School Details

South High School

1700 East Louisiana Ave, Denver, CO 80210
(720) 423-6000
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1400 students 19 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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54%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
12%
22%
38%
30%
45%
66%
19%
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53%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2014
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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18%
32%
34%
49%
65%
19%
28%
47%
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30%
47%

Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
27%
24%
33%
54%
55%
69%
38%
38%
49%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • This school in 2014
  • Denver Public Schools average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South High School is a public high school in Denver. The principal of South High School is Dr. Kristin Waters, whose e-mail is Kristin_Waters@dpsk12.org. 1,400 students attend South High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 73% of the 1,400 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at South High School is 19:1. Denver Christian Schools is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 32% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 14%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 20%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
Asian 16% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 72%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The principals only care about test scores and sports. All students are not of their concern. Do not go here!

  • (11 months ago)

    South is a special place that truly must be experienced to really understand how unique it is among all other Colorado high schools. Visionary leaders and thoughtful engaging teachers. Incredible.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is a culture of inclusiveness and positivity permeating the halls of Denver South. My daughter is just completing her freshman year and South has far surpassed our expectations. She is already earning college credit and could potentially earn more credit if she did well on her AP exams. We love the international students and have realized that the roughly 25-25-25-25 attendance breakdown by race/ethnicity creates a very compelling dynamic. You won't experience any of this in any other Colorado high school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our daughter is a freshman at Denver South this year. She grew up in the neighborhood and had other high schools she could have chosen to attend but wanted to go to South and has never regretted it. She takes regular in AP and honors classes utilizes tutoring and has a good relationship with her supportive teachers. She is involved in sports and in a leadership building elective. She and we enjoy the diverse student body which helps her understand different points of view and she has found friends and kindred spirits. We are so glad she is a part of Denver South and so is she!

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent cultural environment. Teachers staff & Principal are awesome. It would be fun to have a music band for all our great sports games.

  • (1 year ago)

    Denver South High school is a hidden gem in the DPS system! The diversity at South is a treasure that is unparalleled and creates a rich learning environment an opportunity for the students to not only study other cultures in textbooks but from their fellow students. The teachers at South embrace their unique opportunity and are led by Dr. Kristin Waters who is in no uncertain terms a rock star charismatic leader and Principal who is willing to think outside the box and not afraid to implement new ideas.

  • (1 year ago)

    Denver South High School My son is a freshman at Denver South High School. We absolutely love the diversity of Denver South. Everyone is from somewhere else so there are no clicks or majority/minority. Students seem to focus more on what can bring them together than what separates them. I have been so impressed by the quality of students that I have interacted with and my son is truly happy to go to school each day! As a parent I also love the communication between the teachers and home as well as the accessibility of the school administration. I know we made a great choice in choosing Denver South! A bonus is that they have great athletics programs and many of the athletes are honors or AP students. Student athletes are held to a higher standard than at other schools we looked at and this was important to me as a parent. At South my son is treated as a young man a student then an athlete (in that order).

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my second year at South and I have truly been pleased with my children's academic experience here. The teachers are engaged and push the students to aim high. The diversity and culture at South asked the students to interact and learn about other nationalities that you won't find in other schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    I teach French and Spanish at Denver South High School. I love working at South because it is by far the best high school in Denver Public Schools. The student body is very diverse and our principal Dr. Kristin Waters is doing an outstanding job. It takes great leadership to run a school as diverse as South. Too bad my youngest graduated high school last year or else he would be attending South!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have found South HS to be very open to assisting my daughter and willing to work with me to understand her needs and learning challenges. I really appreciate the teachers being willing to contact me and inform me about what they are working on what tasks my daughter needs to do and how I can support her at home. This is very important to me as her parent!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is one of the most extraordinary high schools on the planet. With students from all over the world it is impossible to not expand your perspective and understanding of the world at large when you go to South. I am impressed by my colleagues and their commitments to our kids. Next year my beloved niece will start school at South--having come from a very privileged and fancy education myself I would NEVER let my niece attend a school that I did not believe offered an EXCELLENT education. I am so proud to work here.

  • (1 year ago)

    There's something special happening at South. When I walk these halls I see diversity being celebrated in the athletics classrooms and friendships that thrive here. There is an atmosphere of respect and an honest desire to learn from our students. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it and cannot wait until my own 2 children walk through these doors as Rebels.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a great academic environment ..... it's friendly warm and inviting to students staff and parents!

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is a place I look forward to going to everyday. The students community and staff contribute to an atmosphere of mutual respect diversity and continuous learning that is palpable throughout the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    South High School is full of wonderful students with different backgrounds. Every child has an opportunity to grow and learn from different perspectives.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. I came from a worse school and this is an improvement. I love the variety of students from different places all over the world. The principal and teachers actually seem involved and seem to care about the students. The students seem interested in learning and are accepting of everyone. I recommend this for your child; and if they feel they don't fit in or afraid of being bullied they don't have to worry about it here.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love South. It is literally the best school I've ever attended. I transferred from Wheat Ridge my junior year and instantly fell in love with the charm this school has to offer. I have had a few issues with some teachers but that's expected. I've also had some incredible teachers. South is also very diverse. At least 5 kids in each of my classes are from a different country. What a way to learn about about the world! I'm graduating this spring but can't wait to come back and visit. Would definitely reccomend this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I highly recommend South High School to parents searching for a school that is culturally diverse to embrace the chance to get to know the students teacher and staff. I have enjoyed the atmosphere every time I go to South I learn a few new words of a different language spoken. As a parent of two teenagers at South the school has broadened there horizons. They are taking honors AP classes and succeeding my expectations.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our family has recently experienced how caring the teachers and staff at South are. My daughter has had some health issues which inluded being hospitalized 2 times and missing at least 11 days of school. Each teacher made sure to check in with her when she was able to attend school and they are helping her catch up. Everyone was concerned for her wellbeing. I would like to also add that her big sister (South Alum) is a Freshman at CSU is currently taking advanced courses & is earning 4 points in all her classes

  • (2 years ago)

    We do good work here. I am bringing my own daughter here. She wil have more opportunities at South than at her home school.

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