South Mecklenburg High

8900 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
(980) 343-3600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2515 students 15 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Mecklenburg High is a public high school in Pineville. The principal of South Mecklenburg High is Dr Maureen Furr, whose e-mail is 2,515 children attend South Mecklenburg High and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 46% of the 2,515 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at South Mecklenburg High is 15:1. Kennedy Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • 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 ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a student at south meck and i love it. the principale is great and so are many of the teachers. South Meck has been a safe and great learning experience for so far.

  • (1 year ago)

    South Mecklenburg is diverse and safe. My children have plenty of opportunities for honors and AP courses extra curricular activities including band theater chorus many clubs and service organizations. This is not a school of rich families but it is full of good hard-working students who care about their school and their community.

  • (1 year ago)

    South Meck has quietly evolved into an amazing school and has some important advantages over other high schools in the area. e.g. In addition to a huge number of advance placement and honors courses South Meck has a number of specialized/unique programs including 1) A world lang. magnet 2) Project Lead the Way accredited courses in engineering and bio med 3) Access to ALL NCVPS online classes 4) the new IDEA Academy which emphasizes Innovation Design Engineering and Art studies. Best of all the staff/teachers/administration are flexible and work with parents and students to ensure that students get the courses that best fit their needs. (Even if that means making a change to a students schedule!)

  • (1 year ago)

    South Mecklenburg High School was just rated by US News & World Report as the 7th best school in North Carolina and the 2nd best school in Charlotte! -- That ranking is well deserved. The school has evolved into a dynamic multi cultural comprehensive high school with academics suited for all levels of ability. For the strongest students the access to Advance Placement and challenging course material is unmatched. (Many of the neighboring high schools limit students ability to take AP courses.) At South Meck the school is Student-Centered meaning that the faculty and administration work with students and their families to craft an individualized program that is best suited for that student. In fact South Meck is highly flexible and will work with students to make sure they have the most appropriate and challenging courses even if that means making adjustments to a students schedule. (Something unheard of at Providence High School!) Perhaps best of all the school's multicultural student body gives students an opportunity to live and learn in a real world environment amongst people from different backgrounds and upbringings -- a truly wonderful thing!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great. It's teachers are really nice and caring. The teachers try there best for every student to understand.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love SMHS. My daughter attended this school and graduated in 2013. She had a packed load being fully involved at this school. The Principal is the BEST!!! Dr. Furr is a wonderful communicator. She is friendly and approachable. She ensures that there is clarity concerning "all things South Meck". The phone messages keep parents informed about happenings at the school. The entire staff teachers support and office workers are concerned about the well being of the students. There is so much offered for every student to get involved. With the high numbers it would seem easy to get lost in the crowd. It's not because at SMHS they are family. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone moving to Charlotte NC

  • (2 years 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.

  • (2 years 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.

  • (3 years 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (7 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!

  • (8 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.

  • (9 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.

  • (9 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..

  • (10 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.

  • (11 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.

  • (11 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.

  • (11 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.

  • (12 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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