South High School in Torrance, CA - Niche

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South High School is a public school in Torrance, California. It has 2,158 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 80% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 307 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

4801 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 533-4352

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 307 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Academics: Most teachers know what they're talking about, getting into the classes you need is practically guaranteed, and the scheduling process is simple.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: Everyone is safe. I've always felt very safe. We've had a few fist fights but never involving anyone who didn't know what was going on- in each case, both parties chose to fight.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There are many choices, and there's something for everyone to get involved with.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: While many things at this school may not be up to par, I still love it and have made many amazing memories through it.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Teachers: While there are a few teachers known for going above and beyond, the majority are known for the opposite. We have more than our fair share of teachers who couldn't care less about the success of their students. However, our good teachers are truly spectacular and (almost) make up for their less excellent peers.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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3.66 Joseph Arnold Elementary School Public
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3.00 South Bay High School Private, Special Education
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3.33 Jefferson Middle School Public
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4.33 Alta Vista Elementary School Public
3.66 Anza Elementary School Public
Carden Dominion School Private
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4.33 Rancho Vista Elementary School Public
3.66 Bishop Montgomery High School Private, Religious
Hickory Tree School Private
4.33 Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary School Public
3.66 Hickory Elementary School Public
3.66 Madrona Middle School Public
Rolling Hills Country Day School Private
St. James Elementary School Private, Religious
First Lutheran School Private, Religious
3.66 Victor Elementary School Public
4.33 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Public
Center for Learning Unlimited Private, Special Education
4.33 Chadwick School Private
3.66 West High School Public
4.33 Montemalaga Elementary School Public
4.00 Parras (Nick G.) Middle School Public
4.33 Soleado Elementary School Public
South Bay Junior Academy Private, Religious
2.33 South Bay Faith Academy Private, Religious
Nishiyamato Academy of California Private
Rolling Hills Montessori Private, Montessori
4.33 Redondo Union High School Public
Peninsula Heritage School Private
3.66 Bert M. Lynn Middle School Public
3.33 Fern Elementary School Public
Redondo Beach Learning Academy Public, Alternative
Redondo Shores High School Public, Alternative
The Children's Place Private, Montessori
Shery (Kurt T.) High School Public, Alternative
3.33 Howard Wood Elementary School Public
Seeds of Joy Village Private
Nativity Catholic School Private, Religious
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3.00 Lomita Math/Science Magnet School Public, Magnet, Alternative
4.33 Beryl Heights Elementary School Public
Gene Drevno Community Day Public, Alternative, All-Boys
3.66 Towers Elementary School Public
2.66 Pacific Lutheran High School Private, Religious
Pacific Coast Montessori School Private, Montessori
4.33 Dapplegray Elementary School Public
4.33 Ridgecrest Intermediate Public
3.66 John Adams Elementary School Public
3.66 Torrance High School Public
St. John Fisher School Private, Religious
3.33 J. H. Hull Middle School Public
Coast Christian School Private, Religious
4.00 Jefferson Elementary School Public
Our Lady of Guadalupe School Private, Religious
4.00 Washington Elementary School Public
St. Margaret Mary School Private, Religious
Switzer Learning Center Private, Special Education
2.33 Alexander Fleming Middle School Public, Magnet
4.33 Vista Grande Elementary School Public
3.33 Philip Magruder Middle School Public
2.66 Eshelman Avenue Elementary School Public
4.00 Adams Middle School Public
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George S. Patton Continuation Public, Alternative
4.33 Palos Verdes Intermediate Public
The Pines Christian School Private, Religious
Harbor Church Schools Private, Religious
4.33 Birney Elementary School Public
3.66 Edison Elementary School Public
2.66 Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School Public, Magnet
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4.00 Madison Elementary School Public
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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School 2 mi. 2,580
3.66 West High School 2 mi. 2,195
4.33 Redondo Union High School 3 mi. 2,614
3.66 Torrance High School 3 mi. 2,097
2.66 Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School 3 mi. 2,846

Around South High School

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


Female 51%
Male 48%

Student Diversity

South High School United States Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Redondo Union High School Torrance High School West High School
White 44.0% 51.0% 4.0% 49.0% 48.0% 21.0% 29.0%
Asian 34.0% 4.8% 10.0% 37.0% 13.0% 30.0% 42.0%
Hispanic 14.0% 25.0% 62.0% 7.0% 24.0% 36.0% 16.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 0% 1.0% 2.0% 4.0% 5.0%
African American 2.0% 15.0% 19.0% 3.0% 9.0% 4.0% 4.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 2.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%


Grade 9 25.3%
Grade 10 26.6%
Grade 11 24.8%
Grade 12 23.2%

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 46 responses

  • 67% Yes
  • 26% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 45 responses

  • 27% Friendly people
  • 26% Diversity
  • 20% Location
  • 12% Good education
  • 8% Sports
  • 4% Band
  • 3% Support from faculty

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 24% The mess after lunchtime.
  • 16% Low school spirit
  • 12% Bad football team
  • 9% Peer pressure
  • 8% Some teachers only care about themselves
  • 8% Social media
  • 5% No recognition to the marching band
  • 5% Counseling staff
  • 5% Administration
  • 4% None of the above is bad
  • 1% ASB
  • 1% Could be cleaner
  • 1% Non honors classes are a joke

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 40 responses

  • 38% Highest test scores i believe
  • 18% Friendly
  • 15% Good clubs
  • 10% It was the set for the film "American Beauty"
  • 10% School Spirit
  • 5% Highest test scores, clubs, school spirit, sports
  • 2% A lot of police
  • 2% The weather

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 34% Challenging Honors and AP classes
  • 20% Stay involved
  • 16% Decent
  • 16% Academically strong
  • 14% Strong

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 39% Be yourself
  • 23% Make friends with teahcers
  • 16% Enjoy high school and dont let others guide you
  • 16% Know exactly which classes to schedule.
  • 6% Don't let others keep you from achieving greatness

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 48 responses

  • 15% I love everything about this school.
  • 79% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.