Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg, WV - Niche

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Parkersburg South High School is a public school in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It has 1,559 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 39% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 168 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1511 Blizzard Dr
Parkersburg, WV 26101
(304) 420-9610

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3.7 from 168 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My favorite experineces at this school include those from track and cross-country. Parkersburg South has some issues, but the sporting events seem to bring the most joy and happiness to people. In the long run that and education is what really matters, and even though I do not agree with everything the school does, most everyone seems to enjoy it.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Food: I myself do not eat "school food" because of the horror stories I hear everyday. Most kids that eat school lunch claim it as sometimes "unetable" because the low quality of food. Portions are another big problem. High schoolers are being fed the same portions as a third grader even though they are twice their size. Many students, who participate in sports after school, do not have the amount of energy that the sport requires due to small portioning.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: To everyone's surprise, the once strict school has changed atmosphere this year to a laid back vibe. Many rules that would have gotten one in a lot of trouble are now gone. While there is a dress code, no one follows it an no one gets in trouble for it (unless extreme). Also, the cell phone policy has become much more relaxed. Students can be seen every period with a cell phone in hand.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: There are many booming opportunities to participate in high school sports at South. Alithough, many of the teams do cut, there are others such as; track, cross-country, football, and crew that do not so everyone can attend. School spirit is huge at Parkserburg South. The "South Side Psychos" make an appearance at every big sporting event. Everyone is welcome to come join and support their team while intimidating the opponent. Overall, sports and fanning is a big aspect in our school.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: There are many teachers that give off an "I don't get paid enough to be here, let's go home." k

    ind of vibe. It is very evident that many teachers at Parkersburh South do not truly love their job and care for their students. Most do as little as possible to get by and it shows. If different learning techniques were made available to the students, as a whole they would do much better, but many teachers do not ask or pay attention to how students learn best. From experience, they do not reach out entirely for a student who is obviously struggling. On the other hand, there are also many teachers who indeed respect and love their job. They addiquately stand out from the other teachers who obviously made the wrong career choice.

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
2.00 Franklin Elementary Center Public
2.33 Fairplains Elementary School Public
2.33 Martin Elementary School Public
3.33 Edison Junior High School Public
2.00 Jefferson Elementary Center Public
Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School Private, Religious
2.66 Lubeck Elementary School Public
2.33 McKinley Elementary School Public
2.33 Parkersburg High School Public
2.66 Criss Elementary School Public
2.33 Belpre High School Public
North Christian School Private, Religious
2.66 Madison Elementary School Public
2.33 Van Devender Junior High School Public
2.00 Parkersburg Catholic High School Private, Religious
Belpre Christian Academy Private, Religious
3.33 Emerson Elementary School Public
2.33 Hamilton Junior High School Public
The Montessori Experience Private, Montessori
2.33 Worthington Elementary School Public
Parkersburg Christian School Private, Religious
2.00 Belpre Elementary School Public
3.00 Blennerhassett Elementary School Public
2.66 Blennerhassett Junior High School Public
2.33 Mineral Wells Elementary School Public
3.33 Neale Elementary School Public
3.33 Jackson Junior High School Public
3.33 Vienna Elementary School Public
2.66 Kanawha Elementary School Public
3.33 Greenmont Elementary School Public
3.00 Little Hocking Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.33 Parkersburg High School 2 mi. 1,829
2.66 Marietta High School 14 mi. 814
3.33 Ripley High School 31 mi. 978
2.00 Point Pleasant High School 40 mi. 1,196
3.00 Winfield High School 55 mi. 799

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 51%
Female 48%

Student Diversity

Parkersburg South High School United States Marietta High School Parkersburg High School Point Pleasant High School Ripley High School Winfield High School
White 96.0% 51.6% 96.0% 93.0% 97.0% 97.0% 95.0%
African American 1.0% 15.2% 0% 3.0% 1.0% 1.0% 1.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.7% 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%
Hispanic 0% 24.5% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 27.6%
Grade 10 26.1%
Grade 11 23.8%
Grade 12 22.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 16 responses

  • 69% Yes
  • 31% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 29% Some of the teachers are great
  • 29% It is very clean
  • 24% Teachers are very helpful
  • 19% Always stick together

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 33% School lunches
  • 22% Dress Code
  • 22% Bringing in outside food
  • 17% Nothing
  • 6% Attitudes

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 14 responses

  • 64% Our student section is rated the best in the state
  • 14% Most people are generally helpful
  • 14% Our Girls' Basketball Team is 50th in the nation
  • 7% Helping out students with health charities

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 57% Dedicated to its students
  • 36% Athletic Forward
  • 7% Helpful

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 80% Get involved
  • 20% Take advantage of the AP classes and other things

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 9 responses

  • 11% I love everything about this school.
  • 67% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 22% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.