School Details

Toms River High - South High School

55 Hyers Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 505-5738

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Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1535 students 14 students/teacher (NJ avg is 12)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) to test students in grade 11 in language arts literacy and math. The HSPA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. Students are required to pass the HSPA in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT)

In 2011-2012 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess high school students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Toms River High - South High School is a public high school in Toms River. The principal of Toms River High - South High School is Mr Leonard Stanziano and can be contacted at 1,535 students go to Toms River High - South High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.3% of the Toms River High - South High School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 1,535 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Toms River High - South High School is 14:1. Monsignor Donovan High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 81% 79%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Asian 2% %
Multiracial 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.07% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 23%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    Very good school! The principal Leonard Stanziano sends a weekly news letter for scholarship events and deadlines. I have found the teachers caring and skilled. The guidance department professional and effective. The sports are great and give the students a great sence of school spirit. All in all a great high school !

  • (12 months ago)

    This is my daughters first year of high school south. I am very pleased by the way things are being run. she likes her teachers and everything is well organized. the principal sends out weekly updates and monthly updates which is very nice to be able to read what's going on at the school. Also the office staff is very polite and helpful.

  • (2 years ago)

    we where looking in the area and was not welcomed it was a horrible day for my kids the irony was parents and some of the local people where very un friendly

  • (4 years ago)

    guidance department doesnt help with schorshops n grants help chldren with career goals i know my son doesnt feel confrtable going 2 c his guid counsler + the guidcounslers should be helping each jr N senior4schorliships n grants NOT JUST THEIR OWN CHILD i ask 4my son 2 get schorlship help he never received it the same with my daughter a few years back Like i ws totally agnored the guiddeptant needs 2 stat doing their jobs and get grants N schorlships 4 the jrs and sniros u dont have 2 wait 2 Bcome senior 2 get a grant or schorlship it does start in their jr year My chldren didnt receive any help even aftyer my emails to the man guidance counsler

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent of a junior here I am completely satisfied with the education my son is receiving at HS South. The acedemic challenge and support is first rate the athletic program is fair and well run. The school spirit is the best I have ever witnessed which speaks volumes on how much the teachers and staff care about the education and welfare of the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter received a great education at South. The staff was amazing. They were always available to offer extra help help with sending college apps etc. There is a wide variety of activities available for the students from sports to clubs so there is something for everyone. It is the oldest HS in TR and the building is small and somewhat crowded. It is probably the most diverse student population of the TR HSs which we liked. Overall a wonderful learning enviroment.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school has the best acedemics in this area but the hall ways could be a little bigger all in all th ebest.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of a senior and a freshman I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The school pride and spirit is incredible. The teachers are wonderful and encouraging and the parent involvement is second to none. If your child is not an athlete - that does not matter- there are so many other activities to join - and all of the kids support each other. As the wife of a former alumni my husband and I moved to this section of town when my sons were little so that they could experience this great school. The kids are down to earth and friendly - there are no competitions for who has the 'best' of cars clothes etc. like there is in the other two Toms river High Schools. Go South!

  • (6 years ago)

    as a student that has been to every high school in toms river the rest just can't compare. toms river high school south is the most friendly laid back spirited high school you will ever step in to.

  • (7 years ago)

    When my daughter had to write her college essays they all went back to something she had recieved from being at High School SOuth. One of the essays asked her what she had to offer to her new campus and her answer Indian Spirit that would alwyas encourage her to be involved and have an impact on the school community after all it's not always about strictly academics. If you ask aboutt academics I would have to say the caliber of friends she has made have encouraged her to be an honor student in the calssroom on the sports field and a leader in the community. In one of her essays she recounts how disappointed she is with teenagers that claim to do something risky because they are bored....she has not had one day where she has been bored during high school. There is always something to do!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter entered HS South as a transfer in her sophomore year from HS East. I only wish that she had entered this outstanding school from from the beginning of her freshman year. It is difficult to believe that both high schools are located within the same town! East focuses on the adversities of their students while South concentrates on the positive attributes. The feeling of spirit and camaraderie envelopes you as you enter through the front doors. Teachers staff and administrators all try to understand each student on a personal level. The Principal Mr. Stanziano reminds me of a proud father as he strolls through the halls and interacts with the everyone he passes. I have two younger children who will definitely be attending this phenomenal high school!

