At South, our students embody The Cardinal Way. Our staff models how to be respectful, responsible, safe, and nice, and our students push one another to create a kind and safe environment for learning and socializing. That is what South is about. Environment. When someone, whether it be a student, teacher, staff member, parent, or community member, walks into South, we hope they feel invited, welcomed, and warm. Our building is in the heart of Arlington Heights, and we take that as a responsibility. The environment at South enables for better collaboration opportunities between students and staff. This, then, enhances the learning that goes on between our walls. Enjoy this page that as it gives a great snapshot of who we are at South. If you have any feedback, comments or questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
We are High School ready
At South, we believe in empowering our students to find academic success by being comfortable in the uncomfortable. The world is always changing, and an adaptive and always curious learning mentality, fostered here at South through real life learning situations and applications, allows our students to see the relevancy of their learning.
South students graduate 8th grade prepared for High School District 214. We continually receive feedback from our high schools that our students are prepared for the high school curriculum and for the lifestyle of a high schooler. Our students enter high school with an understanding of how to be creative, inquisitive, and explorative, and it shows in our test scores that our feeder high schools use to determine advanced placement.
Here at South, we want students to become good consumers of information, and know how to weed out bad information and to be a versatile learner. We are a one-to-one Chromebook-to-student building, giving our students access to the world at large, all while learning in an intimate and personal environment. We carefully monitor every student's growth and intervene when needed with a goal of promoting and raising critical thinkers and communicators.
The relationship our students have to their learning is personal, and they take their growth personally. This is a skill and mindset that creates successful human beings once they leave our building.
The community within
Here at South, our students take ownership of the community and environment they hope to create. They celebrate one another and the successes of fellow Cardinals in many ways. The quarterly pep assemblies, run by the student council, is a festive, fun, and passionate showing of support for fellow students who have modeled how to be a person that goes the extra mile and a contributor to the South community.
There is a pride in being a Cardinal. Students and staff want to be here and they all work together to create the type of internal community that will create the best environment for not only learning, but just being, with one another. The more that a middle schooler can have a sense of belonging, the more comfortable he/she will feel to be himself/herself. With that comes more buy-in to The Cardinal Way and more internal confidence, creating higher achievement and growth as a learner and person.
Student academic choices
We are proud to offer a lot of student choice when it comes to academics. We offer six exploratory, creative arts courses, all of which are experienced by every sixth grader. As time goes on, students fine tune their choices based on passion and interest. We also offer three different world language options, all aligned with our high school curriculum, and all available for students to select them as early as sixth grade. We believe three years in one language allows time to not only memorize grammar and vocabulary, but allows for time to immerse students in the culture and daily application of the languages. We teach more than the fundamentals of the languages, through listening, speaking and performance exercises, as well as situational and real life application, which builds a strong foundation and increases retention.
Students can hit the ground running in high school because they were allowed time and space to deeply explore their passions and interests here at South. They can dive right in to what interests them, picking up where they left off, here at South.
Belonging beyond the school day
Our students and staff feel that South is a place to find your people. Our dedicated teachers offer time after school to support our students on their homework, organization and academics, as well as any special interests, clubs, or sports that might bring students together. We have at least 50 different extracurricular clubs, sports, activities, and musical opportunities, which give students a lot of opportunity to find a friend, or two, or three, or more, that can be there for them through their academic or pre-teen journey.
Connecting with a fellow student based on a similar interest is a powerful thing that can lead to academic success and a sense of belonging. We never know what a student might need, but offering a safe space for them to find their people has it's impact that is tough to measure. It is seen daily in the way our students interact in hallways, the classroom, and with their teachers and course work.
Our students leave South with an understanding and appreciation for what it means to give back. We have a strong community within these walls, so it only makes sense to spread that kind of connection to our community. Every year our Student Council runs school wide and community wide service campaigns. It's a focused effort to Pack the (Wheeling) Pantry. That is not the only way our students and staff look to give back. We have our Making a Difference Cardinals (MAD) who throw a sixth grade, mix-it-up lunch, that encourages our sixth graders to integrate and get along, strengthening our community.
It's important for our students to see, especially in this current climate, how being a well-rounded, thoughtful and impactful human can make a huge difference. Our students focus on nurturing their school environment, and then find ways to nurture the world outside of their school, thinking globally.
400 South Highland Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Main Line: (847) 398-4250
Absence Line: (847) 506-6999 x7300
School Mascot: Cardinal
School Colors: Red, Yellow, Black
First Bell: 7:45 a.m.
Last Bell: 2:45 p.m. (lunch 12:10-1:10)
6th Grade Lunch: 11:09a - 11:49a
7th Grade Lunch: 11:53a - 12:33p
8th Grade Lunch: 12:37p - 1:17p