Students enrolled 1441
School leader MS. MAGDA R PEREIRA
Transportation options Yes
District Dade County School District

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16301 Southwest 80th Avenue
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

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(305) 251-5361
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4 stars
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November 25, 2013
Southwood is a Great school. It has great teachers. it also great kids and it also has great parents!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Our children's middle school is SOUTHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, in Palmetto Bay, FL. From our oldest to our youngest, we've been attending Southwood over the past five years. We like Southwood and havn't had any negative experiences with the students, teachers or administration. There's a lot of parental involvement and the teachers are always appreciative when a parent is able to volunteer for the events they do. Southwood is unique in that, it's a community school as well as a magnet school. We've only been involved in the magnets, more specifically the art and music magnets. The Music magnet is like no other. Speaking only from our experience, the Symphonic & Jazz bands under the direction of Ms. Calle are incredible & always bring home superior ratings at competition. Her students quickly learn to listen, give her & each other respect. Our daughter was in Art, with Ms. McKinley & Ms.Berse. She now attends Coral Reef High School's Art magnet- need I say more? Our youngest started this year in orchestra under the direction of Ms.Burris & has learned so much in the 2 short months he's been in school! If you need a different school, you've got my vote for Southwood. R. Adams, Cutler Bay

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
I've been to this school, and I only have GREAT things to say about it. I transferred , and I loved it. The teachers are more than helpful but amazing! The staff members are super sweet and custodians are constantly doing their job. Unlike other schools in the area, Southwood's facility is extremely clean. Trust me, I've been to 4 middle schools, and I can tell you it has been the cleaniest so far. Yes, the bathrooms might be a little stinky at times, but that's EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL GUYS!!! If you are an incoming 6th grader, I would suggest though that you really choose your magnet strand wisely. You can switch it after the school years over, but if I were you I would choose one in the beginning that will suit you best. The best strands, in my opinion, are drama, dance, photography, and art . Not many people in these strands switch out to another strand. If you like to play an instrument and sing Italian arias though, you should go into chorus and orchestra and band. Lastly, Southwood is home of the superstars. Who can resist being a superstar:)

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
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- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2012
My son just finished his first year at Southwood, and he had a fabulous experience. The band program is top notch, and all his teachers were excellent. I felt that the administrators quickly and appropriately dealt with any issues that occurred in the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
Today, approximately 60 students were left behind for a field trip because there were not enough buses. GOOD PLANNING !

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
My 13 y/o child attends Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay. At present, she has a valid I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan) calling for services in Language Arts, Math and Science for her Specific Learning Disability. I discovered during this evenings open house that Southwood Middle opted to placed my daughter in a combined class with 7th and 8th graders, classes that would clearly under normal circumstances be following different curriculums. Each class has from 19-23 students, very large by ESE standards considering my daughter IEP calls for smaller class size. Southwood is asking teachers to do the impossible, teach a large classroom full of children with varying learning disabilities, from two different books, two different curriculums, in the same short period. Another important issue is that 12 and 13 year old girls are sitting in the same class with 8th grade boys, in some cases as old as 14 or 15.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
I went to southwood in 6-7 grade, unfortunately, i had to move out. There is a Lot of people complaining about this school, but as a student, i know what Southwood really is like. #1: Teachers DO care. There could be 1 in 20 teachers that doesnt, but C'mon, every school has that! #2: Lunch is not that bad! #3: IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED AND TELL THE PRINCIPAL, OR A COUNSELOUR,THEY *WILL* DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, believe me, i went through that. #4: There is NO alcohol, and there are NO drugs! some kids were smoking outside, and they got EXPELLED, so dont u dare saying the staff does nothing about it. The magnet program is awesome! It is challenging, and the teachers are respectful and nice!!! Only one thing i can complain about, the grossness of the girls bathroom it IS nasty!

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2010
My child will be entering Southwood Middle School 2010-2011 yr. I have been aquainting myself with the schools administration for registration, class selections etc. for my childs enrollment purposes. The office staff has been considerate, friendly and thoroughly helpful. A schools management is easily revealed by the courtesy and attention a person is given. Southwoods office staff has proved hospitable in every inquiry I have requested with enormous cooperation. I am excited to meet the teachers, I am sure they will be as equally superb.

- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2010
My son loves this school; The band arts program gets a 10 in my book.. My Son will be an 8th grage this year... absolutely excellent school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2010
My son was not happy at Southwood at all. I had to remove him from Southwood due to the non stop bullying that the administration did nothing about. He came home just about everyday complaining about the drugs, alcohol, and violence. He said he's seen kids bring alcohol to school, and he's seen kids smoking on school grounds. I just didn't feel like Southwood was a safe environment for my son to be in, and I didn't want my son to be the next victim on the news so when I saw nothing was being done about the bullying I removed him. I'm not going to talk bad about the academic system because academically the school is phenomenal, but how can a student learn at his or her full potential when he or she is surrounded by so many negative things that the school does nothing about.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
SWMS's magnet strand is a great way for children to achive there goals. Teachers there are great, caring, and pushing.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2009
I am a 6th grader at Southwood Middle and I attend the Art Magnet program. I have to say that this school is phenomenal. the teachers are caring and really try to boost up your grades. Most teachers give extra credit to anyone who requests it at the end of the grading period. I also think that letting us dress how they want really helps us express our creativity with the exception of baggy jeans down to knees and what not. So once again... i love Southwood!!

- submitted by a student
August 24, 2008
My son is new to the school this year, but so far I can not say anything negative about the school. I am happy that he is excited and feels comfortable with the teachers and school.

