South Mountain High School is the first and oldest high school in the South Mountain community, educating students since 1954. It is also home to five magnet programs—Aviation and Aerospace Education; Law Studies; Performing Arts (dance, music and theatre); Visual Arts and Communication Arts. We have our own art gallery, court room, radio station and simulated Air Traffic Control tower, as well as one of the largest and well-equipped auditoriums in the state. We also have a full academic curriculum - including Advanced Placement, Honors and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, as well as evening school. The well-rounded learning is evident in the success the South Mountain Academic Decathlon has achieved, qualifying for the State Championships in 20 of the past 21 years.
The experienced teaching staff includes four Nationally Board Certified teachers, other award-winning instructors, and annually, excelling students earn over one million dollars in college scholarships. Because of our magnet programs, the arts flourish at South - from acting and dancing, to sculpture and computer art. South Mountain also has a rich athletics tradition, winning 33 State Championships and sending many student athletes to the college and professional ranks. A brand new PE building, with exceptional training equipment, is one example of South Mountain’s commitment to educating the “whole” student. South Mountain's mission is to create a community of learners who are productive citizens in an ever-changing society.
Chyna Coleman, Class of 2008, starred in basketball and track at South, but she has just completed her senior year at Jackson State University where she helped take her volleyball team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
The State Board of
Education has adopted a new assessment to replace the AIMS Reading,
Writing and Mathematics exams. AzMERIT, Arizona’s Measurement of
Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching, will be administered statewide
in the spring of 2015 for the first time. The tests will measure
proficiency of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in the
areas of Math and English Language Arts in grades 9, 10 and 11.
will not be required to pass the end-of-course tests for graduation, but
must still earn the minimum number of English and Mathematics credits
in order to graduate. The actual test dates have not been determined
yet, but will be across multiple days in April.
High school students
graduating after December 31, 2016 will no longer be required to pass
the AIMS tests to graduate high school. AIMS Science will still be
administered, tied to school accountability, but not graduation.
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