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Southern Hills Middle School


​Mission: SHMS inspires and empowers individuals through innovative, supportive, and engaging learning opportunities to be active and compassionate participants in a global society.

John White, Principal

Melissa Overboe, Assistant Principal


Address: 1500 Knox Drive

City: Boulder

State: CO

Zip: 80305

Office Phone: 720-561-3400

Fax: 720-561-3401

Attendance Phone: 720-561-3402

Counseling Phone:  

Counseling Fax:  


Daily Schedule:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  8:15 - 3:15 

Late Start Wednesday    9:30 - 3:15

About Our School:

Southern Hills is a neighborhood, John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award winning middle school in south Boulder. As a high achieving school with a rich tradition for academic excellence, Southern Hills offers students a high degree of personal attention and a closely knit community based on the school values of respect, responsibility, safety and kindness.  Southern Hills offers accelerated classes in mathematics, language arts and foreign language along with a wide array of electives to provide a well-rounded middle school experience. With strong programs for talented/ gifted and special education students, Southern Hills prides itself on meeting the varying needs of our students.


While student learning is always of primary importance, we also value creativity, friendship and mutual respect for the differences in each one of us.  At Southern Hills, there is a school-wide focus on social emotional learning.  There are also many opportunities for students to connect on multiple levels through a variety of student activities, clubs and athletics,


Southern Hills also has an active and supportive parent community.  The school values the school-home relationship and provides many school-to-parent communication methods that are used to support student success and keep parents informed.

Program Characteristics:

Principals Message:

​Southern Hills Middle School has a distinguished tradition of high academic standards and outstanding student achievement. We take great pride in providing students with a foundation of academic excellence in conjunction with our Cougar PRIDE Values of Participation, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Empathy. While student learning is always of primary importance, we also value the social and emotional well-being of all of our students.

There are many reasons why Southern Hills, a perennial John J. Irwin School of Excellence Award winner, continues to be an excellent learning environment for all students. One reason is the highly dedicated teachers and staff who work with our students each day. Our staff puts kids first and continuously strives to meet the individual needs of each student. In addition, several faculty members have distinguished themselves on a local and state level with numerous awards and acknowledgements. We are also dedicated to providing a 21st Century learning environment. Challenging thinking and building problem solving skills is all enhanced with technology such as SmartBoards in every classroom and the use of Chromebooks.  Southern Hills also has an extremely active and supportive parent community involving wonderful volunteers and community connection. Our parent community, along with Southern Hill’s tradition of strong home-to-school communication, remains a key component of our students’ success. Southern Hills is proud of our survey results from the parent community indicating a very high level of satisfaction with our school’s overall program.

SHMS students are among the best in Colorado as evidenced from a number of categories. In addition to very high test scores, students have been recognized for outstanding achievement in local, state and national competitions in science, history, math, music and TAG activities. Many of our students are supported by accelerated and honors classes in math, language arts and world language. Southern Hills is also fortunate to possess a comprehensive Intensive Learning Center Program that includes peer tutoring to serve diverse learners from around the school district. Whatever the student need or learning style, all students have at their disposal a wide range of curricular offerings in addition to the rigors of the traditional core program.

Most importantly, Southern Hills is committed to meeting the needs of all of our students. From the high achieving students to those who struggle, our staff development and educational resources have centered on strategies to meet our students’ educational demands. Though we enjoy an outstanding student and staff climate, we are always working on ways to improve in this area in order to foster even greater student learning.  Most recently, we were highlighted in the news for providing school-wide social emotional learning that involved community volunteers and professionals. We pride ourselves in providing a safe and welcoming environment that allows for all students to thrive.  I am proud of the many accomplishments Southern Hills has achieved and honored to serve such a fantastic community of learners!


John White


Points of Pride:

Mission statement:

SHMS inspires and empowers individuals through innovative, supportive, and engaging learning opportunities to be active and compassionate participants in a global society.​

Vision statement:

Academic Goals:

​Southern Hills M.S. growth targets will focus on two different subpopulations for the 2018 - 19 school year.  Special Education students and students in the Free and Reduced Lunch program will be targeted in the areas of Reading, Writing and Math.  Our goal is to improve reading, proficiency for all students at all grade levels.  Specific instructional strategies, which are applicable for all students, will be used in the classroom to address the specific needs of these two groups of students.  In addition, teachers will be receiving ongoing professional development throughout the school year to help them improve their differentiation of both formative and summative assessments.

Student/Teacher Ratio: 18.5/1

Funded Headcount: 537

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Enrollment FTE: 537

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School Code: SHM