South Medford High School

Summary:

South Medford High School is a public high school located in Medford, Oregon, serving 1,870 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Medford School District 549C, which is ranked 61 out of 139 districts in the state.

South Medford High School stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic students (31.18%) compared to nearby schools like North Medford High School (60.08%) and Central Medford High School (58.33%). Academically, the school outperforms the district and state in English Language Arts proficiency, but lags behind in Mathematics and Science. Additionally, South Medford High School serves a significantly higher proportion of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 84.92% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, compared to 88.71% at North Medford High School and 51.79% at Central Medford High School.

While South Medford High School's performance has fluctuated over the years, ranking as high as 46th out of 283 Oregon high schools in 2017-2018 and as low as 155th out of 292 in 2014-2015, the school's overall ranking suggests opportunities for improvement. Notably, the school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, with Hispanic students ranking 31st out of 134 Oregon high schools, but Special Education students ranking 70th out of 80. By analyzing these trends and comparing to higher-performing nearby schools like Crater School of Business Innovation and Science, the district and school leadership can identify areas for targeted improvement and enhance educational outcomes for all students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1551 Cunningham Ave
       Medford, OR  97501


(541) 842-3680

District: Medford School District 549C

SchoolDigger Rank:
80th of 258 Oregon High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,862 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  24.3 Help
Number of students:  1,870

Racial breakdown:

White:
59.8%
Hispanic:
31.2%
Two or more races:
5.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.9% Help


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Compare Details South Medford High School ranks better than 69% of high schools in Oregon. It also ranks first among 3 ranked high schools in the Medford School District 549C! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.85. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details South Medford High School has the largest high school student body size in the Medford School District 549C. Racial makeup is: White (59.8%), Hispanic (31.2%), two or more races (5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 84.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at South Medford High School is 24.3, which is the highest among 3 high schools in the Medford School District 549C! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at South Medford High School is $15,862, which is the lowest among 3 high schools in the Medford School District 549C!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

South Medford High School:

SchoolDigger ranks South Medford High School 80th of 258 Oregon public high schools. (See South Medford High School in the ranking list.)

High School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Medford School District 549C:

SchoolDigger ranks Medford School District 549C 61st of 139 Oregon school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for South Medford High School

