School Details

Southwood Middle School

16301 Southwest 80th Avenue, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
(305) 251-5361
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1441 students 20 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

69%
53%
53%
75%
61%
60%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
52%
56%
72%
57%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
33%
47%
74%
57%
57%
70%
44%
49%
60%
53%
56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
88%
75%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
69%
66%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southwood Middle School is a public middle school in Village of Palmetto Bay. The principal of Southwood Middle School is MS. MAGDA R PEREIRA, whose e-mail is pr6861@dadeschools.net. 1,441 children attend Southwood Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 4% of the Southwood Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 50% of the 1,441 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southwood Middle School is 20:1. Palmer Trinity School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 49% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian 3% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 23%
Multiracial 1% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.07%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 74%
Limited English proficiency 4% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Southwood is a Great school. It has great teachers. it also great kids and it also has great parents!

  • (1 year ago)

    Our children's middle school is SOUTHWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL in Palmetto Bay FL. From our oldest to our youngest we've been attending Southwood over the past five years. We like Southwood and havn't had any negative experiences with the students teachers or administration. There's a lot of parental involvement and the teachers are always appreciative when a parent is able to volunteer for the events they do. Southwood is unique in that it's a community school as well as a magnet school. We've only been involved in the magnets more specifically the art and music magnets. The Music magnet is like no other. Speaking only from our experience the Symphonic & Jazz bands under the direction of Ms. Calle are incredible & always bring home superior ratings at competition. Her students quickly learn to listen give her & each other respect. Our daughter was in Art with Ms. McKinley & Ms.Berse. She now attends Coral Reef High School's Art magnet- need I say more? Our youngest started this year in orchestra under the direction of Ms.Burris & has learned so much in the 2 short months he's been in school! If you need a different school you've got my vote for Southwood. R. Adams Cutler Bay

  • (1 year ago)

    I've been to this school and I only have GREAT things to say about it. I transferred and I loved it. The teachers are more than helpful but amazing! The staff members are super sweet and custodians are constantly doing their job. Unlike other schools in the area Southwood's facility is extremely clean. Trust me I've been to 4 middle schools and I can tell you it has been the cleaniest so far. Yes the bathrooms might be a little stinky at times but that's EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL GUYS!!! If you are an incoming 6th grader I would suggest though that you really choose your magnet strand wisely. You can switch it after the school years over but if I were you I would choose one in the beginning that will suit you best. The best strands in my opinion are drama dance photography and art . Not many people in these strands switch out to another strand. If you like to play an instrument and sing Italian arias though you should go into chorus and orchestra and band. Lastly Southwood is home of the superstars. Who can resist being a superstar )

  • (2 years ago)

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  • (2 years ago)

    My son just finished his first year at Southwood and he had a fabulous experience. The band program is top notch and all his teachers were excellent. I felt that the administrators quickly and appropriately dealt with any issues that occurred in the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Today approximately 60 students were left behind for a field trip because there were not enough buses. GOOD PLANNING !

  • (4 years ago)

    My 13 y/o child attends Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay. At present she has a valid I.E.P. (Individualized Education Plan) calling for services in Language Arts Math and Science for her Specific Learning Disability. I discovered during this evenings open house that Southwood Middle opted to placed my daughter in a combined class with 7th and 8th graders classes that would clearly under normal circumstances be following different curriculums. Each class has from 19-23 students very large by ESE standards considering my daughter IEP calls for smaller class size. Southwood is asking teachers to do the impossible teach a large classroom full of children with varying learning disabilities from two different books two different curriculums in the same short period. Another important issue is that 12 and 13 year old girls are sitting in the same class with 8th grade boys in some cases as old as 14 or 15.

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to southwood in 6-7 grade unfortunately i had to move out. There is a Lot of people complaining about this school but as a student i know what Southwood really is like. #1 Teachers DO care. There could be 1 in 20 teachers that doesnt but C'mon every school has that! #2 Lunch is not that bad! #3 IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED AND TELL THE PRINCIPAL OR A COUNSELOUR THEY *WILL* DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT believe me i went through that. #4 There is NO alcohol and there are NO drugs! some kids were smoking outside and they got EXPELLED so dont u dare saying the staff does nothing about it. The magnet program is awesome! It is challenging and the teachers are respectful and nice!!! Only one thing i can complain about the grossness of the girls bathroom it IS nasty!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child will be entering Southwood Middle School 2010-2011 yr. I have been aquainting myself with the schools administration for registration class selections etc. for my childs enrollment purposes. The office staff has been considerate friendly and thoroughly helpful. A schools management is easily revealed by the courtesy and attention a person is given. Southwoods office staff has proved hospitable in every inquiry I have requested with enormous cooperation. I am excited to meet the teachers I am sure they will be as equally superb.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son loves this school; The band arts program gets a 10 in my book.. My Son will be an 8th grage this year... absolutely excellent school!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son was not happy at Southwood at all. I had to remove him from Southwood due to the non stop bullying that the administration did nothing about. He came home just about everyday complaining about the drugs alcohol and violence. He said he's seen kids bring alcohol to school and he's seen kids smoking on school grounds. I just didn't feel like Southwood was a safe environment for my son to be in and I didn't want my son to be the next victim on the news so when I saw nothing was being done about the bullying I removed him. I'm not going to talk bad about the academic system because academically the school is phenomenal but how can a student learn at his or her full potential when he or she is surrounded by so many negative things that the school does nothing about.

  • (5 years ago)

    SWMS's magnet strand is a great way for children to achive there goals. Teachers there are great caring and pushing.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a 6th grader at Southwood Middle and I attend the Art Magnet program. I have to say that this school is phenomenal. the teachers are caring and really try to boost up your grades. Most teachers give extra credit to anyone who requests it at the end of the grading period. I also think that letting us dress how they want really helps us express our creativity with the exception of baggy jeans down to knees and what not. So once again... i love Southwood!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is new to the school this year but so far I can not say anything negative about the school. I am happy that he is excited and feels comfortable with the teachers and school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to southwood grades 6-8. I have to say that the magnet program is a waste of your time. I was a dance student and in the dance magnet we did nothing every single day. The dance teachers just sat on the computer emailing while you did nothing. All the magnet strands were like this. I was in the gifted strand and the academics were very challenging i learned a lot from 3/4 teachers. But every school has one teacher who does nothing. Now my younger sister is going to middle school and I wouldn't want her to go hear.

  • (6 years ago)

    Some of the teachers have fallen into a rut and need to retire. They don't care about the kids. Thank God administration still cares and will work with the parent when the teachers won't.

  • (7 years ago)

    I went to southwood for a while now and all i have to say is that its the WORSE SCHOOL IN THE STATE. These teachers don't help you the bullying problems are getting worse and worse and the lunch is so nasty i'd rather eat a dirty gym sock.

  • (7 years ago)

    Southwood Middle School is a wonderful place full of extremely gifted children wonderful teachers and a great administration.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is amazing! I just came here and I love it!

  • (7 years ago)

    Southwood is a great school But My daughter comes home every talking about lunch in school she saids the food is so terrible that she's paying for nothing that school needs big time improvement in lunch......

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