School Details

Shawnee Mission South High School

5800 West 107th St, Shawnee Mission, KS 66207
(913) 993-7500
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1420 students 15 students/teacher (KS avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

87%
93%
84%
95%
95%
89%
92%
92%
85%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Shawnee Mission Pub School average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
87%
80%

Kansas State Assessments (KSA)

In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Shawnee Mission Pub School average
  • Kansas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Shawnee Mission South High School is a public high school in Overland Park. 1,420 children attend Shawnee Mission South High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 25% of the 1,420 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Shawnee Mission South High School is 15:1. Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy 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
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 9%
Multiracial 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 67% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 13% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I recently transferred to Shawnee mission south from SMNW because of the bullying and lack of stopping said bullying at SMNW. Transferring to south was the best decision of my life. There are lots of cliques yes but everybody actually wants to be your friend unlike at a lot of school. I came into the school year knowing no one now its the end of the 1st quarter and i have made +50 friends and many other acquaintances. The teachers and staff are outstanding. they are actively involved with the student body and care about the students. students value the education and i have never seen bullying at the school. everybody is friendly. Best school in the Shawnee mission district from a students point of view.

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently go to South now and let me say it's a great school. If you don't make friends easily or a little socially awkward this school will eat you and spit you out. If you are good with people and have money WAY TO GO! South is for you. The people in south can be harsh but if you find the right group this is the best school ever. The teachers are amazing and the sports are pretty amazing too;) good luck if you become a Raider!

  • (5 years ago)

    South was a great place to go to high school. The school has one of the smaller class sizes in shawnee mission and allows for students to have more opportunities to have leadership positions and make sports teams. The staff and administration is all there for the right reasons.

  • (6 years ago)

    All five of our children attended SMS and were involved in diverse activities and classes including special education cheerleading orchestra foreign language clubs student council etc. The caring staff and supportive families foster a great learning experience.

  • (8 years ago)

    I just transfered my child from Shawnee Mission North to Shawnee Mission South. It's night and day. So far it has been a great experience the staff is very pleasant and helpful and my daughter can now enjoy school and focus on her studies without worrying about when she will be 'jumped' in the hall way. It's nice to see her walk in the building smiling.

  • (10 years ago)

    Shawnee Mission South High School offers an outstanding education for students. The academic student is able to enroll in honors classes in math science and english. Advanced Placement courses are available for 11th and 12th grade students. The music department is excellent in its offerings of Band Orchestra and Choral classes. The Drama Department presents several productions each year that are impressive. The administration is committed to having a safe and educationaly enriching curriculum with an outstanding teaching staff. The students have great school pride and the atmosphere is positive. Shawnee Mission South students rank among the highest in national test scores.

  • (11 years ago)

    SM South is a great school. The band program is very strong and allows students to achieve excellence. The academic scores of SM South are outstanding as well. The ACT scores ranked in the top 3 in the metro KC area in 2003.

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