School Details

Southport High School

971 East Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 789-4800

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2137 students 20 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • M S D Perry Township School District average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southport High School is a public high school in Indianapolis. The principal of Southport High School is Ms Barbara Brouwer and can be contacted at 2,137 students go to Southport High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 15% of the Southport High School students have "limited English proficiency." 62% of the 2,137 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Southport High School is 20:1. Perry Meridian High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 63%
Multiracial 4% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 7%
Asian 13% 11%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.09% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 61%
Limited English proficiency 15% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I've been at SHS for a year now. Some of the teachers here really seem to care about how well you do and others do not care at all. This school to me mainly cares about it appearance to others than it does its students and education. They spend thousands for this new construction but can't afford enough books for every student to have or decent food. I went to Beech Grove up till the end of my sophomore year I absolutely loved it there and I even attended Perry Meridian and I'd say both schools are better than SHS.

  • (1 year ago)

    I will say that if you don't have money or your not one of the popular students here then the teachers don't like you. This school is another Manual high school except they discriminate.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm a senior at SHS and have been here since freshman year. I won't say this school is perfect but there are definitely opportunities here to go beyond. I don't know what it's like to be in 'normal' classes as I have been on the AP/advanced/IDEA track all four years but the advanced or gifted and talented classes are really good. And when I say good I mean thought-provoking difficult and worthwhile. They take hard work but it has been worth it. I know that I am well prepared for the college search process and really just college in general. And the teachers I have had here are really wonderful not to mention all of the opportunities there are for extracurricular activities. I must admit that not everyone who goes here is as academic-minded as I am but it is a public school. And if you do well in classes get involved in some extracurriculars and do your best you 'll find there are many like-minded people you will make friends with.

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated from Southport in 2013 and I loved all four years. There is an individualized approach to learning and the faculty goes out of their way to help every students needs. There is something for everyone at Southport. As far as academics go Southport has a wide variety of AP and Advanced courses available. Socially there is a great deal of diversity which teaches students social values and tolerance for other cultures. Southport is everything you could look for in a public school; great academics clubs and sports ranging from football to robotics amazing faculty and a wonderful community.

  • (1 year ago)

    I graduated in 2009 from Southport and I do not recommend any parent send their child to this school. As a parent myself now I don't want my daughter going to SHS when she is older. The school focuses far too heavily on sports and doesn't care about the more important things. Most of the teachers I had or knew did not care about their students. I did have a few great teachers that made me want to learn but they have all retired now. On several occasions a couple of my teachers would come in hung over and late. Doesn't set the bar very high for the students if their "mentors" come in and put on a video so they can sleep at their desks.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think this school supports athletes and if you are not popular then you cannot make it through. Plus if your child wants to succeed then you still have the trouble makers around you. And my child had his glasses broken twice since he has been there. No one had done anything because they are either afraid or intimidated of the other student. They have an anti bullying rule but no one ever does anything about it. Let's face it I had high hopes but this school is another Manual High School.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from this school last year. Compared to most high schools this place really isn't that bad. They've got a principal now that really cares about the students. She's slowly turning the school around. As far as academic programs I feel that they could be tougher. But overall this is a decent school and one that does not deserve 2/10 hands down.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am currently a student at SHS and I can say i looked forward to going to school here and after two years of being here I can honestly say I'm counting down the days till I'm out. Some teachers care about their students other teachers act like they could care less if we just put our head down a went to sleep. The football and basketball player are treated like kings. And half of them never had the grades to play but the coaches always found a way to cover it up. Half the athletes that graduate shouldn't of even graduated but not only do they graduate but they get college scholarships. The school is all polictics

  • (3 years ago)

    I have one son that has graduated and one that is currently attending. I have found perry schools at the elementary level great. The 6th grade academies are ok as well as the middle school. Then watch out because then comes high school. The staff is not about the kids oblye about the rules being followed. The students cannot chafe classes as it is too much. To much what?.? Hugh universities let students change their classes in a drop/add session. They have a silly rule that if you are never tardy you can drop a test final. It's ok to be absent- just not tardy. My son has had to miss the entire day instead of going in late because he doesn't want to give up his chance to get out of a final. There is something backwards about this idea. How about the best grades get you out of the final or if you don't miss more than 3 days/ or tardies. I have heard that kids carry weapons. We have a 3 star level. That is comparable to ips schools. All the townships around us have 6-9 stars. Why us there such a change from the middle school to high school? I know our population may account for some test scores discrepancies but the next closest school is 3 stars higher.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cliques are NOT a majority here and they don't favor athletes and sports.(FYI im not an athlete)The athletes have to keep up they're grades or they're suspended from the team until they're grades go back up. Education comes first here not the other way around. The staff cares just fine about the students here. I like going here and i wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I see new students go from being lonely the first day to knowing 20 people by the second. The school is just fine. -Junior

  • (6 years ago)

    I also really believe it is up to the child as far as education. A very good school a little prejudice and when it comes to sports they play favorites. Good luck and be strong to anyone going.

  • (6 years ago)

    im a sophmore here. What can I say about southport? Cliques are a majority here and if your child can't fit in with one group then they're going to have a hard time at school finding friends. Teachers are favorable to a group of kids. Deans don't care at all. Highly unsatisfactory school and needs to rethink how things are done.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im a current junior at Southport and I believe that most of the staff believe that sportd are the main reason for going to school. Homework is passed up for lettermen jackets. Im on a publication team at southport and certain teachers favor cliques. Unless you have a child who can play baseball basketball or football dont bother sending them here.

  • (6 years ago)

    Southport treats athletes above the rest of the student body. A football player can do an offense that would regularly land him in jail and he gets off without even a suspension. Overall not the best school. Instead of the bullies getting punished the victims take all the blame.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is a junior this year at Southport High School he began attending Southport his freshman year after moving from Lawrence Township schools. Since going to Southport my son has gone from a D average student to an honor role student consistently for the last two years and is participating in many activities such as Marching Band Robotics Club Winter Drumline as well as a trainer for the baseball team.. Southport offers so many options for him to become involved with many different activities he doesn't have time to get into any trouble. At the Lawrence schools he was struggling to find his place. Southport is a wonderful school with great teachers who care and the Marching Band Program to me is spectacular! I would highly recommend Southport to anyone who may be considering a move to the district.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a daughter that attending to this school. She really like the school. Music Program need to be improve.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great quality school. Excellent activities for all.

  • (8 years ago)

    Southport High School is surrounded by a very diverse community. It is pretty much a

  • (8 years ago)

    I have 2 daughters in shs right now and have to say that overall the school is pretty good with a few exceptions. Unless it is sports there is no money for any other programs. I paid out hundreds of dollars for my daughter to be on the dance team only to find out that it was not considered a sport. The Spanish club cannot go on trips outside the US but the bowling team can go on a cruise but then the bowling team is a sport. SHS needs to learn to treat all activities as equals. When my daughters graduate next year hopefully it will be the last my family will ever go to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a junior at shs i can say that this is not the school you want your kids going to. There is too much emphasis on sports and not enough on education.

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