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Southwest High

Public | 9-12 | 678 students

 

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Posted July 16, 2013

I graduated from Southwest this year & I could honestly tell you I wouldn't have wanted to graduate any other school in Onslow County. The principal for the past few years has made the entire student body into one big family, along with the support of our two fallen students who we have lost this same year. The faculty & staff have been strict & hardworking, but there were a few who I could comfortably come to with a personal problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2011

I am glad of the change in principles. Over the last year the school has improved. I get call backs and concerns from the principle when I call about any problems or issues. My daughter likes the change of principles also and feels he cares about the students. She has been to him several times about incidents involing other students, and he has taken immediate action. He also doesn't hesitate to go into the classrooms to visit or question teachers if he hears of concerns. I think over time he will make it a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

This school was much better before the change the Principle. The new one is over bearing and seems to only want to turn the school into a jail house and not a learning institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

The teachers and student take great pride in there school and it shows in the students they put into our community. This school by far is the #1 high school in Onslow county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

The academic opportunities at Southwest High are varied. Honors and AP classes are offered to qualified students. Aside from the academics, Southwest High has a wonderful 'family' feel about it. Southwest is a very close-knit community, and this is reflected in the relationships not only between the students, but also the staff. Athletics are a HUGE part of school life at Southwest. At least one of my children has been in the school since 1998. The football team has made 3 appearances at the state championship game, and has won it twice. The girl's soccer team has been to the playoffs the last 3 years. They had never been prior to that time. Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Softball, Track, Golf, etc. have all done well at Southwest. I no longer live in the Southwest district, but completed an out-of-district request to keep my daughter here. I wouldn't have her any place else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2004

Southwest High School has a great tradition. This school in many peoples opinion is the best school in Onslow County of North Carolina. Southwest has great principals and good teachers. It's a 2A school on the verge of breaking a 3A school, but it packs a big punch of student athletes. Southwest is probably one of the most safest schools that a school can get. So basically all in terms, Southwest High should be at the top of your list.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 56% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2012.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

179 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
65%
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

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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

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Science

All Studentsn/a
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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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 82% in 2011.

125 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Civics and Economics

The state average for Civics and Economics was 80% in 2011.

182 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%
English I

The state average for English I was 83% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 77% in 2011.

266 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%
United States History

The state average for United States History was 82% in 2011.

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students12%
Female13%
Male11%
Black-5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White14%
Economically disadvantaged-5%
Not economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students14%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English12%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant12%
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Students39%
Female43%
Male37%
Black19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracial36%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students44%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted91%

English II

All Students44%
Female59%
Male34%
Black26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial50%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities5%
Non-disabled students48%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant44%
Academically gifted88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. 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
White 60% 52%
Black 24% 26%
Hispanic 9% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian 1% 3%
Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian 0% 1%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Tim Foster
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (910) 455-3949

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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1420 Burgaw Highway
Jacksonville, NC 28540
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