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Southern School of Energy and Sustainability (Magnet)

Southern School of Energy

Principal: Kenneth Barnes
Address: 800 Clayton Road Durham, NC  27703
Phone : 919.560.3968
Hours of Operation : 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Enrollment : 1039
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We strive to create a student-centered, comprehensive school plan that is culturally diverse, print-rich, academically stimulating, motivating, and dedicated to the developmental needs of the total child. Although school is a place where student achievement is measured by standardized tests, it must also provide a way for students to receive rewards for their multi-dimensional intelligence. Educators should evaluate more than linguistically based instruments of teaching and learning.

It is essential that we are able to measure what students know and are able to do. The developmental needs of students are best addressed when the school involves all stakeholders in the school's curriculum, culture, values and ability to achieve its mission. It is imperative that the school plan includes a method to implement and monitor the progressive realization of the school's mission. In essence, we should plan our work and work our plan.


Services for Academically/Intellectually Gifted Student

Southern serves academically/intellectually gifted students through honors classes in English, social studies, math, science, foreign languages, dance, art, and chorus. Advanced Placement courses are available in English, calculus, foreign languages, biology, chemistry, and U.S. history. In addition, the Southern High School Center of Specialization for Health Sciences provides advanced study for students who plan to pursue medical careers. Extracurricular activities and clubs also provide more in-depth explanations for students in varying fields of interests.


State ABC Rating :

  • 2010-11: Did Not Meet Growth. Low Recogntion (46.8%)
  • 2009-10: Expected Growth Met. Priority School (43.0%)
  • 2008-09: Expected Growth Met. Priority School (32.5%)

End-of-Course Test Scores

School Scorecard

NC School Report Card


From I-40:

Exit at Miami Boulevard. Proceed towards Durham on Miami. Cross Highway 70 (Miami) Boulevard becomes Mineral Springs Road). Follow Mineral Springs Road until you come to a traffic light at the intersection of Mineral Springs Road and Highway 98. At the light, turn left onto Highway 98. Proceed to the 1st light and turn right onto Clayton Road. Southern High School is approximately 1 mile on the right.

From I-85:

Take Highway 70 towards Raleigh. Take the second exit, which is Highway 98. Turn right onto Highway 98 at the traffic light. Travel approximately 1.5 miles to Clayton Road. Southern High School is approximately 1 mile on the right.

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Improvement Plan

School  Improvement Plan