School Details

Southwind High School

7900 East Shelby Dr, Memphis, TN 38125
(901) 752-2881

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1686 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Shelby County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southwind High School is a public high school. The principal of Southwind High School is Mrs. Linda E. Patterson, who can be contacted at 1,686 students go to Southwind High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 60% of the 1,686 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southwind High School is 20:1. Kirby High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 93% 37%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 5%
Asian 0.9% %
White, non-Hispanic 0.8% 52%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Multiracial 0.2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The rating for this school is wrong. The graduation rate for this school has went down every year. Southwind high school has somevofvthe lowest act scores in the state of tennessee. The teachers don't get alone and there are police at the school at least twice a semester .

  • (1 year ago)

    This school was the worst I have ever dealt with. I have 3 children and we are a military family so I have seen different schools. The Principal is really never there. The Asst Principal is rude and cursed me out to the point that I cried because I didn't know how to handle any of our children being there. I moved...really quick. My son now goes to Bolton High and that has been awesome. I pray for the kids at Southwind daily and feel sorry for them. The ratings should show the leadership value. I did try to complain to the school board but never had a answer back.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school started out great. Ms. Vaughan is a nice person however her leadership is not the best. The counselors are not very good at keeping up with the students graduation credits or counseling them on what is needed. Very poor lack of communication!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has been attending SWH since 9th grade and she is a senior this year. A wonderful school excellent principal and teachers. This campus is under control.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent school extremely strict has made huge steps in the right direction!

  • (5 years ago)

    I really like this school because it has help me grow into a better person while providing me with the tools I need to achieve academic excellence

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is one of the best in Memphis it provides a great learning environment for the children and helps them in every way possible to become successful and achieve their full potential

  • (6 years ago)

    This a wonderful school. The Principal and the teachers work very hard to make sure that their students and our children excel to the highest level. Ms. Patterson is a principal that believes in zero tolerance but she also has compassion. Ms. Patterson is a principal that all principals need to learn from. My son has received student of the month twice and had nothing but A's and B' the whole school year. Thank you Southwind High School Principal and Faculty for a job done well done. A. Bates

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