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August 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
I went to southwood grades 6-8. I have to say that the magnet program is a waste of your time. I was a dance student, and in the dance magnet we did nothing every single day. The dance teachers just sat on the computer emailing, while you did nothing. All the magnet strands were like this. I was in the gifted strand and the academics were very challenging, i learned a lot from 3/4 teachers. But every school has one teacher who does nothing. Now my younger sister is going to middle school and I wouldn't want her to go hear.

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July 21, 2008
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July 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 15, 2008
Some of the teachers have fallen into a rut, and need to retire. They don't care about the kids. Thank God administration still cares and will work with the parent when the teachers won't.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
I went to southwood for a while now and all i have to say is that its the WORSE SCHOOL IN THE STATE. These teachers don't help you, the bullying problems are getting worse and worse, and the lunch is so nasty i'd rather eat a dirty gym sock.

- submitted by a community member
no rating January 13, 2008
Southwood Middle School is a wonderful place full of extremely gifted children, wonderful teachers, and a great administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
This school is amazing! I just came here and I love it!

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2007
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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2007
Southwood is a great school, But My daughter comes home every talking about lunch in school she saids the food is so terrible that she's paying for nothing, that school needs big time improvement in lunch......

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September 26, 2007
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August 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
This school is amazing to say the least. The gifted program has amazing teachers. Also, the magnets are great as well. Especially the dance program. The kids are great, there aren't any bullies or anything. Parents are involved for everything. We are an A school and have been for a while.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2007
My daughter is in the gifted program, but also has a mild learning disability. We've been really happy with the gifted teachers. The curriculum is top-notch and much harder than I remember from my own school years. But basically, it is going as well as I'd expect from middle school. One reviewer said the school is not safe. I attended Southwood almost 30 years ago, and the student body is very similar to back then -- which is to say that a few middle school kids occasionally fight or get in trouble, but the majority of the kids are great. That's just middle school. I feel happy sending my daughter there.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
Wow, Sounds like Our children attend two different schools. I know the school is not perfect,nothing is. but it is sad that you are labeling a whole building full of people. I have been at this school for many years and have always been able to get help with any concern. I also have some teachers that are better than others on my childs team. I hope you can finish out this year better than you feel now.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
In my opinion this school is pathetic and full of incompetent staff that give the Florida school system, especially Miami-Dade, a bad reputation. My experience has been horrific and I cannot even mention what my children have experienced. They are literally afraid to go to the school I feel sorry for the children of the school. I welcome any discussions to relate my experiences in detail and even listen to any positives.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2006
I am in the 7th grade this year in the choir magnet the choir teacher is great she and over prepare us for fieldtrip and contest and competiton. That is a good thing !The only thing i dont like is lunch. I recomend the club dfyit it a great club I recommend southwood to all 5th grader because it a great school

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2006
My child attended this school and was in gifted classes--thank God--otherwise she would have been in the average population which seemed kid of rough. The school is overcrowded. The building is like a fallout shelter- no windows, cramped classrooms. The bathrooms were always filthy. The cafeteria is a joke. It cant handle the colume of kids, so everyday the kids are rushed thru eating, so they can go outside to the 'spillout' area. They often ran out of most choices of food by the time my daughter had lunch. The traffic problems at this school are horrendous-beware! An average middle school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
My daughter is graduating 8th grade after attending Southwood Photography Magnet for the past three years. The photography teacher is extremely dedicated and knowledgeable and strives to help the students excel. The academic curriculum is challenging and does a very good job prepaing the students for High School. There is an active group of parents in the PTSA. Each magnet provides activities available for participation: photography field trips, drama plays, band competitions etc. We have been more than satisfied with Southwood.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
This is my daughters first year at Southwood Middle School. She is in the full time gifted program and the drama magnet. The gifted program has provided her with creative projects and great teachers. The drama magnet provides her with an opportunity to learn about the arts and take part in performances throughout the year.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Southwood middle school is a awsome school.It has a great magnet program,including band,keybord,drama,photography,orcestra,chorus,and much more.It has many great teachers.I will recomend you this school.

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August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
My son is doing great at this school. The Magnet Arts program is excellent it keeps the children motivated and busy. Academically it is high. Parents are very much involve.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
I sent my children to Southwood Middle School directly after private school. We were pleased with the level of education received and the quality of the teachers. We also were greatly pleased with the availablility of extracurricular programs available in music. My children were able to join the band and chorus and have many memorable experiences from their music organizations. My only problem with the school was the facilities themselves. My children once commented it felt like a jail! On the other hand, this can provide a high level of safety in such a big city. I would recommend this school to other parents with children coming out of private schools.

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June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Southwood has an outstanding 'gifted program' and excellent teachers as well as an amazing principal. The creativity is respected as all the magnet programs are well above average. The classes are too large, but an exceptional student wil still excell but I do agree a smaller teacher to student ratio is always preferable.Parents are always invited to participate.

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April 14, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 15, 2004
This school provides a wonderful learing experience for the whole child.

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May 03, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2004
My child is in 7th grade this year. She seems to be learning a lot, however 4 out of the 4 teachers teaching her academic subjects, are not certified in that area of teaching. They are teaching out of their area of expertise. She is in honors classes and for the most part separated from the general population of the school, otherwise I would not send her there due to safety issues. The district buses in children from a 'not good' neighborhood to mix with children from upper-middle class families, and the results are challenging.

- submitted by a parent
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Southwood Middle School
16301 Southwest 80th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL  33157
(305) 251-5361
Last modified Southwood Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southwood Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top