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6-8
Public district
Savannah, GA
Students enrolled: 1,066
 

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6030 Ogeechee Rd
Savannah, GA 31419

(912) 395-3540
(912) 961-3548
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July 03, 2015
This used to be a very good school in 2006 when we bought our home here (8 or 9 out 10 on greatschools.org). Around 2008 a new, ineffective principal replaced Ms. Ball-Oliver, and superintendent Lackamy redrew school district lines in Savannah. Since then, there have been mass fights in the halls, and the school has dramatically declined. I wouldn't send my child here or any public school in the Savannah district if I could afford it. The cycle of poverty model and lack of emphasis on education by some families in this area is evident. The school needs to make this a safe place for children to learn again. I truly feel bad for the teachers, students and parents who have to put up with the few out of control students and their parents that are not held accountable. Teachers are constantly spending more time trying to maintain order in their classrooms than teaching, and they receive little help from the administration or the parents of those students. The students who are negatively impacting the learning environment need harsher consequences from the school administration (such as more out of school suspension) that places a heavier burden on their parents to encourage them to do something about the problem. Remove the students causing problems and get this school back on track. Sadly, as bad as it is, this is an average school for the Savannah District.

- submitted by a community member

February 06, 2014
This school is the worst school I have ever experienced in my entire life. The teachers don't care about the students and after two weeks we had to take him back out because his grade in all subjects dropped to almost failing. He now lives with us ,so he could go back to his old school. He was in band , the never played an instrument , they just did theory, as were in his old school he already had a christmas concert. The teacher had told him to bring his instrument to show the other students that he can play. I am asking myself what kind of teaching curriculum they have over there, I thought all the public schools in georgia have the same curriculum . II thought being a teacher is something to be proud of , but I guess at southwest Middle school all they care about is having a paycheck.

- submitted by a community member

January 20, 2014
This school is absolutely atrocious. I just moved here and I'm a student in seventh grade, and I dislike this school so much. I've joined the student council expecting to do great things for the school but nothing ever happens in the meetings. I also met all the requirements for the honor roll, but was never invited to the awards ceremony. That's the other thing; all the assemblies or awards ceremonies are always disorganized. Always my teacher favors this one girl, who never does that great of a job when it comes to projects, because she brings her markers and tissues and food! The connections classes are horrible. In technology the teacher never taught anything and expected the class to just read from the book. My grade in that class ruined my average on my report card. I just can't wait to move again or switch schools, because I feel like this school is lowering my intelligence and making me feel more pressured. The worst school I have EVER attended. Try not to move into this area or if you do apply to another school. (Chatham County is chose school meaning you can choose which school you want to go to)

- submitted by a community member

October 30, 2013
Can't get anyone to call me back and my daughter was a b student last year at her old school now she is failing two classes and never has homework. They don't keep you in the loop as far as what your children are doing in class.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2013
THIS SCHOOL STINKS TEACHER S ARE RUDE AND GOT THE NERD TO SAY HAVEN STINKS I WOULD HAVE NEVER WENT TO THIS SCHOOL IF MY MOM DIDNT MAKE ME

- submitted by a community member

April 05, 2013
let me tell you.......the counceler sucks she sits there all day long and don't return phone calls.my child wanted to get out of pe because she already did and it took forever guess where she is now. pe still after 3 weeks she said something. i am uncofterble that someones stares at her when she is in the locker room the teachers are the ones that does it. also that school is unsanitary they were termights in the hummanities classroom and eww not rigt flying all around them.hair always in the food.not a good school stem academy here we come

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2013
DO NOT send your child to this school... I had recently moved to this area, my son (7th) grade came from A honor roll. After 2 months in this school his grades went to 30's. The teacher would not issue his book during class for homework, so he couldn't complete it, this went on for over a week. He was the only white kid in his class, which is a lot of pressure for any ethnic background coming to a new school. I have had to have a conference with the principal to get the book and his student id issued. The counselor is a major joke, would never return any calls, had to call dept. of Education to actually get her to do what she was supposed to do. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT moving into this school disctric, middle OR elementary. I don't know what kind of circus they are running at the school, but between terrible, unprofessional administration all the way around, the student bullying that is overlooked, and just the filthyness of the school in general is ridiculous and it infuriates me that our tax money is running this circus.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2012
There is no feedback from the teachers. The kids are not allowed to bring their texbooks home and no other resource was give to us. My daughter struggles every night doing her homework and searches the net to answer her questions. This is just the worst school she has ever attended.

- submitted by a parent

January 08, 2012
Unsure of why my previous review is not posted here so I'll make it short..take it from Me a Parent that had 2 Children attend this school in 2008, this is without a doubt the worst middle school in Savannah Georgia. I have seen Children break down in tears when they think that they will be attending this school. The teachers are horrible..

