School Services

MEDIA CENTER
The Media Center is at the center of curricular activities at South. We have a collection of over 30,000 books, periodicals and newspapers, and a non-print collection of over 1,500 titles, including video and audiotapes, records, and compact discs. In addition, we loan audio visual equipment, such as camcorders, audio recorders, projectors, and cameras for student and staff use. The building network provides access to the Media Center Catalog and thousands of on-line journals via the Electronic Library of Minnesota.

All computers in the building have Microsoft Office, providing word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to all students. Classes use our computer labs to word process, do Internet research, use the electronic reference sources and for online testing. Two media specialists provide reference and reading/viewing/technology guidance. The media specialists also provide collaborative curriculum/technology planning with classroom teachers and offer training in technology skills. The media center is open before and after school and during lunch.

COUNSELING
The high school counseling program uses a comprehensive, developmental approach, based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) model. This is a proactive approach that encompasses services in Academics, Personal/Social, and Career/Life Planning domains. Counselors meet with students 3-5 times per year in their classrooms during 9-11 grade and meets at least twice individually each year with the seniors. Community and family nights are also held several times a year to help share information and answer questions.

Part of the programming includes helping the students complete the district‘s My Life Plan. This tool helps students explore who they are, what careers and training options are available, and developing the skills to transition successfully to life beyond high school. Students see counselors for issues such as: trouble with classes, referrals to academic support and credit recovery, concerns outside of school that impact success in school, etc. Counselors are also available to help families find ways to support their students in school.

THE SOUTH HIGH/ACHIEVE MPLS COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER (CCC)
The CCC supports the work of the SHS counseling staff in helping all students connect to resources and gather information about opportunities after high school. The center has materials pertaining to college applications, financial aid, college choice, test taking, scholarships, and career exploration. Each year, many colleges visit the CCC to meet with students in small groups and via on-site college fairs. The CCC coordinator is available to meet with students and parents individually or in small groups to personally explore their post-high school options.

The CCC is part of the Career and College Initiative through AchieveMpls. The CCC works with community members, families and schools to ensure that all Minneapolis Public School students have a chance to explore the multitude of opportunities life has to offer. The CCC Coordinator, school counselors, and community volunteers, work with students to help them answer a series of questions using Naviance, an online career and college planning resource, to develop a customized My Life Plan. This plan guides students in grades 9-12 in transitioning from high school to further education and work.