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About This School

South Middle School is a public middle school in Nampa. 938 students go to South Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 57% of the 938 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Middle School is 19:1. St. Pauls Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 67%
Hispanic 24% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 2%
Asian 0.3% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 51%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I love South Middle School. My youngest son is in 7th grade and has had a fantastic experience there. He has an IEP and while mainstreamed in all his classes he also has a resource class. With one or two minor exceptions every teacher I have worked with has been cooperative and helpful regarding his accommodations. On the rare occasion that we have had concerns the principal and vice principal are terrific to work with. His resource teacher is an angel. Truly I could not have scripted a better situation for him. He loves school and his teachers. My oldest son (now a high school student) also had a good experience at South. He enjoys going back and saying hello to his teachers. I would recommend SMS to any parent.

  • (3 years ago)

    South is a wonderful school I would take it over any one of the charter schools or Catholic schools...not to mention the rest of the district

  • (5 years ago)

    I think SMS is a fantastic learning invironment and the staff is excellent! Where there is a problem it is addressed in a very acceptable manner. I think every child should have the experience of being in a learning facility as careing and accepting as South is. If you are looking for a great school and an awesome administration.... consider the looking over! go check out the school you will like the feeling you get when you walk thru the doors!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have no idea what the problem is with the water pressure was just in the building and it is fine!! Further more the administration is great and do there best not to allow the kids to fall through the cracks. Other middle school should follow souths example in there disipline and conduct procedures. As for the tennis courts it was built by abond that was aproved by the citizens of nampa. South always has students accedemics at the top of the list.

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration is very 'old' school in their dealings with kids and management styles. It's no wonder they only have a 4 out of 10 on the ratings. Its time to get them out and get some new administrators that understand the modern-day issues kids are currently facing. Teacheres for the most part are good especially when there is parent involvement. If your kid goes to this school make sure you stay involved and don't let your child fall trhough the cracks.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at SMS and I very much enjoy what the school has to offer. The teachers are great and very experienced so you know whatever you're learning is probably correct. I also feel safe there; the dean and principal make the school a very comfortable environment to learn and not worry about any sorts of dangers. They have a plan for absolutely everything there from tragedies to academics from academics to sports. I feel comfortable at South and I am very pleased with how much I've learned. Another quick note the dean does a very good job with discipline. The school is not afraid to suspend students if something has gone on.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is awful! My child just found out that South Middle School does not recognize Honor Roll status throughout the year.At the end of the year one time names are put into the newspaper. Sports proficiency is awarded throughout the year with award ceremonies. Where does that signal that the priority is. Communication is lacking as well. Half of the bathrooms have miniscule water pressue as well-don't count on being able to wash your hands after using the restrooms. We asked to have this addressed and it wasn't. If you read the paper you will see that South is building new tennis courts at this moment. Once again academics is not at the top of the list.

  • (6 years ago)

    I dislike most of the teachers some of them are jerks and make students cry and I think south should get more sports privlages like baseball martial arts and sports that have great intrest. Also south should get to be in a program with 4-H because my daughter and a lot of her friends would be greatly interested in that.

  • (6 years ago)

    I like the school and the staff a few of the teachers are not what i think meets expectations and they need to inform parents when there are are problems or changes with the child and his/her behavior or education.

  • (7 years ago)

    I worked here and was deeply disappointed in the racism against students as well as the utter lack of assistance for struggling students or those in crisis.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a happy student at South. The teachers are nice and they have cool classes. However if you take orchestra or Choir or band you do not get to take P.E. or Computers. you also waste a whole period with advisory where you could be doing P.E. or Computers.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have 2 children at South Middle School and I feel that the teachers are doing a great job with them. Every child needs a parent to stand beside them and encourage her/him to stand behind the teacher and support his/her projection for your child. The teachers often spend extra time with that child that needs more support. And the parent feedback is great. Hats off to the teachers there this year for a job well done with all the new kids in the district. They've had to spend more hours grading and planning for the year.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school for two years and had wonderful academic progress during the entire two-year period. The classes were both interesting and yet challenging for her. The communication between my daughter and her teachers and her teachers and myself was excellent. If I had any questions I was always free to meet with her teachers to get the questions answered. I had occasion to meet with the vice principal who was very concerned with the problem I approached him about and he took immediate action. The staff was friendly and helpful in any manner they could be. All in all it was a terrific experience and South Middle School more than prepared my daughter for high school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not impressed with the teachers! Not all kids are the same and speacial attention needs to be made to address everyone not the teachers sterotype. Also they have a no tolerance program which needs alot of help my child was bullied severley and it was never taken care of properly! A concern with any school really so parents please be aware.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this school was not very good I felt like I was not learning anything. The teachers were not very good. The teachers are more worried about their paychecks than the students. If I had to go back to this school I would rather stop my education.

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