Students enrolled 445
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School leader Mr Matthew Dixson
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District Forsyth County Schools
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4 stars
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March 03, 2014
The BEST kindergarten teachers are at Southwest. I used to teach first-grade and students that didn't go to kindergarten at Southwest stood out- and not in a good way. My daughter had the best experience in kindergarten with an amazing teacher. Her first and second grade teacher (same teacher for both) was/ is a perfect match for her. There has never been ONE day she has complained and not wanted to go to school. The administrators know and love every child. The students come first at Southwest. That's the way it should be. I look forward to three more amazing years for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
We moved to the area last year and searched and visited several schools. When we walked into Southwest, we knew it was the right place. The staff was friendly, the kids were all well behaved. We toured many schools in the area and Southwest was BY FAR the best. It's an older building...but the people IN the building are the best by far. I HIGHLY recommend Southwest.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2013
I moved here 3 years ago and my oldest son has been going to Southwest for 2 years now. My son had the best teacher his first year there (3rd grade). She still helps my son even though he isn't in her class anymore. NOT this year, my sons teacher does not like him. She sends him to the office for tiny things and he will spend all day there. While missing important lessons in class. She drops a whole grade level for missing a period, or not capitalizing one word. Hes in 4th grade. It's ridiculous. There is no communication between her and I. And the administration takes her side every time without even knowing whats going on. There have been little comments about ADHD meds. My son does NOT need medicine. We have never had any complaints from his teacher until this year. And that's all she does is complain and make my son feel like an outcast. I cant say enough good things about some of the teachers at Southwest, but the one my son has is not suited to teach. She cant make any kind of connection with the kids. I really wish I could post the names of the excellent teachers we have found. They really deserve to have their names shouted from the rooftops.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
We were satisfied with the school prior to the 2011-2012 school year. However, with the change in administration this year, we LOVE Southwest! We couldn't be happier with our children's progress this year, and the teachers they've had this year are phenomenal and really care about them. The staff and PTA work incredibly hard to promote a positive atmosphere for the kids, and they've succeeded in producing a fabulous year for the students.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
This is a great school! My child is in the fourth grade now. She started in the second grade. The number of students this year is much lower due to the new school opening. This change has been great. Since this school used to be a high school, there is a great auditorium and lockers for the children. The administration changed this year and is GREAT!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
hi it's Casey Griffith, i used to go here. i now go to Morgan Elementary, but i want to say i miss the school. thanks. love, Casey

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2010
Great school. The teacher and staff REALLY care!! We could not ask for a better learning experience for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
This school works very hard with my daughter. They give her courage to accompished her school work.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
Very disappointed with this school. As I have walked my child down hallways all I can hear is teachers screaming at children to be quiet. The teacher's and principals cleary beat to their own drum with no regard to parents & their children. Am looking for a different school as we speak.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
This is the BEST public school I have ever seen. Each student is part of the family. The school has a strong sense of community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Southwest Elementary has incredible teachers!!

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September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2009
I read the reviews regarding SW Elementary and was very surprised to see the negative comments regarding this school. In my many years of experience, this school has been excellent. When my son went from Southwest to the middle school, I was shocked about the lack of communication. The teachers care about the students. We have two more years at Southwest and have high expectations for their continued success and my child's success. I just want to share one story about my son's third grade teacher. The students wrote a letter to themselves. In the letter, they were to discuss their friends, their likes and dislikes, etc. At the beginning of his senior year, he received a letter, the letter that he had written when he was in third grade. That is the kind of commitment all of the teachers have at SW.

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no rating August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2009
We have had a great experience with Southwest,except for one teacher, who is luckily no longer in the classroom setting. The teachers do a great job with communicating with the parents, via email and notes home. The 3rd/4th grade AG teacher is excellent and our child is motivated everyday to go to school. I would encourage all parents to take responsibility and not always 'wait' for the teacher to initiate the communication, but to be involved in their child's learning. Use online resources to know what is expected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
I have had a daughter to go this school, who is now at Medolark, but I really love this school. The teachers are very good, and into the kids work. They respond immediately. This school rocks!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
My son has been at Southwest for 3 years and we have had very positive experiences. He has had wonderful teachers from Kindergarten on up. The specials teachers are also wonderful dedicated professions. This is a great school and I believe the new principal will help make it even greater.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
Outstanding teachers and staff. A real treat to find this many dedicated professionals.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2007
My daughter , molly miller , gets excellent grades there and comes home everyday smiling i highly recomend it for every child !

