My son recently started Kindergarten in the Spanish immersion class. The transition has been painless. He loves his teacher and enjoys going to school. He has been enjoying dancing with the Fra for Phys Ed, too. Warm welcoming environment with a dedicated PTA that has lots of teacher support. And he is learning ... A lot ... Quickly.
My son started kindergarten in the fall of 2012 at Southwest. We were excited to attend as we could walk to school and had really liked the administration when we toured the prior spring. Our experience, though, was terrible and led us to withdraw our son in October and transfer him to another school for the remainder of the school year. His teacher was very punitive and yelled a lot and my son came to hate going to school (despite the fact that he always earned good behavior marks). I spoke with administration and learned from several people that this particular teacher had a long reputation of this behavior. We were unimpressed with the atmosphere in the school and the principal's lack of follow-up in our situation and decided to apply to transfer to a different school in the county for first grade. We were very disappointed that Southwest couldn't deliver, as both my husband and I grew up in Durham and Southwest used to be a much more respected school.
Love Southwest! It is a great community, one where I both teach and send my own children. Southwest is diverse and seeks to work with families of all backgrounds, races, and cultures. Our staff is dedicated to nurturing and challenging all children. My son has had a terrific experience so far and I'm looking forward to my little one being in Kindergarten!
Southwest has an excellent and devoted staff. All of my 5 children have been students there and I am truly pleased with their progress.
Southwest have some outstanding teachers/staff. My grand kids are so highly motivated to go to school everyday. It is great to find so many dedicated professionals at Southwest Elementary School.
I am very pleased with Southwest.You would be amazed at the teachers passion.It is very clean,and lots of color to make the atmosphere fun.
I can't imagine a better elementary school than Southwest. From the principal, staff,teachers and PTA president you are keep inform and there are plenty of activities that you can be involved. The atmosphere is one of learning.
The Dual Language program at Southwest is great! My child is learning so much Spanish, while still learning all her regular materials in English. Also, the school has great activities such as International Night, the Fall Festival, the book fairs, etc. I love that the older girls are able to participate in Girls on the Run and that all grades can enter the science fair.
We've been very pleased with this school. The teachers are dedicated, the hallways and classrooms are alive with activity and color, and, most importantly, students are learning. Southwest is one of Durham's hidden gems!
I have had two children to attend and have been very successful. I recommend this school to anyone that has a love for academic greatness.
This is our third year at Southwest and for the first time I realize how grat we had it the first two years. Right now its early in the year, but I have serious concerns with the teachers philosophy and the level of education being offered.
My sons started attending this school four years ago. I am not pleased with the racial makeup of the classes (90% African American classes, 90% White classes). I chose this school for the ethnic diversity and higher test scores. At first, I did not see this type of discrimination. I am wondering why this has not been an issue since the school has a large student population. The school has a new principal and it has become more apparent that she lacks leadership skills. I have talked with other parents who are not satisfied with what is going on with the school. Some third grade classes do not go to lunch until 2:00pm. School dismisses at 3:20pm. There is no excuse for this. This is the better elementary school in the system so I have no choice but to supplement my children's education with outside resources.
I have really enjoyed this school. My twins have been here since K-5 and I have had nothing but great things from this school. Parent involvement is great and the PTA makes a great difference.
My son just completed his first year at Southwest. He had a great kindergarten teacher whose main focus was teaching reading skills. By the end of the year my son read at a 3rd grade level. All of the teachers are generally friendly and I haven't had any problems with staff. There are many fundraisers and activities although getting parent participation can be difficult. I wouldn't want to be at any other school in this district. After lots of research this was the best public school in the area.
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