South High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 8 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Torrance Unified
Type Public
 Phone (310)533-4352
 Location 4801 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Torrance, CA 90505
Charter School No

South High has an academic rating well above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 140th in the best public high schools in California.



The South High student body is predominantly White with a significant Asian Pacific population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific33.4%713
Native American Indian0.5%11
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.6%12
Two or more races6.7%143

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 8.3%

10.9% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, South High students are largely wealthy and rank 105th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

8 out of 10

Rank: 185th in California

Students at South High scored an average 62% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is well above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 15.3% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls60% to 64%*70% to 74%*
Boys55% to 59%*55% to 59%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander80% to 84%*75% to 79%*
Blackless than 50%*50% or more*
Hispanic30% to 34%*50% to 54%*
Multiracial60% to 79%*60% to 79%*
White45% to 49%*55% to 59%*
With Disabilites11% to 19%*11% to 19%*
Limited English21% to 39%*20% or less*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for South High students in 2016 was 1211.

College Admission Test Participation

6 out of 10

Rank: 334th in California

369 out of 1,063 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (35%). College admission testing participation is somewhat above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 35% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

7 out of 10

Rank: 196th in California

South High offers 18 AP courses. 28 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 73% percentile and somewhat above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. South High had 460 taking AP exams with a 349 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 78% percentile and well above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 76% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 28% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 9%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 16%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 18%
AP Courses Offered 18

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate10%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate9%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.6%12
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0.5%10

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students1%21


South High
4801 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Torrance, CA

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Torrance Unified
Torrance, CA