- submitted by a parent
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May 11, 2010
To much of D.R.A.M.A and I am just in the sixth grade.But the teachers are great teachers 4 the most part! *Silver eagles all the way*

- submitted by a student

March 19, 2010
My child has experienced some good and bad things from SWMS. Some of the teachers may be supportive, but he met one that was very cruel and lazy. She would always be behind her desk eating something. One of my child's friends found 8 fruit cups in one of her drawers! Attending this school a second year, he has had some problems with the lunch that the school provides. Once, a classmate of his found 2 cockroaches in her lunch. She threw up and had to go home early that day. Also there is lack of communication between the parents and teachers.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2008
I am a student at southwest middle its my 2nd week here it has been great so far the teachers are great but one is grochy .Its fun being on the silver eagles team.

- submitted by a student

July 03, 2008
Southwest is a good school. I am a student and I was voted to be apart of Student Council. Mr. Cunningham was the advisor and he really showed us different facts about students and how they can make a difference in school. He started the school store and that was successful, the students never stopped having enough school supplies. I enjoyed my three years at Southwest, I am now going to high school. I am going to miss Southwest and the teachers, especially Mrs. Benjamin, Mrs. Cato, Mrs. Hughes-Terry, Mrs. Garvin, and Mr. Cunningham

- submitted by a parent

February 01, 2008
Southwest has really gone down hill in the past couple of years. There is lack of communication from teachers to the parents. Most teachers seem to not care about helping my child when needed, with the exception of Mrs. Burton who is a very good and caring teacher. I was most disappointed when the school holds dances during school hours and makes students attend that do not wish to and that they would play music that contains crude lyrics!

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2006
Southwest Middle School is a great school. This school made AYP, the 8th graders scored the highest in the district on the writing test and made significant gains on the CRCT at all grades levels. They also won the championship for middle schools in basketball. 'WAY TO GO SOUTHWEST EAGLES' How can I forget the capable and knowledgeable principal Mrs. Bernedette Ball-Oliver. She had high expectations for students and student learning. Thank you Mrs. Oliver for a job well done.

- submitted by a parent

November 14, 2005
I am a student at SWMS for 6th (sea eagles) and 7th(crowned eagles) and I think that it is a wonderful school.The principal is great also and so is Officer Ware. The teachers are great too.But the schools after school activitys could be better but for every thing else it's great.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2005
My son attends SWMS and he enjoys every day there. His is in advanced classes and his teachers are wonderful. Not all teachers hand out worksheets as their method of instruction. I have noticed, though, that the level of parent involvement is low. Overall I feel that this is a wonderful school and I hope to be in Savannah long enough to have my youngest son attend SWMS.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2005
Good school. My child is in the SEARCH/Gifted program. Teachers are wonderful. I chose to send her here over a magnet academy. Principle is outstanding. She runs a tight ship. Which is important in middle school.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2005
I am not a parent I am a proud former student at SouthWest middle school. I was there for sixth grade for the 2002-2003 school year, and was currently enrolled in Mr. Shippy's homeroom. I've been to a lot of schools in my life, but being a SouthWest middle school Golden Eagle was home to me. I had alot of fun and my teachers were the best teachers I've ever had, especially Mr. Shippy! I love SouthWest middle school and I hope it stands proud for many, many, more years. Sincerly, Thomas Dalton Holley

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2005
The quality of the academeics here at SWMiddle is below average. This is my son's first year at SW Middle. He is in the 6th grade and he will not return for the '05-'06 school year. My son receives special education services but his support teacher is not qualified to give him the support he requires or deserves in the school. There are extracurricular activites available and I have been pleased by those only. I am not sure about the parent involvement but I can say that I am at SW Middle talking to anyone that will isten from the assistant prinicples to the the counselors and teachers. I am still very dissatisfied! The entire school needs to be treated like a computer with a virus. Shut it down and put in the rescue disk, quick!

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2004
The teachers don t do there jobs and are lazy

- submitted by a parent

May 09, 2003
My son went to this school from 1999-2002. sixth grade wasn't too bad but 7th was just terrible. The methods of teaching were not preferred by the students or the parents, and they could not keep teachers. My son had 13 teachers for Science in one 9 week period and his grades because of it were horrible. the other classes had trouble keeping teachers also but not as bad at the one class. The 2001/2002 year I believe was the year a new principle and staff were added. There was little or no difference. The teachers don't teach, they just hand out worksheets and tell the kids to complete them. Well.overall I rate this school a 3 out of 5. Also nothing good to say about Laidlaw Bus transportation. My daughter is going into middle school next year and I will not let her go there. she is going to a Prep Academy where she will get the education she deserves.

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Southwest Middle School
6030 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, GA  31419
(912) 395-3540
Last modified Southwest Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southwest Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top