• Promises Made, Promises Kept

    Southland is redefining the measure of success for its students. Southland’s success is defined by the overall achievement of its students – 100 percent accepted into a four-year institution of higher learning. It is one of the top performing schools in the state of Illinois serving a predominantly African-American population in terms of graduation rate and college readiness as measured by the ACT.

    We use a variety of assessments to determine students’ needs, measure their academic growth, and build on their strengths to prepare them for college. In each measure, Southland students exceed state averages, particularly for their demographic group. 

    Southland is driven to ensure that our students have unlimited possibilities and unlimited potential, and we continue to prove the possible with our students and alumni.The ultimate measure of our success is the fact that 100% of each Southland graduating class has been accepted to college.

  • College Bound

    The “Road to College” is a central theme reiterated in every class, every lesson, every day. This is what makes Southland’s academic approach unique – our complete commitment to college readiness for all students. Our central focus in all we do is to ensure that our students have unlimited possibilities and unlimited potential.

    In addition to the academic preparation that is the central focus of our approach, Southland offers every student an extensive, personal college counseling approach. Our counselors, seasoned professionals with vast experience and knowledge of college options and the full application process, work to ensure that all Southland students will be admitted to the colleges of their choice and will have the financial resources to make this college attendance a reality. To this end, our college counseling team works with each student to learn about their options, prepare for college, manage the application and decision process, and finance their college education. Our process is personal and begins early in students' tenure at Southland and involves families along the way.

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    We are achieving our goal of college for all Southland graduates. 

    All of the members of Southland’s graduating classes have been admitted to college, with more than $28 million in scholarships awarded to the Class of 2018 alone and a cumulative total of more than $102 million in merit-based scholarships offered to all students in our first five graduating classes. Our graduates have been accepted by 38 of U.S. News & World Report’s Top 50 Colleges, and we have alumni enrolled in seven of the eight Ivy League schools—plus Stanford. Please see a full list of colleges attended by Southland alumni below.

  • Alabama A&M University - American University - Antioch College - Arizona State Unviersity - Augustana College - Aurora University - Ball State University - Beloit College - Bethune Cookman University - Bradley University - Brown University - Calumet College - Carleton College - Central College - Central State University - Clark Atlanta University - Coe College - Columbia College - Columbia University  - Cornell University - DePaul University - Duke University - East-West University - Eastern Illinois University - Fisk University - Governors State University - Grinnell College - Hampton University - Harper College - Hofstra University - Howard University - Illininois Institute of Technology - Illinois College - Illinois State University - Indiana State University - Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis - Indiana University, Bloomington - Iowa Wesleyan College - Jackson State University - Joliet Junior College - Kentucky State University - Kishwaukee College - Knox College - Langston University - Lawrence University - Lewis University -Lincoln College - Lincoln University - Loyola University, Chicago - Loyola University, New Orleans - Lynn University - Marquette University - Michigan State University - Millikin University - Mississippi Valley State -University - Monmouth College - Moraine Valley College - Morehouse College - North Carolina - Wesleyan University - Northern Illinois University - Northwestern University - Ohio University - Parkland College - Prarie State College - Princeton University - Purdue University - Roosevelt University - Saint Xavier University - Santa Monica College - School of the Art Institute Chicago - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale - Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville - St. Ambrose University - St. John's University - St. Louis University - St. Xavier University - Stanford University - Tennessee State University - Texas Southern University - Tufts University - Tuskegee University - Univeristy of Alabama - University of Arizona - University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff - University of Illinois, Champaign - University of Illinois, Chicago - University of Illinois, Springfield - University of Iowa - University of Kentucky - University of Missouri - University of Northwestern Ohio - University of Notre Dame - University of Pennsylvania - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - US Air Force Academy - Vanderbilt University - Vincennes University - Wartburg College - Washington University in St. Louis - Western Illinois University - Western Kentucky University - Westwood College - Yale University