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Welcome to South High

South is committed to educating each of our students in becoming responsible lifelong learners. This in essence means that our students are provided opportunities to pursue academic excellence, connect with positive peer groups and lay the ground work for a promising future.

Our staff work towards this goal daily with enthusiasm! We strive towards maintaining a positive school culture and climate that promotes a sense of self respect, respect for others and respect of our surrounding school environment and community with integrity.

Ray Aponte, Principal


Grades: 9-12
Enrollment: 1921 students
Academic Focus Areas:
  • All Nations (citywide program)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Open (citywide program)
College Partnerships:
  • Augsburg
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College
  • University of Minnesota
  • St. Paul Technical College
Dual Credit Opportunities/Accreditations:
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College in the Schools (CIS)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
  • Project Lead The Way (PLTW) (Engineering)
Post-Graduate Plans (Class of 2011):
  • 55% to four-year colleges
  • 26% to two-year colleges
  • 19% to military service/work/other
  • Two students awarded Page Scholarships
  • Six students awarded Regis Scholarships
  • 28 Students received scholarships administered by AchieveMpls and South High Foundation in the total amount of $89,250
  • Nine Wallin Scholars were awarded approximately $144,000
  • Three Cornwell Scholars were awarded approximately $54,000
  • One Ester Johnson Scholar was awarded approximately $16,000
  • Four Enterprise Scholars were awarded approximately $64,000
  • $1.6 million dollars was awarded to South High students in 2011 to be used for the duration of their college expense
English Language Learner Supports:
  • English as a Second Language classes in several levels, sheltered instruction in math, social studies and science
  • Somali bilingual program aide
  • Spanish bilingual program aide
Citywide Special Education Programs:
  • Life Skills
  • Autism
  • Physical and Other Health Disabilities
Other Student Support Programs:
  • Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Program (TAPPP)
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID): study skills program designed to help students become successful in upper level courses
  • Two students named National Merit Finalists 2011
  • Two students name National Merit Scholar Semi Finalist 2011
  • One student named National Achievement Scholarship Finalist 2011
  • One student named National Achievement Scholarship Semi Finalist 2011
  • Seven students named commended Students in the 2011 National Merit Program
  • One student named 2011 National Achievement Program Outstanding Participants Referred to Colleges
  • Music, art, debate and graphics programs won awards at local and national competitions
Extra-Curricular Opportunities:
  • Athletics
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Visuals Arts
  • 33 Clubs

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