Mrs. Beck is my daughter's Kindergarten teacher and she is very kind. She is helpful and honest and the kids all love her. My daughter complains that she misses Mrs. Beck during breaks. She is very easy to discuss issues with and she is very effective with her students. She involves her students in many different activities and includes parents the majority of time. She is very good with working with parents and children who have odd "different" situations at home (divorce, weird custody arrangements). She has instilled a love for reading in my 6 year old. She had her reading 2 weeks into her school career at the age of 5 and actively explaining things to me that I as an adult didn't even understand!! She is WONDERFUL!!
I have had children attend Southwest and another elementary school in Greenwood that is usually looked upon more favorably for it has children from more affluent neighborhoods attending it. Our experience was better at Southwest. The focus is on the children and their education more than fundraisers,. status, and expensive field trips that do not have much academic value. The staff is very caring and you can tell there is strong leadership and structure. All children and all families are treated the same by staff and PTO members. At the other school, it felt like you had to be part of a popular family or a stay-at-home mom to be in with the PTO.
Also, I was very impressed with the inclusive nature. At school functions, you always saw typically-developed children interacting with - on their own! - the special needs students. If I were to recommend a school to someone moving into Greenwood's district, I would recommend Southwest.
This school has wonderful academic programs.The teachers are very caring and inspirational to the children, and the principal is very pro-active and motivational, as well as being interested with parent concerns.There are monthly PTO meetings and parents who voluteer to help teachers on a daily basis.Great educational field trips are taken by all grades, and parents are always welcome to chaperone. A great school for a child to attend, for social and educational growth.As well as teachers who give individual attention to each childs needs.