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
I would not recommend this school at all. The teachers are incredibly disrespectful to the students and also the parents who dare to question their teaching methods. The staff is very lax about communication and getting back to parents with concerns.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
We moved to the area last year and enrolled our children at the school not having any previous information. I was slightly disturbed by the lack of communication between the staff and the parents. We came from a school where communication with parents was vital. This school does not have scheduled parent teacher conferences and you have to make special arrangements to meet with the teachers. Seems the school could be a little more proactive especially with children that may be lagging behind in specific areas like our child was. The teachers are required to teach all children the same way and there is no room for a student that is not learning the same way. The'tutoring' for the EOG is a joke!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
My daughter has been at SouthWesst Elementary since the 2nd grade. She was previously at a school where they were truly treated like little soldiers and could not speak and had to walk with their fingers on their lips and hands on their hips. I have found that Southwest is very refreshing and my daughter has loved it there. My youngest daughter is getting ready to start Kindergarten this year and I have no doubts about sending her there as well. I did have a problem with a teacher and my daughter last year and called the principal. She called me back very promptly and scheduled a confereance with both of my daughters teachers, the principal and vp. I was very pleased with the outcome.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
Think twice before enrolling your child at Southwest! My child has been there two years and the communication between The principal, the Guidance Counselor and the teachers (the ones my child has had) are terrible. They don't return calls or emails. I plan to move my child this upcoming school year!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
This is our first year with Southwest and the experience has not been positive. The teacher(s) who my son are involved with treat him like an outcast. He never missed at his previous school, but finds 'sick symptoms' to avoid going to school. The no bullying policy is a joke. I just wish the administration would take a closer look at (some of) the teachers and their teaching methods. I did not know yelling at kids and punishing them if they spoke to an adult was a teaching method.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
Well, with my first child, I thought SW was awesome but little by little, I was seeing things. Children are not allowed to act like children. They are little soldiers. Not allowed to speak hardly at all. God forbid if they smile. Teachers yelling at the students like they are a puppy who just peed on the carpet. Don't get me wrong, some teachers are awesome there. But all together, you better hope your child fits the cookie-cutter mold they have for students, or you will be pressured to put your kid on meds for ADD or ADHD. They will NOT work with any child that has any type of disability that they themselves know nothing about. They will just suspend or ISS your child to get them out of your hair. Many left because of these reasons. If you have a child that is 'unique' forget it here.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
Southwest is great! I have 2 children at southwest & can think of nothing negative to say. Their teachers have been wonderful & willing to go the extra mile for the kids and the principal is very attentive & aware of what is going on in the classrooms. I think southwest gives kids and parents every opportunity for success. I would highly recommend it to anyone comparing schools. Your children will be educated & loved at southwest!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
Think twice about sending your child to Southwest Elem School. The parents that are educated and have the financial resources have pulled their kids out of this school and put them in private schools. The principal, takes her sweet time (months) before getting back to you. If your child is determined to be gifted, it does not matter, she is not going to let them advance beyond the grade that they are supposed to be in. If your child can not sit in a chair for 8 hours straight, she and the SAT board (which does not follow Forsyth County's rules)is going to suggest a drug for ADHD or throw your 5 year old in-school detention. The test scores are high, but the kids are coached for 6 months on how to take them!

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2003
My motto is . . . 'I could do a commercial for this school!' Strengths of Southwest are: exemplary leadership; unity of the faculty; their unique ability to invest in the family, not just the student; quality teachers who personally invest in your child; the school's love for parents; their excellence in academics; their goal to nurture responsiblity and accountability in each child. Southwest is the best!

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1631 Southwest School Road
Clemmons, NC 27012

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Southwest Elementary
1631 Southwest School Road, Clemmons, NC  27012
(336) 712-4422
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Southwest Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews.