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Southwest Elementary

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Posted April 3, 2014

I also have a kindergartner in the Spanish immersion program. He has loved the program and the school and has made amazing academic progress in an environment that feels structured, secure, and supportive. He loves his friends and teachers and it is rewarding to see him happily running into school in the mornings, excited for another day....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

My son is in Kindergarten in the Spanish Immersion program. He loves his teacher and is enjoying school. The before school care is good - he loves the breakfast - and the Piedmont Wildlife Program is a real bonus. Loves the Specials of Science and dance and I haven't had any safety concerns for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

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!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 16, 2009

Southwest has an excellent and devoted staff. All of my 5 children have been students there and I am truly pleased with their progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

Very friendly and professional staff. My kids love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
68%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students46%
Female36%
Male55%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities33%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female40%
Male31%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students38%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students39%
Female30%
Male46%
Black25%
Asian70%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students40%
Female39%
Male41%
Black27%
Asian70%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities17%
Non-disabled students45%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students50%
Female48%
Male53%
Black34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities24%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiency40%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female52%
Male42%
Black39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students57%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students43%
Female41%
Male45%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiency20%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 56% 26%
Hispanic 18% 14%
White 15% 52%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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