School Details

South High School

801 Hanna Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021
(314) 415-7700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1949 students 16 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade


End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2011-2012 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Parkway C-2 average
  • Missouri state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South High School is a public high school in Manchester. The principal of South High School is Mr. Gary Mazzola, whose e-mail is Gmazzola@Pkwy.K12.Mo.Us. 1,949 students attend South High School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 9% of the 1,949 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at South High School is 16:1. John F Kennedy Catholic 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
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 71% 70%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 11%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I graduated from Parkway South in 2011 and at the time I did not realize how great of an education I was receiving. When I first began college I was pre-med and taking a Biomedical Science class. The labs I was doing in my freshman college class I had already done my freshman and sophomore years of high school. I will admit that I had a few teachers I did not get along with however that will happen at any school with any student. South has so many classes available and they offer lower-level average honors AP dual enrollment and CWC classes. They really work to help the students and teach acceptance. The student body is extremely diverse which is excellent; it prepares students for their future educational atmosphere and career. I have had several of the teachers write recommendation letters for me and am so appreciative of everything they have done. I was not active in sports however I participated Key Club DECA the Environmental Club Peer Teaching High School Heroes and I was a buddy for the Special Olympics. South provides its students with so many opportunities the students just need to be responsible and take advantage of them.

  • (2 years ago)

    It seems that a few of the tteachers don't work with the students rather against them. They make them wait while playing on internet until it is too late to resolve any difficulty that the student is having in class . If they are sick they don't give them a chance to make up the test or extra credit .They would rather fail them . The guidance counselors don't seem to hhelp much either. I am very dissatisfied with this scool. Also the child development curriculum could use a lot of help and direction . Thankyou

  • (3 years ago)

    PSH is just like any other school when it comes to the curriculum and verying courses they offer. Unless you are looking forward to "hood rat" fights almost every day I encourage you to keep your distance. Only a freshman at PSH I've seen more fights than on Jerry Springer. Seriously. Someone needs to control this school and as of right now that's the students' jobs.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is really good. They offer so many classes and extra-curricular activities. And most students and teachers are nice here. So if you're looking into this school you should totally go!

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from Parkway South in 2006. When meeting students coming from different high schools Parkway South by far has the most opportunities as far as the classes offered school organizations and athletics. With so many opportunities everyone has a chance to find their own place and their own group to excelle in. While there are a few 'bad apples' in the teaching staff the majority of the teaching staff is excellent not to mention an outstanding science department! As a freshman I always looked to the fancy private schools and believed that they were on a much higher level than the public school I attended but as I met people from these 'high image schools' I find that I am better prepared by the diversity and academics offered at Parkway South. I would encourage prospective students to get a great life experience and education at Parkway South.

  • (7 years ago)

    In comparison with high schools in the western part of the US ie California this school is definitely very good. I did not realize how great this school was until I moved. It has a more teachers more money greater resources larger course variety more developed curriculum and better technology. This is compared to schools in the west.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a senior at Parkway South and I have to say with all the hype about Parkway this is a very average school. It is very challenging and resourceful but it's not special. The factor that makes it average is that teacher tenure at this school has kept some bad apples who have respect in the school but lack the energy that students need. It's hard to 'owe' any success to this school most successful students here go places because that's the kind of student they are- not because of the school. If the prospective high school student is looking forward to AP testing I would say steer clear from Parkway South. Although they have plenty of classes with the 'AP' label few of the teachers curriculum will prepare for the AP exams.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have had many problems with teacher's bad attitudes. The kids that are bused in are also a cause of huge problems with our child. They use bad language inappropriate clothing and they are a terrible influence. We are very unhappy with this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    As of May 2006 I will have had a boy and a girl graduate from PSH. They have both had different and positive experiences with the school's diverse activities and teachers. PSH and its staff have very well prepared my children for not only college but life in general. My son now plays sports at the college level participates in fraternity life and maintain a 3.5 gpa in college; my daughter was able to participate in dual enrollment in high school and college her senior high school year in addition to her AP classes participate in high school independent study courses (courses she and her high school teachers and principals put together) participate in student council Key club(service club)and Honors society.

  • (9 years ago)

    Parkway South is an amazing school. I did not realize how great a school it is with both it's curriculum and activities till we moved. They offer such a wide variety of classes beyond the normal math english and science. The majority of the staff is friendly and very helpful. The grading scale is tough but fair. I feel that my daughter was better prepared for college after her 10th grade year at South than many of the seniors at her current high school in AR. The large number of clubs and activies gives every student a chance to fit in. Thank you SPIRIT OF 76 marching band for giving my daughter two great years! We will miss South! Hopefully I can return to the South area by the time my fifth grader is ready for high school.

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