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2601 Burgaw Highway
Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 347-0900
(910) 347-0909
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April 15, 2015
I use to like this school until I met the school principal Gail Normally. .Shes is the worst, she's rude and has a very smart mouth.She's not about "no child left behind".She's about leaving a child behind by suspending them.The school would much better off without her.I wish I would've listened to others that told me about this school when i enrolled them.She needs to be replaced she's to old anyways.

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July 23, 2014
Overall, this is a great school. My children attended from K through second grade. One had a GREAT teacher in the inclusion classroom, the other was in regular education Kindergarten and did not learn much at all (most was just a review of pre K), first grade, one got a terrific teacher and one got a very disorganized weak teacher (weak in her instructional methods and her control of the classroom), the third grade teachers were great- no complaints, they followed the new Common Core Curriculum to a T. The best part about the school is the Autism classroom. Great teacher who genuinely cares about her students and is totally committed to their success. She is experienced and skilled in how to manage the special needs of students diagnosed with autism. The principal does not seem to support her teachers as much as she could and tries to use the system to her advantage as far as I have observed. She does not seem to care about the interests of the parents and always is rushed and argumentative.

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February 11, 2014
My child has attended this school for almost 4 years now. The teachers we have had, have been amazing. I do find that the principal is frequently unavailable and seemingly very cold. However, my child loves this school and his teachers. They strive to help those who are above grade level and work hard with those who are a little behind. I frequently volunteer and see this firsthand. What is important is my child's experience and my child is very happy here. I am confident in the education my child receives.

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July 10, 2012
Worst school ever!! Principal is frequently absent and staff is treated poorly and has bad attitudes as a result. Privacy is also an issue due to gossiping in front of students and parents. Parents are made to feel unwelcome-avoid this school if you can!

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June 07, 2012
My granddaughter had her first school experience at Southwest. It was a wonderful experience for her, and set the standard by which she, her mother, and I try to maintain since having to move her to a different school. Thanks to the administration, the teachers, the staff, and contributing parents who have helped to set the bar for academic success and bright futures.

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February 26, 2012
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Southwest last year and has since moved to California where she is in 1st grade. I can say without question that Southwest was/is a wonderful school with resources that California "wished" they had. I do believe my daughter received a better education at Soutwest (ie: she was taking "Technology" in Kindergarten leaning in a computer lab.) Here in what is considered a "great school" they do not work with computers until their in the higher grades and they have over 20 students in lower classes without the aid of an asst. which my daughter had in Kindergarten at Southwest. They also lose out on 2 hours of education every Thursday (which equals 1 day a month or 9 days a school year because of "budget constraints". So, for those with the grass is greener on the other side you may be surprised just how lucky you are to have your children taught at SouthWest.

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June 12, 2011
The office staff has a habit of gossiping in front of visitors where there is cause for concern in student privacy. Once they miscommunicated a sick call, I left work to get him only to be informed my MIL picked him up...the confusion lead to the realization that THEY DID NOT CHECK HIS FILE BEFORE ALLOWING HIM TO LEAVE WITH ANOTHER ADULT. The orientation packet of forms we complete each year is pointless as they do not update student files, as I've repeatedly asked them to update my current address and phone numbers I've been using for 3 years now. Teachers either have it or they don't. Kindergarten was a disappointment, 1st & 2nd grade were amazing, this most recent 3rd grade year was a disgrace, as her adjustment to teaching a new grade level was poor. The principal is rarely available. Of the 4 times I've left messages for her over the years, she usually returned my call after 2-4 requests at least 1-3 full days later. Her focus on the matters were rushed, distant, and she seemed more interested in speaking than listening; her disrespectful demeanor is appalling. I've opted to travel 35 minutes each way to school next year rather than allow him to return to this school.

