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Southwest High School

Public | 9-12 | 3329 students

 
 

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Posted August 20, 2013

This school is great. The teachers there help every student out when they need help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2013

In my opinion southwest high school is not a good school your children should attend . There is always rats running around in classrooms, the lunch Is disgusting , most of the food for breakfast and lunch is rotten. The fruit is rotten and the milk nd juice is really expired. During lunch really over expired snacks are sold. I mainly don't appreciate the teachers getting upset at us students for supposedly wearing "inappropriate clothes" that are appropriate. I also don't like that afterschool when it's time to go home, students who have to ride buses either wait in the blistering heat or during winter have to wait a long time in the freezing cold. I really hate this school don't let your children attend it .


Posted May 1, 2012

I liked it overall. Great fine arts dept. as well as a wide variety in clubs, sports, and even career classes like culinary arts, auto collision, wood shop, FFA, cosmetology..list went on :) Even though there's a few bad apples, there's plenty to keep us out of trouble. The more involved u get in school spirit the better the experience. Can't wait for my son to go here
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2010

i think the school is great ,great leadership from the principal to the teachers.perent involvement is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

The Fine arts department is amazing ! everything is so up to date and advanced for a highschool :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

i think swhs is awesome. i loved it there. i played basketball and ran track and it was the greatest experience i ever had. my teachers were great. ms.chapa i love you.coach avery was the best. coach almanza i miss you=] but yea whatever some parents think its bad. its so not everyone is concerned about the students futures. attend and you will find out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2007

Ms. Fey is the best principal in Bexar County. She was born for this job. She absolutely loves her students and wants them to succeed. She expects my daughter to work and act like a young adult......and guess what, my daughter is finally doing it. Ms. Fey has changed the whole atmosphere of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

This is a good school that should be setting its sights a lot higher. The administration is more concerned with teaching for the TASK test than they are in preparing my kids for college and universities. If the schools would concentrate on quality education instead of worring about the TASK, the test scores will come up. We have been down grading our curiculums so that students won't fail and what we need to be doing is upgrading the curiculum so that they will be prepared for higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

Southwest High School is fortunate to have one of the most caring principal when it comes to students. She has a proven success record of demanding excellence in teaching, and that is just what all students should get; no mediocrity is going to work for her; she expects for everyone to get the job done right, efficiently, and effectively and she is a strong supporter of teachers and their efforts; teachers will find that if they do their job, plan effectively, and provide for students' individual needs, that she is a true supporter, friend, and mentor. Go Dragons.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2006

Southwest is a very family-oriented high school, almost to a fault. I attended Southwest, graduating in 1975,and have a child attending there. I am worried that the academics may not be as helpful for college prep,as they should be. The school board and administrators dont seem to be very demanding of the coaching staff at any grade level. There does not seem to be a demand for excellence placed on the students and faculty. It is a very friendly school. WMy overall impression is that it is a good school that should be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

It seems the new principal is more concerned with policies and administration, than about what is best for the students. Counseling is also very overloaded, not enough time for students unless they are a problem to staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

Southwest High School Is finally cleaning up its act. All this year there has been changes in Administration There has been Assistant Princils who have quit.A new princil has come in.Even a new Super Attendent.They are finally getting there act together.
—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.

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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

733 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

736 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

767 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

743 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

744 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

749 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

648 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

652 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

656 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

651 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Female97%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male83%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%

Social Studies

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

803 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

945 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

793 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

1056 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

1123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

809 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

814 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
24%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
9%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

833 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

5 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

976 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

811 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students51%
Female52%
Male51%
Black or African American64%
Asian50%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education18%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)27%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students75%
Female78%
Male72%
Black or African American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education33%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)34%
Proficient in English77%
Migrant86%
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students72%
Female74%
Male70%
Black or African American77%
Asian63%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education24%
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students55%
Female61%
Male49%
Black or African American59%
Asian67%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education11%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)11%
Proficient in English58%
Migrant71%
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented98%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students37%
Female44%
Male30%
Black or African American33%
Asian63%
Hispanic36%
Multiracial40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Special education1%
Not special education40%
Limited English proficient (LEP)4%
Proficient in English39%
Migrant43%
Non-migrant37%
Gifted/talented87%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students68%
Female71%
Male65%
Black or African American70%
Asian56%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education8%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students40%
Female46%
Male33%
Black or African American37%
Asian33%
Hispanic40%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Special education5%
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students21%
Female28%
Male15%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged23%
Special educationn/a
Not special education21%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English22%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant21%
Gifted/talented50%
Non-Gifted20%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female77%
Male70%
Black or African American64%
Asian50%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education25%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English74%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted72%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted100%

World Geography

All Students66%
Female66%
Male65%
Black or African American71%
Asian83%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education17%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)25%
Proficient in English67%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
Black or African American72%
Asian67%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education15%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 90% 52%
White 5% 29%
Black 3% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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San Antonio, TX 78252
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