South Philadelphia High School

2101 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 952-6220

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Public Grades 9-12 966 students 15 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA)

In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2012
  • Philadelphia City School District average
  • Pennsylvania state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

South Philadelphia High School is a public high school in Philadelphia. The principal of South Philadelphia High School is Mrs Alice Heller. 966 children attend South Philadelphia High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 75% of the 966 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at South Philadelphia High School is 15:1. Sts John Neumann & Maria Garetti Cath High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 8% 14%
Hispanic 6% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 59% 56%
Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 7%
Asian 23% %
Multiracial 0.7% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 75%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is certainly not the best place to send your kid but it's not the worst either. There are a lot of opportunities here that you don't often find in public schools. The two biggest flaws in this school though are definitely the discipline system and of course the mentally gifted program. Not enough kids are mentally gifted for them to spend much money on it. If you have a permitting budget and you're kid is advanced send them somewhere else! There are a lot of fights too but most of it can be avoided if you hang with the right crowd.

  • (6 years ago)

    Although South Philadelphia has not always been the best in the States test results this school is making major improvements. I am a senior at South Philadelphia High School. The thing about this school that I like is that it offers the students chances. Southern gives students numerous of scholarships activities and college opportunities to achieve. I love that the staff within the school actually care about the students attending the school.

  • (11 years ago)

    A very good city high school. The opportunity for students to get a good quality education is at this school. Many of the discipline problems that occur here are because of students who don't belong in this academic setting. An outstanding principal and teaching staff can be found here.

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

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