South High School's Vision
All Denver South High School graduates will be prepared for success in college, career, and life, possessing essential life skills and a sense of civic responsibility to contribute to their global community.

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SCHOOL PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK: South has earned a rating of Meets Expectations (green) on the SPF Report for 2013 and 2014!


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Dear South Parents and Guardians,
Families play an important role in students’ school success. There are many different ways that you can get involved and support your student’s learning. Whether you attend PTA meetings, cheer from the crowd at sports events, or check in with your student at night, you are making a contribution that will help your child do well in school.

Family engagement is strong at South High School, but we’d like to make it even better and make sure our program meets the needs of families, students, and teachers. You can help us form a better partnership between school and home by answering the questions on the survey that was mailed on Monday, April 13th. You should be receiving the short survey within the next couple of days.

Please return the completed survey by using the self-addressed, pre-paid envelope provided to you or drop it off at South in the main office in the same self-addressed envelope by April 27, 2015.

If you have any questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to call our Site Assessment Leader, Rachel Knaizer, at 720-423-6161.



Did you miss our course selection opportunity on April 14th? It's not too late to choose your courses!  Please click on the link below to obtain the course selections for all incoming 9th graders for the 2015/2016 school year.  The sooner you fill it out, the better chance you have of acquiring the courses you choose!  You may email it back to our counseling office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , fax it to us at 720-423-6021, or mail it into South High School - 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210  Attn:  Counseling Dept. If you have any specific questions, please contact our counseling office at 720-423-6068.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Click here for the 9th grade course selections. 



South's Class of 2015 is breaking all sorts of records as record amounts of scholarships are coming in along with students being accepted to Top Tier Schools. South is home to three Boettcher finalists, a National Merit Scholar and four Daniels' Fund finalists! Watch for more news as we receive it during the next couple of months! 

We have students who are Boettcher Scholars (full ride; all four years!)  In total, the Class of 2015 has been awarded over $7 MILLION in outside scholarships and the money just keeps rolling in! Look for a record breaker this year both in college acceptance and scholarships!  

The seniors have also been accepted to outstanding schools. We have acceptances from the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado College, University of Denver, Gonzaga University, University of San Diego, University of Miami, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, The Prep School at Annapolis, Drake University, Elon University, Washington State University, University of Tampa, Berkeley School of Music, Rollins College…and all of our large public schools in Colorado. We are anticipating Ivy League acceptances which are due to be announced in April. Stay tuned for more Class of 2015 news!

GRADUATION:  The Class of 2015 will hold their graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 29th at 3:00 pm at the University of Denver's Ritchie Center.  



Families from the neighborhood, other neighborhoods and private schools are choosing South! 

Current South Parents Love South!

"We considered our home school and another DPS high school.  At the last minute, our daughter asked to shadow at South.  After that shadow day, she was excited and committed to attend South. The comfortable class sizes, the excellent teacher/student rapport, the diversity of student backgrounds and the overall positive feeling in the school gave her what she was looking for in a high school.  Loving every minute of her high school experience at South, she was well prepared for college.  It was such a success that our son followed and is currently attending South and loving South as well.  Our childrens' high school years have been rewarding, academically challenging and extremely fun, it doesn't get any better than that."  Mark and Jan Bundy, Choice-in parents from Hilltop Neighborhood.

"Our daughter attended a small private school.  She was ready for a larger, more diverse school and we chose South because of the welcoming atmosphere, the proximity to our home and the excellent curriculum.  South offers a large number of honors and advanced placement classes and a strong music and art program.  She loves having the opportunity to become acquainted with students from all over the world.  She has found the coursework challenging.  South is our neighborhood school and it is nice to be within walking distance of the school and be part of our community.  Our principal, Dr. Waters, is so energetic and dedicated. It is impressive to see her welcoming the staff and students each morning.  We are happy to be part of the South community!"  Sara Murdoch, Neighborhood Parent and former private school parent.

"South has provided both of my children with the necessary competencies to succeed in high school.  The learning environment is amazing and they are being well prepared for college!  They have been provided opportunities to improve their public speaking, increase their leadership skills and perform community service.  In addition, they are having fun and thoroughly enjoying their high school experience."  Val Renkert, Neighborhood Parent and former parent of the HGT Magnet Program at Morey Middle School

"As a parent, you want the first thirty days of high school to be perfect so your child feels welcomed, safe, excited, engaged, challenged. You trust they will look forward to going to school every day to such an extent that they actually begin to take charge of their own education.  My daughter's first month at South could not have been any better and it set an incredibly positive tone that we have been riding the last 1 1/2 years.  There is no other school like Denver's South High School!"  Nick Bottinelli, former Grant Middle School Family.

"Our daughter has thrived at South. She is challenged academically and creatively.  She has made good friends, been able to participate in sports, and all at a school that has exposed her to other students and cultures from around the world.  There is a long list of positives at South High School!  We are grateful we made the right choice!"   Dr. Andy and Kerry Ziller, former Merrill Middle School parents