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South High School has a tradition of excellence in academic, artistic and athletic achievement. We take pride in the many accomplishments of our students. We prize the opportunity to add your unique talent to our learning community.

South has three academic programs: All Nations, Liberal Arts and Open. All programs provide core programming and preparation for college and opportunities beyond high school.

Liberal Arts

In the Liberal Arts Documentary the screen shot that shows "Graduation Requirements"  should also state that the requirements listed are  in addition to the district/state standards. A STUDENT WILL NOT RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IF THEY ONLY COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS LISTED IN THE VIDEO.

The Liberal Arts Program prepares students for post high school study and for lifelong learning. This program is recognized nationally with students attending colleges across the United States. Liberal Arts Students experience: advanced course offerings, community activities and service projects, peer tutors/mentors, extra-curricular activities, and independent projects.

"The basic purpose of a liberal arts education is to liberate the human being to exercise his or her potential to the fullest." – Barbara M. White, former President Mills College

"We should think of (liberal arts) education as a kind of intellectual cross-training." Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University

Students Experience:
• Peer tutoring
• 30 hours of community service
• Independent projects

Recommended Courses and Curricular Offerings:
• Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors Classes
• World Languages: Chinese, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe and Spanish
• Engineering and Technology: Project Lead the Way
• Stock Market course offering economics and investment
• Broad range of Arts offerings : Music, Visual Arts and Theater
• College in the Schools classes: English Literature and Composition, Economics, Government, Chinese, German and French
• Community based classes at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Art and other arts organizations

Advanced coursework offered:
College in the Schools (CIS) Writing

College in the Schools (CIS) Literature

CIS Economics

AP English

AP US History

CIS French/German/Chinese

AP Spanish 5

AP Calculus 1&2

AP Statistics

Pop Singers

Wind Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

Chamber Orchestra

Visual Art & Photography


AP Biology

AP Geography

Honors Chemistry

Honors Physics

AP Chemistry

Project Lead The Way


Graduation Requirements: (in addition to district/state requirements)
3 years of Mathematics
3 years of Science
2 years of the same World Language
2 years of Humanities
1 year of Fine Arts
30 Hours of Community Service
Recommend 3 co-curricular activities