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About This School

South Senior High School is a public high school in Minneapolis. The principal of South Senior High School is Cecelia Saddler and can be contacted at cecelia.saddler@mpls.k12.mn.us. 1,957 students go to South Senior High School and are mostly Native American or Native Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 47% of the 1,957 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Senior High School is 23:1. Minnesota Transitions Alp 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
    • German
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native American or Native Alaskan 7% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 9%
Asian 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 48% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 38%
Hispanic 10% 18%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 63%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    South Office staff are APPALLING in unprofessional/ unkind attitudes & lack of empathy toward children. The front office almost unilaterally treats all children as criminals. In the process these women cause collective damage & create resentment/anger on the part of students while alienating hard won good students & families in an urban school. The women are demeaning to others in some way daily & palpably unwilling to impart sincerity in dealing with the population. God forbid your child should become sick or have some special need. Management is either unable to effect change in the hard-edged office culture or just don't really care about larger professional vision of being proactive about the hostile service environment created by their co-workers MPS staff & the system. In my company the front desk is the full representation of the community & if you don't have warm & sincere customer service there willing to help with heart & the extra mile - you've got a real problem! Hope the new principle holds staff accountable or fires dead weight! Office staff are ruining & alienating the school's hard won community! Very hard to reverse and requires resources!

  • (6 months ago)

    Segregated Native program some of the teachers sit on their butt while you do worksheets and one even disappears into their supply closet each day. So some really great teachers but many bad teachers too who really don't care about anything but their pay check. If you get a B and want extra help they laugh at you because you are just fine. A students excel on their own sort of I think.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a freshman at South and I absolutely adore it. The teachers are phenomenal the student body is very diverse(something you won't find at many other high schools in the metro) and the community is very welcoming. I play sports which I have found to be very helpful as a way of meeting other kids particularly upperclassmen. I also play in band and I am sure that South has the best band program in the state. Our director is amazing by far the best teacher I have ever had.The kids are talented hardworking and just love music. I would highly recommend this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    Excellent school Wonderful teachers and great students. Go Tigers. As a parent I would recommend everyone to attend South if it was possible. This school cares about the well being of their students and willing to go above and beyond to help their students learn. South has the opportunity for students to have child care while going to school and thats very important to the young parents who wish to continue their high school education. Great challenging academic programs and lots of sports activities. Its again a great school and I am glad my daughter has the opportunity to continue her education as a senior at South and take what she has learned and continue her education at the college of her choice. ss sh

  • (3 years ago)

    I love south It's an amazing school and i'm glad I chose to go to this school. Living in north Minneapolis and having an attendance school at Patrick Henry and Edison really does not and will not match South. Having all my siblings go to Henry and father to Edison South has been the most impressive so far. Thats the reason why I chose to study at south and not at any other schools. Souths environment is amazing teachers are great food sucks(though it;s all mpls schools) but near lake street so plenty of outside restaurants everyone has a place great for rigorous education very good in arts music theater awesome sports and just in general an amazing school. It may not look amazing but no other school can beat it. It's very well rounded and very diverse.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has the most diverse population of students and families.

  • (3 years ago)

    strong liberal arts curriculum passionate teachers and students great music and theater

  • (4 years ago)

    Really great school. Wonderful world languages program. Amazing music department with excellent orchestra chior and band program. Much student involvement in theater-currently My Town- many ap and cis classes offered. So much more.

  • (4 years ago)

    I also wanted to vote for PCAE (Arts High School) but I couldn't find it here. South is an amazing school though almost like a little city. Very crowded with lots of diversity yet very safe and organized. I know during the Clinton years the arts were very well funded and there were classes (with Sally French at the time) that involved going to the Walker Art Center the MIA etc. I will never forget those classes and the impact they had on my life!

  • (4 years ago)

    Diversity at this school. Students appreciate each others differences recognize similarities support different learning styles.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both my children are alums of South and they had amazing experiences there. The school rocks!

  • (4 years ago)

    South has a great music program.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great learning environment for large diverse community

  • (4 years ago)

    They have the best music program in the state!

  • (4 years ago)

    South is a successful diverse cost-effective high-demand 'magnet' hybrid of its All Nations Open and Liberal Arts programs. Families choose South for its climate of tolerance and respect rigorous academics dedicated staff strong co-curriculars and award-winning fine arts programming.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love south. i am a current student and everyone is so welcoming. they are also open to everyone. i feel like i fit in everywhere.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is a welcoming environment where my daughter feels free to be herself and is encouraged by the teachres & staff to excell.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love south. It's a great environment for my children. It's very diverse and amazing.

  • (8 years ago)

    I've had two children attend South High School. One student was an average student; the other was an outstanding student. The average student struggled at South and the outstanding student excelled. The outstanding student is currently a senior in the Liberal Arts program and has taken many AP courses and has had excellent math science and literature teachers. I'm especially impressed with his lit teacher; he's had the students read Ha Jin Margaret Atwood Samuel Beckett and others. Class sizes at South High School (and throughout the district) have risen in recent years as the district has lost students to charter schools. South can be a great place for the academically-gifted self-motivated student. Not sure about the success of other types of students.

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