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Southwest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 457 students

 

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Posted March 20, 2014

My child was treated unfairly. My child's teacher's (my child was switched twice) was unfair. My child was not taught properly. I got in trouble for trying to get the information I needed for my child to succeed. The teacher yelled at me. I reported her and not much happened. A teacher should not act like that. The next teacher expected my child to know things I did not know my child needed to know because the previous teacher would not tell me. I took my child out of this school at the end of the semester due to the unfairness. My child has missed a lot of school due to being treated unfairly from this school. To the point where it is messing up their attendance even for being sick. Plus since being in another school I see just how much work this school puts on their kids. The work is beyond hard for them. The teacher did tell me he was doing 3rd grade work in 2nd grade to help with test scores. They are shoving school work down their throats. He likes the school he is in now so much more. This school says they are a good school and they care but they do not. They only care about test scores. I do not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This school is "hometown charm" at its best! My daughter attended here from kindergarten through fifth grade. The teachers take a personal interest in the success of their students. Extra music, art and computer programs add richness to their education. The principal is devoted to the school's success. She knows every student by name, and works with families to make sure that each family feels welcomed and valued at SWE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This is the BEST school in the WHOLE-WIDE WORLD!!!!!!!! My two children have excelled there and have had WONDERFUL teachers. EVERYONE there...from the FABULOUS resource teachers to the COMPASSIONATE classroom teachers to the FRIENDLY OFFICE STAFF...to the AMAZING principal...WE LOVE SOUTHWEST!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

Everything about this school is FIVE star. The teachers, the office staff, the paras, the students, the custodians, and the cafeteria workers. The principal knows EVERY (400+) child's name and home situation. You won't find this Principal in her office much, she is always in a classroom, walking a student by the hand down the hall or wiping tears from a crying kindergartener. I have been in SEVERAL classrooms during "teaching" time and everyone visit has been impressive. Anyone that says this school is less than awesome needs their head examined!


Posted October 26, 2012

I went to this school for 6 years, I loved it there and unlike what the parent who submitted their review on October 21 2011 this school was by far the best school I have ever gone to. And also the teachers deserve the credit for the schools rating because the teachers have to teach the children so it really is both the teachers and the students success. We did have recess but it stopped at 4th grade because by the time your in 4th grade you shouldn't need a recess. Over all the atmosphere was great and the kids were under control. All of the teachers I had were very nice and so were most of the children.


Posted October 21, 2011

Southwest Elementary is the worst school my children have ever attended. The teachers are only concerned with teaching what the kids need to know to pass FCAT. After all, that is where the funding comes from. They have no recess for children and limited social time to interact with other children. They are only allowed to talk, even at lunch, if ALL of the kids at their table have finished eating. The secretary is rude. There is barely any homework. They only send home the exact same math fact sheet so eventually the kids memorize the answers rather than learning them...all because they have to pass the FCAT. They do not teach there. They only prepare them for the "big FCAT exam". Also, they instill fear in them at age 8 so they will surely pass. My son is an emotional wreck after 2 weeks of school because his teacher said if they don't pass the FCAT they don't move on to the next grade and they cannot have recess because they have to study for FCAT. I am pulling my 3 children from that school to home school. The school went from a C rating to an A. Please understand the increase of rating was because of the students success on FCAT, NOT THE TEACHERS success in teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

My Kids have been going to Southwest Elementary for four years. I think the A rating says it all. But if that isn't enough the principal is awesome and the teachers are great. The school provided extra in school help to ensure that my slow learner was able to pass. My other child received testing to determine qualification for advanced learning. So the school serves a wide variety of needs. There is an after school care program for working parents. The cafeteria is clean and the food is great. The office and support staff is phenomenal. I m concerned that I be able to find a middle school as good. However, if pressed for a negative, the school doesn t have enough extracurricular clubs. But bottom line is I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

My children have gone to SWE for 5 years. My husband and I loved this school when our children first started attending, but the atmosphere has changed over the last couple of years. We loved the principal, but her attitude has changed. This school has gone from a very warm family feeling to cold. They have forgotten that these are children that still need to have fun. There is no time for fun hands on learning and field trips anymore. The teachers are forced to treat our children like robots and all for the almighty FCAT and SAT10. My children used to be viewed as precious little people, now it seems that they have been reduced to nothing but numbers. I'm just glad that the teachers haven't given up hope yet. They are still the most loving and nuturing group I have ever met, and our family loves SWE's teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

I love this school. The teachers are one of a kind, and work very well with my child and others. They go further than any I've come to know over the years. The academics are wonderful, and the extracurricular are great also. I reccomend this school 100%!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 58% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%
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 61% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%
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 81% in 2012.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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

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 47% 42%
Hispanic 24% 29%
Black 20% 23%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%66%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Michelle Townley
Fax number
  • (863) 499-2943

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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2650 Southwest Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
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