South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC - Niche

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South Mecklenburg High School is a public school in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has 2,744 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 54% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 304 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

8900 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28210
(980) 343-3600

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 304 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: Good school, teachers look out for students and bullying is not accepted
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: My school is very diverse and the environment allows everyone to respect each other and accept one another.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: All of my teachers are willing to help in any way possible to ensure I am receiving all the help I need and make sure I will be successful.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: There's literally a club for anyone. If there isn't a club for you, talk to Mr. Howard and you can make one for next year. SuperFans is really popular for sports fans and just the general student population. We have Young Democrats and Young Republican for political people. We have all sorts of Honors Societies. Interact is the biggest service club. I personally love South Meck Ultimate Club where we play ultimate frisbee every Friday. There are also a lot of other smaller clubs.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: The student environment is amazing. It's a big school with a large campus and large student body, but it feels like a small school. The student culture is really interconnected. Everybody knows everybody. There aren't any cliques. Everyone is really nice and engaging. We have a lot of school pride. The SuperFans club makes sure every sporting event has a big crowd. It's clean-ish. Some of the buildings are old and most of the bathrooms are nasty. The counselors do a great job of getting you the classes you need and the college support that you need. The school offers a lot of different classes, standard, honors, and AP. The school is a language magnet program so there are plenty of language classes. There are also several PLTW classes for students looking to get exposed to different career fields.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 Myers Park High School 5 mi. 2,775
4.00 Ardrey Kell High School 6 mi. 2,512
3.66 Providence High School 5 mi. 1,972
3.00 East Mecklenburg High School 7 mi. 1,846
1.66 Harding University High School 9 mi. 1,671

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


Female 50%
Male 49%

Student Diversity

South Mecklenburg High School United States Ardrey Kell High School East Mecklenburg High School Harding University High School Myers Park High School Providence High School
White 39.0% 51.0% 63.0% 22.0% 3.0% 58.0% 72.0%
African American 28.0% 15.0% 12.0% 46.0% 66.0% 25.0% 8.0%
Hispanic 25.0% 25.0% 7.0% 18.0% 25.0% 8.0% 5.0%
Asian 3.0% 4.8% 13.0% 8.0% 3.0% 4.0% 9.0%
Multiracial 3.0% 2.8% 2.0% 3.0% 1.0% 1.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 28.1%
Grade 10 28.0%
Grade 11 22.7%
Grade 12 21.1%

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 54 responses

  • 72% Yes
  • 20% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 46 responses

  • 29% The diversity, and the school spirit
  • 19% Diversity and how friendly we are
  • 17% Campus is easy to get around
  • 15% Friendly teachers
  • 9% Administration is very helpful
  • 7% Support we have for our team sports
  • 3% Class variety
  • 1% Lunch staff is friendly

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 38 responses

  • 21% Lunch
  • 19% Waking up at 5 am
  • 17% Enrichment classes
  • 11% Unfit teachers
  • 8% Computer access
  • 6% Principal
  • 6% ENRICHMENT!!!!!!
  • 5% Freshmen
  • 3% Cleaness
  • 2% No interaction between diversity
  • 2% Some students complain too much
  • 1% Obnoxious and rude behavior by 40% of the students
  • 1% Too much administrative time is spent on disipline

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 48 responses

  • 77% Diversity.
  • 10% Even though our school is big we are all friendly
  • 8% The large number of AP courses available
  • 2% Ratchet
  • 2% Pride

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 64% Diverse Family
  • 13% Welcoming
  • 11% Competitive
  • 9% The time of your life
  • 4% Ap classes vs honors vs standard

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 38% Its big but you will have the time of your life
  • 36% Try hard because it is academically competitive
  • 15% Its what you make it . work hard and join clubs.
  • 8% Its not like the movies
  • 3% Join as many clubs only if you can commit time.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 11% I love everything about this school.
  • 84% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.