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Southwest Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 734 students

 

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Posted February 6, 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.


Posted 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)


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 3, 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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 former student


Posted January 4, 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


Posted July 13, 2004

The teachers don t do there jobs and are lazy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 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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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 92% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 96% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 93% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 95% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 85% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 97% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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95%

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98%

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91%
Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 78% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 82% in 2012.

242 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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78%

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About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

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Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

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The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 37%
White 24% 44%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Kimsherion Reid
Fax number
  • (912) 961-3548

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
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6030 Ogeechee Rd
Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: (912) 395-3540

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