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Lawrence Southwest Middle School

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Posted December 11, 2010

Both of my kids went to Southwest Junior High. It is an exemplary public school.


Posted January 6, 2009

Great school. I went there for three years and I was pleased with the facility, academics, athletics and teachers in the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2008

There are 4 junior high schools in Lawrence, and Southwest is the best. At first glance, the school may seem large and impersonal. But step inside and you find the students come first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

2005 makes the eighth continuous year our children attended Southwest. This is a superb experience! Our three sons continue to excel in life largely due to the wonderful teaching & curriculum they've experienced at this school. The reading & math programs combine to set an unparalleled standard throughout the region. Now that our youngest is nearly finished with ninth grade, we will miss this extraordinary school. Socially, athletically, and academically, Southwest turns out budding sophomores truly ready to tackle anything High School may offer. SWJHS 'graduates' emerge both confident & competent in the three R's, the arts, and social skills. Free State High School also proves quite impressive (especially in their science & music programs). The other neat thing about SW is how the students feed into both local high schools. This ensures true & lasting friendships across otherwise SACRED boundaries! If you have any questions feel free to use the email address provided.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 83% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2012.

208 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2012.

207 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
90%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 78% in 2012.

206 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2009.

222 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities71%
Proficient in English83%

Reading

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities71%
Proficient in English83%

U.S. History and Government

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander94%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities59%
Proficient in English78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanic78%
Multi-ethnic92%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities63%
Proficient in English63%

Reading

All Students97%
African Americann/a
Hispanic95%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander92%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities96%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanic83%
Multi-ethnic100%
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities93%
Proficient in English75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
African Americann/a
Hispanic84%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities69%
Proficient in English78%

Reading

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities76%
Proficient in English78%

U.S. History and Government

All Students95%
African Americann/a
Hispanic92%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities83%
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 67%
Hispanic 8% 17%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2511 Inverness Dr
Lawrence, KS 66047
Phone: (785) 832-5550

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