School Details

Northwest Middle School

1606 Geer Hwy, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
(864) 355-6900
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 845 students 17 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

71%
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73%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greenville 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
75%
71%
79%
73%
72%
71%
77%
75%
66%
72%
69%
70%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greenville 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
72%
70%
60%
70%
69%
62%
78%
75%
65%
75%
71%
68%
77%
74%

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Greenville 01 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northwest Middle School is a public middle school in Travelers Rest. The principal of Northwest Middle School is Lee Givins, whose e-mail is lgivins@greenville.k12.sc.us. 845 children attend Northwest Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 56% of the 845 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Northwest Middle School is 17:1. Berea Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

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 83% 59%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 23%
Hispanic 6% 12%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 2%
Asian 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is at this school and I'm glad it is her last year there. There is no discipline in the school. Terrible things happen and they are covered up by the administration. The teachers I've talked to say that they are no longer allowed to discipline students in any way and that the administration doesn't either. All they do is call parents. There are fights there on a weekly basis. The kids are stressed the scores are dropping and the teachers are jumping ship. Something needs to change. It used to be a good school. Also from reading some of these reviews I can't help but think they are not by real parents.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child just finished her 8th grade year at Northwest Middle. She has enjoyed her time there and we have been pleased. The school offers several extracurricular activities/sports and a rigorous curriculum. The teachers are extremely welcoming and helpful. They offer many opportunities for extra help or enrichment. The PTA has a large group of volunteers and their presence is welcome from the faculty and administration. I highly recommend this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    we need achange high up at nortwest our kids or stuck in aclass room all day wothout any fisical activity most of our kids are obese and our school does not care they will not let your kids go to the restroom when they need to either. I promise you they are doing a job they do not care one thing about your child my child was not aloud to go to the restroom even the guy at the school district started laughing when I told him somebody needed to looose thier job for making my 12 yearold son stand outside and go in his pants

  • (4 years ago)

    I had three sons go through NW and all did well. The school does the best with what it is given and truly seeks to leave no child behind. Dedicated teachers and administration.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school has excellent leadership in principal Lee Givens. He is a 'strong presence' with students expecting appropriate behavior. With me as a parent he was very respectful and attempted to help me with my problem. The school's atmosphere is warm with visible discipline--perfect for middle schoolers! When at the end of the year I went to his office to thank him for a good year he nearly fainted! He said that this almost never happens. Parents we need to do more to encourage those who are doing an exceptional job. When my son was in 6th grade a new police officer was hired for Northwest. I asked the officer how his year was going and he said that he had nothing to do! He raved that it was a night and day difference (a paraphrase) compared to the last school where he worked. A huge fan of Northwest

  • (7 years ago)

    my daughter goes to northwest middle and is living in a mess the school has no control at all over anything that goes on there or on the bus. I think I am gona home school her next year.

  • (7 years ago)

    Northweat is a great school! All the teachers are really great and very nice at least as much as the next teacher. The band is the best in the nation too literally.

  • (7 years ago)

    Over all I would have to say the our experience at Northwest Middle has been a positive one. For the most part the teachers my daughter has had have been excellent teachers and very caring teachers. They take a personal interest in the students who are trying hard and taking school seriously. Like most other schools I have seen the teachers are overwhelmed with extra curricular activities committees and rediculous requirements put on them by the State Dept. The teachers are under a great deal of stress to get objectives taught within the state time frame. I'm not sure how Northwest compares to other middle schools but we have been pleased and have been happy with our child's level of progress.

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