A talented and dedicated certified staff of about 200 provides the
motivation for student achievement. Approximately 80 percent of
South's teachers have an MA degree or beyond.
Advanced Placement courses are offered in American History and
European History, American Government and Comparative
Government, English Language, English Literature, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Calculus, Spanish,
Computer Science, Economics, Music Theory, Studio Art, and
In the spring of 2010, 485 students took 1,083 exams: 314 exams received a 5, the highest ranking; 85 percent of South's examinations were graded 3 or higher.
In 2010, 95 percent of the graduates continued their education
(77% to 4-year colleges, and 18% to 2-year colleges).
Ability Level Grouping
Maine South has four ability level programs which are organized in
academic subjects by each year: the Advanced Placement
Program, Accelerated Program, Regular Program, and Transitional
Program. Students are selected for these programs based on previous academic achievement. Students may take courses at various
levels in different subjects.
Grading System and Rank in Class
Grade point average (GPA) is reported in two different ways:
weighted and non-weighted. The non-weighted GPA gives equal
grade points to every course regardless of difficulty. A class rank
based on the non-weighted GPA will be calculated; however, the
weighted system will be used for designating official class rank,
selection of Maine Scholars (students in the top one percent of
their class), and Honor Roll designees. Driver Education does not
count in the GPA and class ranking. Physical Education counts in
the non-weighted GPA, but not in the weighted GPA. In a Pass/Fail
course, a passing grade does not affect a student's GPA; however, a
failing grade will be figured into the student's total GPA as a zero.
ACT Results for the Class of 2010
In the Class of 2010, 609 students took the ACT test earning a
mean composite score of 24.6. The chart below shows South's
sub-test scores and compares school scores with state and national
|ACT Data - 609 Students
Maine South's Average