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July 24, 2010
My oldest son attended here-some teachers were good but others just seemed to only care about collecting a paycheck. The principal is absent frequently and doesn't make parents feel welcome at all, as well as treats staff members unprofessionally which I'm sure accounts for some of the teacher's poor attitudes. I'm glad my second child attends a different school.

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July 23, 2010
My children were there last year (2009/2010) and the school was amazing! My children just moved and were going thru a lot and everyone there made them and my self feel very comfortable and did everything in their ability to help them as well as me! My children and I miss that school very much!

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April 28, 2009
I love it here so far. My son's last school was horrible compared to this one, but I hope that his teacher continues to give the attention that my son needs!

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October 02, 2008
this is my frist year at the school and i dont find it welcoming, my sons teacher is dose not seem like she wants to be there most of the time. when you enter the hall ways you can feel its a cold place.

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May 28, 2008
I agree, the Principal seems ovewhelmed, possibly the school holds too many students. There are too many kids in trailers. But the teachers do a good job with what they have.

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May 13, 2008
I am very DISAPPOINTED in the school. There are some good people there, but my experiences are not great. There is no challenge for my child who excels above grade level. There is all too often no attempt to provide more than the basics. I understand that the teachers are under a great deal of paperwork with daily lessons that sometimes children below and above are falling through the cracks. Some SLIGHT changes have been seen for those below level, where as those above are not given an opportunity to continue growth for advancement. I was actually told that although my child is advanced, he will not be over the next couple of years.--No kidding--if he starves for learning, not getting it at school, but only at home. Teachers do not provide adequate information on assessments with no one-on-one to evaulate child's progress including written requests for conferences.

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May 09, 2008
The principal of the school forgets things and is gone a lot-many good teachers here though.

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May 24, 2007
SWE is a very good school. I have had experience with the lower grade teachers and they are wonderful. I would really like to see more play time for the kids. It seems so much emphasis is on academics and test scores, but kids rarely get free time to just be kids. Playing outside is important for social and gross motor skills, yet they only average 20 minutes a day. Not to mention when the upper levels are testing, Nobody gets to play outside in the whole building. Teachers seem overworked with paperwork and meetings as well. Overall, however, SWE has been a positive experience for my kids.

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September 23, 2006
I loved this school when I went there and I miss it so much, if you are picking a school in the district pick Southwest! It's the best school ever and I'm sure your children will learn a lot! Thanks, Former Southwest Student

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March 15, 2006
My oldest daughter just finished at Southwest Elementary this past school year. She attended there for 2 and a 1/2 years. Our whole family enjoyed going there to visit. The whole staff is wonderful and the teachers are caring. When my oldest daughter started geting off track, tutoring was offered to her, and it helped her grades tremendously. We are thinking of moving soon, to a new place, but we are making sure we stay within the district, so our youngest can start Kindergarten this next year at Southwest. I can't wait to go back to Southwest with my next child.

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January 26, 2006
I have two children who attend this school and the quality of teaching staff is top notch. At every grade level the teachers and assistants have a caring attitude and want to see all the children achieve their maximum potential. School building is new and in great shape but the school is overcrowded and there are many temporary classrooms which are placed outside exposing the children to the elements at times. There is a lack of Leadership at this school as it appears the Principle is out of the building more than she is in it. There is also a lack of special education support especially in the speech related services.

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January 22, 2006
I have had the pleasure of all three of my children attending SWE. I feel that they have recieved the top of the line in education, intreaction and guidance from the teachers and staff there. I am thankful everyday that my chicldren go to a school of such great calibur.

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September 29, 2005
I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are so caring to the students- but also to the school building. There is order in the school, and the children are very respectful of others, which is a direct reflection on the way the teachers and staff are training our children. I am so glad to be a parent of two children at Southwest Elementary School. All the ideals that I hold dear to my heart are being taught there, along with proper and wonderful education.

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Southwest Elementary
2601 Burgaw Highway, Jacksonville, NC  28540
(910) 347-0900
Last modified Southwest Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southwest Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top