a high school teacher myself. In comparison with some of my friends' experiences I think I was very lucky. I hope it hasn't changed with Mrs. Yates gone!

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to this school and graduated in June 2006. Though I got a decent education it was based more on my own attitude and direction. There are more lousy teachers than great ones and I hate to think what it's going to be like without Mrs. Yates as principal. The school is very old and not well maintained.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student of South Mecklenburg I was very happy with the education I received there. Many extracurricular activities sporting teams clubs and academic programs were made available. And the teaching staff there is wonderful! They were always open to giving extra help when it was needed and they knew how to challenge their classes. I would recommend this school to any parent looking to give their child a great education.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is currently a freshman at South Meck. After doing research on this school before we relocated to Charlotte - I was sure that I was putting him in a school with superior teaching. Our experience so far has been less then satisfying and the quality of the teaching staff as well as his guidance Councelor is below average. My only saving grace is that next year he will be attending the new school Ardrey Kell and we can say goodbye to South Meck..

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a parent of one child who just graduated. High SAT score accepted at several prestigious universities and so on. It was a very good (and fun) experience at South Meck. We currently have another child attending South Meck who appears headed in the same direction. Though the facility is showing some age South Meck has a number of great teachers many good ones and can be a quality school for any child who is committed and has parental involvement/support. Those are the keys--not whether it's a new facility has more/less money lots of computers or some flavor-of-the-month magnet program. I would recommend South Meck HS to any family that is involved and wants a good public education experience for their child.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not a parent but I am a former student of SMHS. I graduated 4 years ago and have nothing but great things to say. I am getting ready to graduate from UNCW and can honestly say that if I hadn't had the help guidance and encouragement of the teachers and staff at SMHS I couldn't be where I am now. You shouldn't so harsh on the school you have no idea what is actually like. The school is old there are going to be some run down classrooms air conditioners that may not always workthings happen things break over time. There are so many opportunities that students don't take advantage of and that's no ones fault but their own. I was involved in sports clubs events and those are the things that help make us who we are. Bottom line it's a great school. Quality should far outweigh Quanity.

  • (9 years ago)

    School over 40 years old. The condition -very bad mildew carpet mats ceilings. Broken air conditions equipment etc. Student enrollment capacity 1800. School well over- 2400 capacity stated in 2003-2004 by SMHS Student Newspaper. Enrollment of Classes/subject interests- impossible. Teacher conferences are not encourgaged by Dist/High Schools'. Student attendence problems- late or otherwise. Serious learners are grouped with less interested learners whom do not have an interest/goals tofuther academic enrichment. Cause and affect heavy class cheating behavior classroom distractions low standards prisonlike-micromanagement. Affecting serious learners to force failure accdemically/ socially. Classroom time fast pace-28 credits on correction of skills and answeres vs instruction/learning atwhich much time/money is drilling for EOG's- test results. Distroying learning curriculum- skills holding students accountable. State Policy/regulations- targets guidence to Exit HS without learning appropriately.

  • (10 years ago)

    Hi my son attends this school. You will never imagine the chaos that is there. This is a very bad choice. But you can't expect a perfect place in a unperfect world. My son used to attend West Meck that is a 'bad' choice. I moved near the airport so now my daughter attends Olympic she is a junior. That is a better choice. You have got to expect some things to happen so I dont down Olympic very much.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have one son who attends South and one who has just graduated. Words cannot express the hard work support and effort exhausted by the staff at this school to assist these students in reaching their goals as well as acknowleging their talents and helping them create goals. This school posses outstanding top of the line qualified staff. As a parent all you have to do is ask any staff member for any type of assistance and they will exhaust every effort to help you. I could never say thank you enough for all that this school has done for my children and all that they are continuing to do.

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