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Rank History for all students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 62.91 76th 225 66.2%
2005 52.49 111th 231 51.9%
2006 61.35 78th 235 66.8%
2007 79.15 39th 244 84.0%
2008 77.14 43rd 249 82.7%
2009 75.29 55th 263 79.1%
2010 69.83 81st 285 71.6%
2011 71.08 80th 299 73.2%
2012 75.72 50th 308 83.8%
2013 69.18 87th 303 71.3%
2014 78.37 46th 301 84.7%
2015 48.52 155th 292 46.9%
2016 74.57 51st 292 82.5%
2017 59.44 107th 283 62.2%
2018 78.29 46th 283 83.7%
2019 73.82 56th 266 78.9%
2022 46.06 121st 241 49.8%
2023 60.85 80th 258 69.0%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.73 15th 98 84.7%
2019 35.85 46th 66 30.3%
2022 34.32 31st 47 34.0%
2023 74.95 17th 69 75.4%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 80.89 2nd 9 77.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 48.82 54th 132 59.1%
2019 40.64 59th 98 39.8%
2022 40.20 25th 53 52.8%
2023 22.03 70th 80 12.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.73 48th 254 81.1%
2019 72.62 41st 229 82.1%
2022 46.35 120th 241 50.2%
2023 76.33 32nd 224 85.7%
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Rank History for Migrant students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 53.92 9th 20 55.0%
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Rank History for Homeless students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 71.36 6th 23 73.9%
2022 63.68 4th 7 42.9%
2023 62.77 4th 13 69.2%
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Rank History for Female students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.37 51st 251 79.7%
2019 73.32 44th 199 77.9%
2022 45.38 100th 194 48.5%
2023 61.83 62nd 200 69.0%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 70.75 14th 46 69.6%
2022 58.57 27th 57 52.6%
2023 64.98 27th 75 64.0%
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Rank History for Male students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 79.92 37th 250 85.2%
2019 78.21 39th 206 81.1%
2022 46.65 91st 200 54.5%
2023 60.17 74th 214 65.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.23 22nd 156 85.9%
2019 69.05 31st 144 78.5%
2022 43.90 59th 123 52.0%
2023 65.63 31st 134 76.9%
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Rank History for White students at South Medford High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OR State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.03 43rd 266 83.8%
2019 78.35 41st 245 83.3%
2022 49.29 110th 228 51.8%
2023 59.68 80th 237 66.2%
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Data source: test scores: Oregon Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for South Medford High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1332 4 11 39 19 n/a n/a 0 1405
1989 1391 7 13 43 23 n/a n/a 0 1477
1990 1285 2 21 48 18 n/a n/a 0 1374
1991 1266 2 22 52 19 n/a n/a 0 1361
1992 1416 1 28 94 25 n/a n/a 0 1564
1993 1469 6 33 115 36 n/a n/a 0 1659
1994 1448 10 35 120 26 n/a n/a 0 1639
1995 1338 16 26 131 23 n/a n/a 0 1534
1996 1338 16 26 131 23 n/a n/a 0 1534
1997 1407 12 21 120 17 n/a n/a 0 1577
1998 1462 13 27 130 30 n/a n/a 0 1662
1999 1494 16 31 166 25 n/a n/a 0 1732
2000 1576 15 27 194 32 n/a n/a 0 1844
2001 1582 12 32 220 25 n/a n/a 0 1871
2002 1589 14 26 229 24 n/a n/a 0 1882
2003 1589 14 26 229 24 n/a n/a 0 1882
2004 1487 17 29 202 28 n/a n/a 0 1763
2005 1538 21 24 211 39 n/a n/a 20 1853
2006 1516 22 21 241 35 n/a n/a 0 1835
2007 1519 28 27 290 37 n/a n/a 19 1920
2008 1513 29 20 317 34 n/a n/a 7 1920
2009 1398 34 34 321 34 n/a n/a 12 1833
2010 1333 31 19 327 34 n/a n/a 33 1777
2011 1334 27 20 342 31 6 44 0 1804
2012 1313 24 22 384 27 10 40 0 1820
2013 1326 26 18 357 25 10 50 0 1812
2014 1329 20 16 343 25 11 50 0 1794
2015 1298 23 16 371 21 14 52 0 1795
2016 1232 26 19 418 14 16 60 0 1785
2017 1138 20 24 486 15 11 57 0 1751
2018 1093 20 20 510 17 11 66 0 1737
2019 1108 17 27 538 10 8 73 0 1781
2020 1135 19 22 556 10 8 81 2 1833
2021 1071 21 20 541 9 6 76 1 1745
2022 1139 16 21 555 7 7 99 6 1850
2023 1118 21 27 583 14 7 93 7 1870

