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About This School

Southeast Middle is a public middle school in Kernersville. The principal of Southeast Middle is Ms Stephanie Gentry, who can be contacted at sgentry@wsfcs.k12.nc.us. 1,248 students attend Southeast Middle and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 1,248 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southeast Middle is 16:1. Kernersville Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 54% 43%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 29%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 19% 22%
Asian 0.9% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %
Pacific Islander 0.08% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

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

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Well I'm going to sems this year and I heard that it was a great school many of my older friends go there but I do have two questions what is the schedule and what activites ate there to

  • (1 year ago)

    In this school the curiculm was very simple the teachers even gave you the answers the day before the test. Unfortunately only few students passed tests that occur on a regular basis due to lack of attention. In addition numerous fights drug incidents and talking back to the teachers occured when I was there. Students blame all errors on the teachers and lack respect for them as well. If you pay attention in class then you will easily succeed here but be prepared to be called a geek or nerd. An average student's number one priority is sports or popularity. This school is a representation of America so it is average.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a teacher at Southeast Middle School and I can honestly say that it is a good school for students parents and teachers. It is crowded at present around 1200 students but we continue to have a very diverse but functional school. Academics come first but the school has excellent athletics as well with a chance for most students who want to to get involved. There are also many clubs and activities. As many reviewers have noted the teachers are demanding. If you don't want to be challenged don't come to Southeast.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school I goto is great academics except for the drama and occasional mean teachers i love this school

  • (4 years ago)

    SEMS is a school of strong leadership and teachers that care deeply for the success of their students. Unfortunately they must deal with the lack of funding from a school board with far to much tenure and overcrowding thanks to state government.

  • (4 years ago)

    I recently graduated southeast middle school after three years. Honestly it is a wonderful school. They have a couple police watching which makes it even more safe and the activites are wonderful as well. The academics are by far very good. Some of the teachers are a little bipolar..Or..Hardheaded but you know..Who isnt? ]. I highly recommend this school because of the staff/students/ and the teaching. Also to a previous reviewer about not celebrating black history month and walking track...They are doing things about black history month but its just not all about it..They still have more stuff to learn about. They dont just do track..They also have basketball hockey jump rope and many more activities..Its up to your child which one they want to do..If they choose track that is their choice not the schools.( So yes..Go jags!

  • (5 years ago)

    I go here and I love it! Yeah there is drama but it makes it more fun. the teachers are great and the staff!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in the 8th grade at SEMS. There are a few things lacking at SEMS. The physical education program there needs a serious overhaul. I voiced my concerns about it but it is still mediocre. The kids often just walk around the track as an activity. In a time where there is so much obesity they should have a better program. There are some teachers that seem to be 'burned out' & are just waiting around for retirement. If I could have afforded it I would have sent him to a private school. We are moving out of state soon to an area with much better schools. Hopefully it will be better for my son. Also the class sizes are too big. I blame lack of funds from the state of NC. When are the profits from the state lottery going to trickle down to SEMS?

  • (7 years ago)

    I like this school a lot! They just got the school to watch award.. Congratulations!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    SEMS rocks! the students are attended to well in a healthy learning environment. The teachers are very helpful to every child. I believe that my child couldn't have gotten a better education anywhere else. The teachers are also very open towards the parents and are open to all parent comments. I would recomenned SEMS to anyone who is looking for a good middle school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am deeply concerned about the leadership at Southeast. The school has done a good job involving minority families on the board. The school also has very few African-American teachers. Last year the school did not even honor Black History Month. I am pleased with the programs that have been designed for Hispanic Families. However they are not involving these families on the board.

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