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Southwind Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 892 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2014

Southwind elem. is a awesome school. If you have a problem with a teacher or your child. They do all they can to solve it. Genuine teachers. My kids are in kindergarten,second, and i had one in fifth grade who has went on to graduate. Car rider line has gotten way longer since they cut some of the bus route out. You have to get in line about a hour before school is out to pick up your kids or else you will be along way off..However they move quick. they give you a car number so it helps. The crossing guard does a great job.She's an old lady but means business when it comes to the kids. They have a male principal and a female assistant Principal. Both very professional and sincere. I like that my kids wear regular clothes however i think a uniform will be put in place soon. I'm not sure.All in all this is a really good school for the k-5.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2010

My first impression of this school is less then great. The Ms. Jones is an *ss and her office staff is rude and unprofessional. I'm not impressed what so ever. I can't understand how they have 3 plus rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I agree with some of the other parents ms. jones seem to be a very distance principal. I don't like that at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

I have no problems with the school in general. My child has attended since kindergarten and is going to the third grade this year. I have noticed the leadership at the school is not in the best interest of the parent. The current leader has been there since the school's exsistance and hasn't and does not adapt to change. Her attitude toward the kids and parent is always lack luster. My husband and I are very involved parents and we support our child 100% in any school function. The only issue we have is the current leadership and no special programs for the more advance students. When Ms. Jones retires I think the school can be re-born again and grow further. Concerned parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

My daughter has attened this school since kindergarten. My son also attended for five years. For the most part, it is a good school. The teachers will try to resolve issues if you bring them to their attention. The community around this school has changed a lot in the past 9 years that we have lived here. My daughter has two more years before she goes to middle school. I hope the school continues to perform well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2009

Southwind is wonderful My daughter started kindergarten and could not speak a word in English or American today after 5 months she can read and write.The teachers and Assistant principal are wonderful.Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

Southwind at this time needs improvement in dealing with how kids tease one another. My child attended another Shelby County school for a couple of years due to parents moving but when we returned, he returned to Southwind. Even he notices the difference in kids and how they tease and the teachers do nothing. Not sure if they don't care of it they just aren't paying attention. The work load is very elementary also compared to his other school. He had a terrible previous year but this year because the curriculum is sooo slow, he can keep up (that's one good thing). Since being there, the principal hasn't been visible in the car rider line and it's going on 3 months! She was at the school when he first attended and things haven't changed; she's still very distant!--not good; puts off a very 'not interested' attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

Southwind Elementary is by far one of the best schools in Shelby County. The Principal does an amazing job with the low budget she is given. Her administrative skills are impeccable and the teachers are all very well educated, caring, and nurturing. Extracurricular activities such as S.O.L.V.E. and S.O.S.A. keep the kids motivated and involved. The only shortfall I can say is the complete lack of parental involvement. Unfortunately the majority of elementary aged children in the county do not have parents with the initiative to support their children and the teachers they spend their days with. School is not just a free babysitter, it is an opportunity to help your child grow and mold them into the next generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

Southwind is a very good school and 3 of my children have went there wiht out any complaints!!!! = )
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

SWE is a great school with the best teachers of all kind. I really like everything about this school except the principal. God bless all of SWE teachers. They are great. This is an excellent school, with the best teachers, academic programs, parent involvement, and etc. I would nominate SWE best county school if they had a better principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

Southwind has been a wonderful experience thus far to both my children. I believe parents should not generalize about the degree of concern that all of the teachers may exhibit when they have not personally dealt with all of Southwind's teachers. This school has built an excellent foundation of learning for my children. I highly recommend to any parent seeking the same for their child(ren).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

I do not like this school and would not recommend it to any parent. I have only had one teacher that I felt cared about my child. The school says it encourages parental involvement, but its not true. The staff sometimes seems inadequate at times and the principal does not interact with the students from what I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

My children use to go here. They have a no taddle tail rule. Both my children tried to tell the teachers they were being picked on. My kids were told no talking and no taddle tailing. My daughter said ok and ended up getting suspended for fighting. The school said she should have told a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

This school was wonderful under the prior principal. This is not true with the current one. Most (not all) of the teachers are good. The ones I spoke with were not happy working with the principal. Some teachers cannot control their classes. The kids in those classes are out of control. Those in leadership rolls do not do enough to help these teachers. The principal avoids parents. I know this is true because I have experienced it myself. The best thing they could do for this school is get rid of that principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

Great school with advanced (when funded, which is currently threatened) and special ed class. The Principal is a bit distant but teachers are very attentive to childern. I have both a disciplined gifted child and a discipline problem gifted child so I have seen both sides. But remember the teacher need your help to succeed. Expect moderate amounts of homework. Southwind is currently a county school, but I believe it is in a city Annex, either Memphis (very bad) or Germantown (excellent). The problem here is the government keeps cutting funding in preference for mutli-million dollar sporting arenas, which seem to mean more than our childern's education, all in hope of getting professional sports teams that the Shelby's populace won't support. Future educational funding is currently in danger.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2004

Overall teachers do care. Principal gives a impression of being distant, don't know if she means to. I feel my children are geting a good education and are in a safe enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

A very good school, nice and clean. Staff is always proffessional and they care about their students all the time never had a problem school staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

My child went there for 3 years and I was not too please with the teachers. Didn't seem to care. They were there for a paycheck, not for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2004

Excellent faculty and facility. Principle appears to be a good leader, but should communicate with parents adequately.
—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 59% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
41%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
20%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
31%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students56%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students65%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students82%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students42%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students46%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students83%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students61%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students57%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students80%
African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 86% 23%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
White 2% 67%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Dennis Kimbrough

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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Dress Code
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Parent involvement
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8155 Meadowvale
Memphis, TN 38125
Phone: (901) 756-2325

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