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at South Medford High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1405 70.4 19.9 56.2
1989 1477 69.9 21.1 5.7
1990 1374 74.5 18.4 4.6
1991 1361 70.9 19.1 5.6
1992 1564 72.0 21.7 9.9
1993 1659 76.5 21.7 7.4
1994 1639 77.7 21.1 10.9
1995 1534 79.1 19.4 10.1
1996 1534 79.1 19.4 10.1
1997 1577 79.6 19.8 11.4
1998 1662 69.7 23.8 13
1999 1732 71.5 24.2 15.7
2000 1844 74.3 24.8 20.2
2001 1871 75.5 24.8 18.9
2002 1882 70.5 26.7 24.9
2003 1882 70.5 26.7 24.9
2004 1763 69.6 25.3 27.1
2005 1853 61.8 30.0 28.3
2006 1835 75.0 24.5 31.6
2007 1920 90.6 21.2 28.2
2008 1920 80.9 23.7 32.9
2009 1833 76.9 23.8 40.4
2010 1777 73.2 24.2 42.1
2011 1804 71.0 25.4 48.6
2012 1820 69.5 26.1 48.4
2013 1812 71.0 25.4 56.2
2014 1794 76.1 23.5 64.1
2015 1795 76.0 23.6 58.8
2016 1785 78.0 22.8 44.1
2017 1751 76.4 22.8 46.4
2018 1737 74.1 23.4 46.3
2019 1781 73.3 24.2 60.7
2020 1833 72.7 25.2 42.7
2021 1745 74.2 23.5 n/a
2022 1850 77.7 23.7 n/a
2023 1870 76.8 24.3 84.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio South Medford High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1405 70.4 19.9 56.2
1989 1477 69.9 21.1 5.7
1990 1374 74.5 18.4 4.6
1991 1361 70.9 19.1 5.6
1992 1564 72.0 21.7 9.9
1993 1659 76.5 21.7 7.4
1994 1639 77.7 21.1 10.9
1995 1534 79.1 19.4 10.1
1996 1534 79.1 19.4 10.1
1997 1577 79.6 19.8 11.4
1998 1662 69.7 23.8 13
1999 1732 71.5 24.2 15.7
2000 1844 74.3 24.8 20.2
2001 1871 75.5 24.8 18.9
2002 1882 70.5 26.7 24.9
2003 1882 70.5 26.7 24.9
2004 1763 69.6 25.3 27.1
2005 1853 61.8 30.0 28.3
2006 1835 75.0 24.5 31.6
2007 1920 90.6 21.2 28.2
2008 1920 80.9 23.7 32.9
2009 1833 76.9 23.8 40.4
2010 1777 73.2 24.2 42.1
2011 1804 71.0 25.4 48.6
2012 1820 69.5 26.1 48.4
2013 1812 71.0 25.4 56.2
2014 1794 76.1 23.5 64.1
2015 1795 76.0 23.6 58.8
2016 1785 78.0 22.8 44.1
2017 1751 76.4 22.8 46.4
2018 1737 74.1 23.4 46.3
2019 1781 73.3 24.2 60.7
2020 1833 72.7 25.2 42.7
2021 1745 74.2 23.5 n/a
2022 1850 77.7 23.7 n/a
2023 1870 76.8 24.3 84.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for South Medford High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 n/a n/a $13,470
2020 n/a n/a $13,011
2021 n/a n/a $13,822
2022 $1,470 (9.3%) $14,392 (90.7%) $15,862

Data source: Oregon Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on South Medford High School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 56th of 266 High schoolsRanks 80th of 258 High schools
 10%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
11th Grade English Language Arts (South Medford High School)74.955.6
 19.3%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Medford School District 549C)68.554.1
 14.4%
   11th Grade English Language Arts (Oregon)66.546.2
 20.3%
11th Grade Mathematics (South Medford High School)36.323.3
 13%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Medford School District 549C)31.620.4
 11.2%
   11th Grade Mathematics (Oregon)32.120.4
 11.7%
11th Grade Science (South Medford High School)51.439.3
 12.1%
   11th Grade Science (Medford School District 549C)50.543.5
 7%
   11th Grade Science (Oregon)39.532.7
 6.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students17811870
 5%
African American1721
 23.5%
American Indian1014
 40%
Asian2727
Hispanic538583
 8.4%
Pacific Islander87
 12.5%
White11081118
 0.9%
Two or More Races7393
 27.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients60.7%84.9%
 24.2%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 1,870 students attended South Medford High School.

Students at South Medford High School are 60% White, 31% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races, 1% Asian, 1% African American.

South Medford High School ranks 80th of 258 Oregon high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Oregon Department of Education.

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