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2014 Massachusetts School Report Card Overview
SOUTH HIGH COMMUNITY (03480520)
Worcester Public School District (03480000) 170 Apricot Street , Worcester, MA 01603
Diane Lynch, Principal Phone: 508.799.3325
Grades Served: 09,10,11,12 Website: http://south.worcesterschools.org

Report cards help parents/guardians and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do. This report card overview answers important questions about our school's performance. For the full report card containing additional data contact the school's principal or visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. For more information about report card data, visit our Profiles Help page.



How is our school doing overall?
Accountability and assistance levels
Our school
Level3
Among lowest performing 20% of schools - Persistently low graduation rate for one or more groups - Low MCAS participation (Less than 95%)
Our district
Level4
One or more schools in the district classified into Level 4

Most schools are assigned a level from 1-5, with those meeting their proficiency gap-narrowing goals in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Levels 4 and 5. A district is typically assigned a level based on the level of its lowest performing school. Placing schools and districts into levels helps districts know which schools need more support, and helps the state know which districts need the most assistance.

School percentile

School percentiles (1-99) indicate how a school is performing overall compared to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school's percentile is below.

Percentile
Lowest performingHighest performing

Overall progress in narrowing gaps

Massachusetts aims to reduce proficiency gaps by half between 2011 and 2017.

All studentsMet Target
High needs studentsMet Target
Low income studentsDid Not Meet Target
Students with disabilitiesDid Not Meet Target
English language learners & former ELLsMet Target



How does our school's achievement over time compare to the district and the state?

Percentage of students scoring proficient or above on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), 2011-2014.

English language artsMathematicsScience
2011201220132014
2011201220132014
2011201220132014
Our school
%62747876
48515656
31424448
High Schools in our district
%70788179
61656460
41494847
High Schools in MA
%85899290
78798079
67707271


How does our school's growth compare to the district and the state?

Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) measure gains in student achievement from year to year. SGPs between 40 and 60 represent moderate growth. Our school's median SGPs for 2014 are below. (Note: Growth values are truncated.)

English language artsMathematics
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Lower growthHigher growth
15099
Our school   61.0    54.0
High Schools in our district  53.0  47.0
High Schools in MA  50.0  50.0


How does our school's enrollment compare to the district and the state?

Total enrollment
Our school
Our district
Our state
1,26424,562955,739
Our
school
High Schools in our districtHigh Schools in MA
By high needs population
#

%
#

%
#

%
Low income students
1,051 83.1
4,431 70.9
91,924 35.3
Students with disabilities
27721.9
1,255 20.1
41,929 16.1
English language learners
352 27.8
1,321 21.1
13,354 5.1


How do our school's teachers and classrooms compare to the district and the state?

General information
Our
school

High Schools in our district
High Schools in MA
Teachers (#)
83.1
435.4
20,122.7
Core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers (%)
99.1
99.4
96.9
Average class size (#)
15.3
14.6
15.9
Student : teacher ratio
15.2 to 1
14.4 to 1
12.9 to 1

How is our school doing on other important measures?

Attendance
Our
school

High Schools in our district
High Schools in MA
Attendance rate (%)
90.8
92.4
93.6
Average days absent per student (#)
15.4
12.8
11.0
Discipline



2014 In-school suspension rate (%)
17.1
9.4
4.3
2014 Out-of-school suspension rate (%)
11.3
10.4
6.6
High school completion
Our school
Our district
Our state
2012 5-year graduation rate (%)
71.3
77.6
87.5
2013 4-year graduation rate (%)
64.7
73.4
85.0
2013 annual dropout rate (%)
4.8
3.4
2.2
2012 graduates attending institutions of higher education* (%)
64.0
65.7
75.6
2014 12th graders taking 1+ Advanced Placement courses (%)
41.9
36.9
35.6
2014 Advanced Placement tests with scores of 3 or higher (%)
37.6
34.8
68.4
2014 SAT average score - Reading
428
439
508
2014 SAT average score - Writing
427
431
499
2014 SAT average score - Math
462
460
523
2013 MassCore** - Completing a rigorous course of study (%)
0.0
4.5
70.2
*Postsecondary enrollment data includes any student enrolling in an institution of higher education within 16 months of earning a high school diploma
**MassCore: 4 years of English & math, 3 years of history & lab-based science, 2 years of a foreign language, 1 year of arts & 5 additional "core" courses

What else should you know about our school?
South High Community School is a culturally and ethnically diverse comprehensive high school. We are home to the city-wide Goddard Scholars program, an accelerated academic magnet for highly-motivated, high-achieving students. To this end, SHCS offers 21 Advanced Placement courses and will be adding AP Capstone in the 2017-2018 school year. South High prides itself on offering a rich program in the Arts with award-winning band and chorus programs as well as a partnership with the Hanover Theater for the Arts. Athletic opportunities are provided through Varsity and Junior Varsity sports as well as through the Fit Club open to all students and staff. We have crafted pathways to vocations in Diesel Technology, Automotive, Culinary Arts and Early Childhood available to all students. South High has a robust life skills program and partners with local businesses to provide students with employment opportunities. South High is committed to community service and as such, both Andy’s Attic clothing pantry and a full-service food pantry are housed and managed within our school and provide services to the student body and greater Worcester County.
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Published by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education