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Southern School of Engineering

Southern School of Engineering Principal: John Rollack, Interim
Address: 800 Clayton Road Durham, NC  27703
Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Phone: 919.560.9184
Enrollment: 1039
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Southern High School of Engineering provides each student with the physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills needed to compete in a 21st century global market.

Southern High School of Engineering is open to any student who will be enrolled at Southern in the 9th grade. Entering 9th graders who are interested in should complete an application and contact their guidance counselor for more information.


The framework for learning in the 21st century is based on the essential skills that our students need to succeed as citizens and workers in the 21st century. We have identified six key elements of a 21st century education, which are described below.

  • Core Subjects. The No Child Left Behind Act identifies the core subjects as English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.
  • 21st Century Content. Several significant, emerging content areas are critical to success in communities and workplaces. These content areas typically are not emphasized in schools today:
      • Global awareness
      • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
      • Civic literacy
      • Health and wellness awareness
  • Learning and Thinking Skills. As much as students need to learn academic content, they also need to know how to keep learning -- and make effective and innovative use of what they know -- throughout their lives. Learning and Thinking Skills are comprised of:
      • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
      • Communication Skills
      • Creativity and Innovation Skills
      • Collaboration Skills
      • Information and Media Literacy Skills
      • Contextual Learning Skills
  • ICT Literacy. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) literacy is the ability to use technology to develop 21st century content knowledge and skills, in support of 21st century teaching and learning
  • Life Skills. Good teachers have always incorporated life skills into their pedagogy. The challenge today is to incorporate these essential skills into schools deliberately, strategically and broadly. Life skills include:
      • Leadership
      • Ethics
      • Accountability
      • Adaptability
      • Personal Productivity
      • Personal Responsibility
      • People Skills
      • Self Direction
      • Social Responsibility
  • 21st Century Assessments. Authentic 21st century assessments are the essential foundation of a 21st century education. Assessments must measure all five results that matter -- core subjects; 21st century content; learning skills; ICT literacy; and life skills. To be effective, sustainable and affordable, assessments must use modern technologies to increase efficiency and timeliness. Standardized tests alone can measure only a few of the important skills and knowledge students should learn. A balance of assessments, including high-quality standardized testing along with effective classroom assessments, offers students a powerful way to master the content and skills central to success.


  • 2009-10: Expected Growth. School of Progress (71.3%)
  • 2009-10: High Growth. Progress School (70.5%)
  • 2008-09: Growth Not Met. Priority School (50%)

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