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Southwestern Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 729 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2013

Southwestern Middle school is a terrific school, with friendly staff and terrific teachers. Way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

This wonderful school is the best middle school there is in Florida!!! The staff and teachers there treat you like family. I know that because its my 3rd year there and it has been the most fun filled 3 years of my life!!! I give this school 2 HUGE thumbs up!!


Posted July 17, 2013

Unfortunately, I found that the learning environment at SWM was horrible ( 2012-2013 / school year). I was an active parent, but I still felt some of my child's teachers were just there, not really engaged! The expectations set for the students in my opinion were embarrassingly low, and they have a very limited amount of extra curricular activities for the students. There is also a lot of proven bullying at this school. I highly recommend anyone sending your child here, to please do your research first!! Not just on these types of school focused websites, but max out Google. And take a tour if possible. We were from out of state, so it made it more difficult, but I wished I never sent my child there. If you have no other choice, make sure you stay in contact with the teachers from the first day, as a majority of the parents do not do. Let them know upfront what your expectations are for your child, and please do not let them set it for you. I truly hope the school improves one day, but at this point in time, I suggest this school be the last option for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

This school is a diamond that shines from the top down. Have been here with my children for the past five years. Even though my kids have gone to high school I will stay here and volunteer because the principal is fantastic. She knows every child by name is truly manages by walking around. She is everywhere and the kids love her. She inspires the children and the parents. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Southwestern Middle School is the best place I have ever worked. Parents, students, teachers, support staff, administration, and the community work together to make Southwestern a school dedicated to help each and every person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

SWMS is the best! They have the best teachers, staff and administration. The principal is fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

I have been part of the best support staff in the county at Southwestern Middle School for 6 years. I will be here with my cane.... Go Tigers, the BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNTY WIDE! I love my school. Our Administrators ROCK! BEST around. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The principal and her staff are AWESOME and they really care about the students wellfare and that they succeed in school. They are involved in the community and when the going gets rough they dig their heals in and do whatever needs done. Once we had some pretty bad tornadoes come through our town and the principal drove from her home in Daytona (our school was closed due to flooding and other issues) and instead of letting the food in the cafe' go bad she called in some staff and fed the community because alot of homes around the school had been hit by the tornadoes. If they know of children that needs tutoring but can't stay after school they in some cases make arrangements to go to the students home to help that student and/or student. I could go on and on about this school, but that would take quite a long time. I believe its the BEST school anywhere and the principal is just as great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The Principles are always there to helpstudents and teachers. They are very involved and spend many hours here helping to increase positive attitudes and a great learning environment. The teachers are always there to help each other, and the students, wtih after school media center hours to help student with homework. We have a day were teachers work with students in fun ways and in catch-up work. We all try to support one another in the clubs and after school activites, always trying to raise moneies needed for the different clubs and for field trips which are so important to our students, so they can see what is out in the world. This school has a wonderful atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

The staff members are supportive of each other as well as the students. All strive to bring out the best in every student they have contact with. In short, it's a loving environment in which to work.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2010

It is a smaller community school that cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

I love Southwestern Middle School - a Title I school - which is an 'A' school in Florida. Our students are our top priority!!! 'Failure is not an option!!!!!!'
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2010

Southwestern Middle School has a caring atmosphere and a dedication to excellence. The administration is great, and the teachers are all dedicated professionals. It is a clean, welcoming campus, and I have been proud and pleased that both of my children have spent and are spending their middle school years there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I have taught art there for 32 years and it really is the best. Small, family atmosphere, dedicated teachers and innovative, caring and supportive administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

My son was bullied and stolen from i am very disapointed with this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

This is the best middle school in Volusia County. The principle Mamie Oatis is awesome and her staff/faculty are the best. They are structured, hands on, concerned about my childrens safety and education. Ms. Oatis is very hands on and is at practically every function the school holds. She is involved in the community and well respected by business owners along with staff, parents, students and the district. She has taken that school and turned it around and doesn't expect her staff to do anything she is not willing to do. Her A/P totally rock and its a pleasure to have thme in my childrens life. If I could give 10 stars I would but only five are allowed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Southwestern Middle School is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

Ms. Oatis is the most hands on principal I have ever seen. She attends every event possible and is always encouraging to the students. The teachers are supportive and helpful. Discipline is very effective at this school. They are firm and proactive in telling students what they expect from them before an event, as well as enforcing discipline during an event. The students have a wide variety of after school clubs, their 8th grade trip to DC was well chaperoned and planned, and they held a great graduation program complete with a dance that welcomed not only students, but their families as well. This is a school where a kid can still be a kid, and opportunities abound for everyone, regardless of social status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

Southwestern is one of the best schools around! I drop my kids off knowing they are safe. They have excellent opportunities for kids to bring up grades or maintain them. The Principal (Mamie Oatis) is excellent! The wheel (art, home EC, technology, and computers) are great classes with excellent opportunities! They also have music(band or chorus). There is little parent involvement as far as helping with lunch but they are always willing to come speak to the kids. They even have a school basketball team! Keep up the excellent work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

My child hates this school it is not organized. The students are mean and unwelcoming they need a punishment policy.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

216 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 42%
Black 26% 23%
Hispanic 18% 29%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%56%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 60%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Mamie Oatis
Fax number
  • (386) 822-6708

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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605 W New Hampshire Ave
DeLand, FL 32720
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