School Details

Southwest Elementary

1631 Southwest School Road, Clemmons, NC 27012
(336) 712-4422
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 445 students 14 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

78%
45%
47%
64%
43%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Forsyth County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
47%
48%
58%
42%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Forsyth County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
47%
48%
41%
38%
40%
42%
43%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Forsyth County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southwest Elementary is a public elementary school in Clemmons. The principal of Southwest Elementary is Mr Matthew Dixson and can be contacted at mwdixson@wsfcs.k12.nc.us. 445 students go to Southwest Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 44% of the 445 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Southwest Elementary is 14:1. Meadowlark Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 43%
Multiracial 6% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 29%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    The BEST kindergarten teachers are at Southwest. I used to teach first-grade and students that didn't go to kindergarten at Southwest stood out- and not in a good way. My daughter had the best experience in kindergarten with an amazing teacher. Her first and second grade teacher (same teacher for both) was/ is a perfect match for her. There has never been ONE day she has complained and not wanted to go to school. The administrators know and love every child. The students come first at Southwest. That's the way it should be. I look forward to three more amazing years for my daughter.

  • (11 months ago)

    We moved to the area last year and searched and visited several schools. When we walked into Southwest we knew it was the right place. The staff was friendly the kids were all well behaved. We toured many schools in the area and Southwest was BY FAR the best. It's an older building...but the people IN the building are the best by far. I HIGHLY recommend Southwest.

  • (1 year ago)

    I moved here 3 years ago and my oldest son has been going to Southwest for 2 years now. My son had the best teacher his first year there (3rd grade). She still helps my son even though he isn't in her class anymore. NOT this year my sons teacher does not like him. She sends him to the office for tiny things and he will spend all day there. While missing important lessons in class. She drops a whole grade level for missing a period or not capitalizing one word. Hes in 4th grade. It's ridiculous. There is no communication between her and I. And the administration takes her side every time without even knowing whats going on. There have been little comments about ADHD meds. My son does NOT need medicine. We have never had any complaints from his teacher until this year. And that's all she does is complain and make my son feel like an outcast. I cant say enough good things about some of the teachers at Southwest but the one my son has is not suited to teach. She cant make any kind of connection with the kids. I really wish I could post the names of the excellent teachers we have found. They really deserve to have their names shouted from the rooftops.

  • (2 years ago)

    We were satisfied with the school prior to the 2011-2012 school year. However with the change in administration this year we LOVE Southwest! We couldn't be happier with our children's progress this year and the teachers they've had this year are phenomenal and really care about them. The staff and PTA work incredibly hard to promote a positive atmosphere for the kids and they've succeeded in producing a fabulous year for the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school! My child is in the fourth grade now. She started in the second grade. The number of students this year is much lower due to the new school opening. This change has been great. Since this school used to be a high school there is a great auditorium and lockers for the children. The administration changed this year and is GREAT!

  • (3 years ago)

    hi it's Casey Griffith i used to go here. i now go to Morgan Elementary but i want to say i miss the school. thanks. love Casey

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school. The teacher and staff REALLY care!! We could not ask for a better learning experience for our daughter.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school works very hard with my daughter. They give her courage to accompished her school work.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very disappointed with this school. As I have walked my child down hallways all I can hear is teachers screaming at children to be quiet. The teacher's and principals cleary beat to their own drum with no regard to parents & their children. Am looking for a different school as we speak.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the BEST public school I have ever seen. Each student is part of the family. The school has a strong sense of community!

  • (5 years ago)

    Southwest Elementary has incredible teachers!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I read the reviews regarding SW Elementary and was very surprised to see the negative comments regarding this school. In my many years of experience this school has been excellent. When my son went from Southwest to the middle school I was shocked about the lack of communication. The teachers care about the students. We have two more years at Southwest and have high expectations for their continued success and my child's success. I just want to share one story about my son's third grade teacher. The students wrote a letter to themselves. In the letter they were to discuss their friends their likes and dislikes etc. At the beginning of his senior year he received a letter the letter that he had written when he was in third grade. That is the kind of commitment all of the teachers have at SW.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have had a great experience with Southwest except for one teacher who is luckily no longer in the classroom setting. The teachers do a great job with communicating with the parents via email and notes home. The 3rd/4th grade AG teacher is excellent and our child is motivated everyday to go to school. I would encourage all parents to take responsibility and not always 'wait' for the teacher to initiate the communication but to be involved in their child's learning. Use online resources to know what is expected.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have had a daughter to go this school who is now at Medolark but I really love this school. The teachers are very good and into the kids work. They respond immediately. This school rocks!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been at Southwest for 3 years and we have had very positive experiences. He has had wonderful teachers from Kindergarten on up. The specials teachers are also wonderful dedicated professions. This is a great school and I believe the new principal will help make it even greater.

  • (6 years ago)

    Outstanding teachers and staff. A real treat to find this many dedicated professionals.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter molly miller gets excellent grades there and comes home everyday smiling i highly recomend it for every child !

  • (7 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school at all. The teachers are incredibly disrespectful to the students and also the parents who dare to question their teaching methods. The staff is very lax about communication and getting back to parents with concerns.

  • (7 years ago)

    We moved to the area last year and enrolled our children at the school not having any previous information. I was slightly disturbed by the lack of communication between the staff and the parents. We came from a school where communication with parents was vital. This school does not have scheduled parent teacher conferences and you have to make special arrangements to meet with the teachers. Seems the school could be a little more proactive especially with children that may be lagging behind in specific areas like our child was. The teachers are required to teach all children the same way and there is no room for a student that is not learning the same way. The'tutoring' for the EOG is a joke!

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been at SouthWesst Elementary since the 2nd grade. She was previously at a school where they were truly treated like little soldiers and could not speak and had to walk with their fingers on their lips and hands on their hips. I have found that Southwest is very refreshing and my daughter has loved it there. My youngest daughter is getting ready to start Kindergarten this year and I have no doubts about sending her there as well. I did have a problem with a teacher and my daughter last year and called the principal. She called me back very promptly and scheduled a confereance with both of my daughters teachers the principal and vp. I was very pleased with the outcome.

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