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About This School

South Miami Senior High School is a public high school in Glenvar Heights. The principal of South Miami Senior High School is Mr. Gilberto D Bonce and can be contacted at 2,230 students attend South Miami Senior High School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the South Miami Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 75% of the 2,230 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Miami Senior High School is 21:1. Gulliver Preparatory School - Miller Drive Campus is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 88% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Asian 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Multiracial 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 73%
Limited English proficiency 20% 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I graduated a couple years back and really it's a great school. It made a MAJOR improvement from my freshman to junior year. I'm pretty sure it was able to go from a D school to a B school in one year. While there are some teachers who probably shouldnt be there (lack of competence to be honest and its a shame) there are several who are truly good at what they are doing. They care about the students and want to teach. They offer plenty of AP courses as well! I only wish their Arts program was better. Its also important to note that in my time there I never experienced or witnessed any really bad bullying. South Miami is a good school that I'm sure will keep on getting better!

  • (8 months ago)

    Going to South Miami Senior High School is depressing. The unpleasant aesthetics of the school (one of the buildings literally has no windows and is completely concrete) the prison like administration (with constant uniform sweeps tardy tank that sends you to SCSI where one gets sentenced to a day of absolute silence in a tiny room with a barking babysitter and of course the wonderful security gaurds that are constantly questioning you if you are spotted in the halls) and of course the education which is undoubtedly unsatisfactory. The regular course teachers are only there to prepare their students for the FCAT so one has to take full AP courses to receive a decent education; there are a very limited selection of APs at that. The math department can be said to have only one good teacher there are very few academies (the IT academy is deplorable only very highly motivated students can succeed as there is no real effort to do any sort of work) and there are even fewer elective choices for educational enrichment. I would not recommend South Miami Senior High School to anyone even those who want to participate in a magnet program.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is an excellent school and excellent teachers with a very good programs go cobras!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an excellent school with a good track record. Go Cobras!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son who now is 23 and graduated from SMSH is about to get his Bachelors Degree from Computer Science at FIU and I have a 15 year old girl that attends to SMSH and she is in 10th grade the Principal Mr. Bonce has improved the quality of teaching and best of all School Uniformed implemented and is showing the difference in the students thank you Mr. Bonce for your perseverance in making this school a better place to study and allowed the student to make better grades. Also the students will be our future so is very important what they learn in High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think that SMHS is a good School i have been a personal experiencie with my daughter which is in Magnet Dance Program.The teachers are great! The only complaint i have is in reference to the personal Office they always answer the phone in a bad manner and never help parents to resolve a problem. All the time they seem unhappy and with bad mud. it doesn't matter the time of the day. The morning is worst!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student at South Miami and graduated in '06. I was in the gifted magnet music programs and took several AP classes. In those three categories the teachers were excellent knowledgeable people who took a sincere interest in their students' progress. However I also took a handful of regular requirement classes with very uninspired teachers. The CAP counselor in particular was terribly uninformed about any issues I had with the college admissions process.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a son in S.M.Sr.H.S and he is in the 12th final year and I wished that the conselor were more involve in helping the students for preparation of the SAT test to start qualifying for their college of their choice. I have tried to meet and talk about what could be my involvement to help my son. My son says they every time he goes to see his conselor he gets turned back to his class saying that she/he is busy.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student at south miami and i graduated in 2006. It was a great school. The teachers cared if you learned and helped you as much as they could. They are many extra curriculum activies. The admistration was helpful and never unfair( at least not to me or anyone I knew). It prepared me well for college..( Better than alot of the students I have met from other high schools). But since my class has left the school (class of 2006) things have changed. There are many new teachers and administrators. So Im not sure how the school is now. What I know is that is was an awesome high school and Im glad I attended it.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from South Miami in 2004 and we both loved the school the teacher's and the counselors. My son is now a sophomore at South Miami and he has nothing but good things to say about it. The parents who are putting down the school are probably the ones who throw their kids out of the car in the morning and tell them 'go and learn'. I have been involved in my children's education all of their school days and it makes a difference. Sure there are days they just want to stay in bed but they don't. I have taught them that school is their job and they've got to go and do their job if they want the 'big pay-off'!! My oldest recently graduated from MDC with Highest Honors and will begin FIU in the Fall. Get involved it's your job! They need you!

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm very pleased with the education my child is receiving at this school. Teachers are always available and willing to help. The school offers a variety of classes and levels.The music magnet program is excellent.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic programs are very good there is a fine core group of teachers who care. There are many extracurricular activities and programs. The sports teams are well respected and compete at a very high level.

  • (8 years ago)

    Its a very nice school. I study there and is one of the best schools that I been too.

  • (8 years ago)

    There are a handful of very good teachers who will affect your child ways of thinking and views on the world for the better. They're not the typical teachers who assign bookwork but the atypical teachers who challenge the students and put to work their thinking and analyzation skills not their memorization skills.

  • (8 years ago)

    Availability of sports and art is very good.They have many differnt activities to keep kids away from trouble.However the quality of their academic programs is very poor . the classes are overcrowded and they focus more on practicing the fCAT Then helping them learn the rudimentary skills needed to apss it. Their staff is also of very low quality and do not give their kids incentives or patience.

  • (8 years ago)

    I recently graduated from South Miami High as a very active member of the studeny body. I can say that this school is one of the better schools in Miami even though it is not highly recognized as such. Most of the Magnet Programs are excellent especially the commercial arts graphic design and photography programs. The higher level courses are taught by extremely qualified and knowledgeable teachers especially the Advanced Placement sections. The regular programs are not great and there are many 'slack' teachers teaching to that level. But for the serious student South Miami is an excellent choice. In dealing with officials they will help you out if approached the right way.

  • (8 years ago)

    Hello I am an student at this school and I can say that is one of the best ones in mismi-dade county. I came from cuba a year ago and this year I'm going to be a senior. Cinse I came I become a student at this school and I don't have anything bad to say about it.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is really a good school I can say that the teachers are excellent- especially it's foreign language and AP programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is school is terrible. My child complained about it constantly.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a student in this school and it is like hell in this school it is boring no field trips activities or anything. Lunch is horrible. 80% Of the math teachers can't speak good english making learning impossible. All I have to say is please help.

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