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About This School

Newton South High School is a public high school in Newton. The principal of Newton South High School is Brian Salzer. 1,706 students go to Newton South High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 9% of the 1,706 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Newton South High School is 13:1. Bais Yaakov of Boston High School 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

    • French
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 70%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Multiracial 3% 5%
Asian 20% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 7%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    As a former student in Newton all I can say is OVERRATED. The classes are big and the teachers are decent but nothing special. Newton lives off of this reputation of being a good town but is extremely average and the schools are no different. Yes there is pressure to get good grades but many kids dont learn much of anything and are left behind. The schools are overcrowded and disorganized with high teacher turnover.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of a freshman I expected better quality. Most of the teachers my child received do not teach the class material and expect the kids to either know it already or get supplemental classes outside of school. I am not looking forward to sophomore year when my child has multiple honors classes. I truly hope these teachers will teach the subject content. The guidance counselor does not return e-mails or calls and there is no support. It seems as though the school is just a big machine.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a junior at Newton South let me tell you I feel the pressure. However I took the PSATs a few days ago cake. The classes even if you aren't in an Honors-level class will prepare you for any standardized test. I find that I'm usually more nervous about a regular run-of-the-mill test than the MCAS or the like. The facilities are great the teachers really know their stuff and your child will learn a lot regardless of whether the want to or not. The students are mostly white upper-middle class neurotic grade-hounds who have a panic attack if they get a B on a test instead of an A. Even so South is an amazing school. We have an award-winning drama department art department and cross-country team. No bullying and the people are tolerant of whoever or whatever your child is. Everyone finds where they belong at South. Go Lions!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a Sophmore at South. The school is great and the teachers know how to pull the best out your child. I would recommend this school to anyone who want a top-quality education for your child.

  • (6 years ago)

    Newton South is a big mostly white academically rigorous high school in a very type-A suburb of Boston. Courses are very hard at the curriculum 1 level ('normal') and honors or AP courses are brutal. Teachers don't like to give A's and kids really feel the pressure to do well.

  • (8 years ago)

    The courses at Newton South are highly advanced. This schools Cir. 1 courses are more challenging than most schools Honors courses. The amount of work/homework given may be more than almost any other public school in the country. Teachers are hesitant about giving A's to top students. The school is great academically above-average activities/clubs and has many sports teams though very weak athletically. The major complaint about this school is that many students despite maximum effort have average GPA's despite the fact that those students will score 1400+ on SAT's. Colleges fail to recognize that students at NSHS with GPA's of 3.0 may be more qualified that students with a 3.8 from many schools which hurts its students. You will find many students come back to South explaining that High Sschool was much harder than college (even Ivy League Schools) and more challenging. Teachers need to lessen the strict grading.

  • (8 years ago)

    NSHS is a highly competitive college oriented high school. The students are serious about doing well in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. The school has just undergone major renovations it has grown quite a bit over the last few years.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student (class of '01) I have to disagree with the previous entry in that I forged strong relationships with several of my teachers particularly those in the foreign language and history departments as well as my guidance counselor while I attended South. I also want to add that the quality and variety of extracurriculars and study abroad opportunities is superb. In fact many of the programs I participated in are unheard of in public schools in California (where I am now enrolled in college).

  • (9 years ago)

    Newton South is one of the premier high schools in the nation. Academic support services are readily available the atmostphere is very positive and broadminded and the building itself has gone under a complete renovation. While not exempt from criticism this is a fine school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic program at this school exceeds most in the nation. The honors courses are often at college level. Unfortunately the school's large and growing population makes for very limited student teacher relationships. Good luck finding your way around and from personal experience don't take more than four honors classes at a time.

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