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  • Every Saturday is a SMART Saturday here at SMHS!  

    The library is open from 8am - 12pm on Saturdays for tutoring or for you to catch up on work.  We are here to serve you, hope to see you there!

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  • AZ Merit Fall Testing is coming!

    Your Jag Time teacher will let you know if you need to take this test on 10/27 or 10/29.

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  • Picture day is coming!

    11/2 and 11/3 Seniors

    11/3 Under Classmen

    11/18 staff photos

    12/3 Photo retakes and Senior group





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Experience High School @ South Mountain
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.  South Mountain is proud to be named an AVID certified school site.  In synthesis with the Phoenix Union High School District mission, the AVID mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.     
Our South Mountain Girls Track team won the Arizona State Championships!  Congratulations ladies and Coaches!
Girls Track  

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5401 S. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040 
602.764.5012 Attendance Hotline
Principal: Kate McDonald
Mascot: Jaguars
School Colors: Columbia Blue & Red
Year School Opened: 1954

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