  • (7 years ago)

    'South...need we say more?' With a slogan like that you know this school has to be amazing. It is one of the most spirited high schools in the state country maybe even the world. Home of the Hitting Indians known for one of the best baseball teams in the state every year. Insane spirit and tradition in every person in every hallway. May be hot inside the building very crowded but it is by far the best high school you will ever step into. The other schools in town cannot compare.

  • (7 years ago)

    The spirit and tradition at Toms River High School South leads you to believe that this high school is the one and only high school in the entire town. The teachers like parents are there for you whenever you need them. The entire school no matter what religion celebrates every holiday including Christmas with Christmas songs played between each class in December Christmas movies played on the TV clocks the marching band playing Jingle Bells through the hallways Halloween Easter which features the famous Spirit Egg Hunt in the courtyard and many more. Once you enter the building you will feel right at home. South is an incredible school for family friends spirit tradition and fun. Don't forget to follow the marching band around the hallways every Friday dancing to the school song Old Indian Tom.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was very dissapointed in this school. Maybe the staff and kids need to thnk about acedemics first before spirit

  • (9 years ago)

    I attended this school many years ago and loved both the school and the teachers. I was very happy there all 4 years. In fact my own children might be attending this school within a few years.

  • (9 years ago)

    Though as mentioned the school does have rather crowded hallways and in some rooms is unaired the rewards of going here far out way those conditions. The school has a strong sense of unity and as far as i hear and know less fights than ur average school also unlike ur steriotypical highschool with ur clics and such people are not necessarily made fun of for who they are or what clubs they belong to there is a loving school environment good teachers and many special days inwhich a little fun is thrown in to make the student's four years a great one.

  • (9 years ago)

    Beside the crowded hall way and unair condidtioned classes south is a great school.. The Teachers are great.. except for a few that i think are a little out there and as an incoming freshman it was easy for me to find my way around the school because there is always a teacher in the halls to direct traffic fridays are full of spirit anf b4 you leave school you are pumped for the football games.even tho our football team isn't the greatest most of the school will show up to teh games and cheer you on. And the band is awesome.. and i love beinga part of the band front even tho we work extremly hard we stiull have fun. SOuth is a great high school and i don't want to go anywhere else

  • (10 years ago)

    I have only praise for Toms River South it may be the oldest of the three highschools in the district it's definately the smallest in size but South stands above the others. From caring teachers who are always available for the kids (on their time) the fabulous band playng through the halls on pep rally days extracurricular activities are bursting Pride & Spirit from the kids teachers & parents as well. Fan turnout for the football games is incredible even if we were 0-4 at the time. Two of my children graduated from South my third is a junior this year. All enjoyed their years at South. As I did years ago. When buying my house high school zoning was a factor as it was for my daughter when she recently purchased a home. Quite a few teachers & coaches are alumnmi too. Pride & Spirit once there always there!

  • (11 years ago)

    High School South has reigned as the most traditional and spirited school in the county. The mascots the band the pep rallies; South is notorious for their original off-the-wall antics and their display of Indian Pride. Bonds of friendship are formed between students and faculty making South much like a family rather than just a learning institution. All of the superficial aspects of driving expensive cars and wearing Banana Republic are scarce. Any types of cliques prominent in middle school diminish when students enter South. The atmosphere is laid back yet safe and disciplined equipped with some of the most prized faculty in the district. A foundation of tolerance diversity compassion and tradition are valued and everlasting at the home of the Indians.

  • (11 years ago)

    My oldest is a senior at South. The staff is kind and caring the student body diverse and overall it is a great environment in which a teenager can grown and learn. There is very little competition regarding clothing or possessions amongst the students and a very casual accepting environment prevails. South students do not feel a need to wear name necklace jewelry drive new cars or have name brand clothing. South is a breath of fresh air as far as highschools are concerned and very much like I remember my highschool experience there many years ago!

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