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Southwestern Middle School
605 W New Hampshire Ave
DeLand, FL 32720
(386) 822-6700
public | 6-8
County: Volusia


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8/13/2010parentThis school is a diamond that shines from the top down. Have been here with my children for the past five years. Even though my kids have gone to high school I will stay here and volunteer because the principal is fantastic. She knows every child by name is truly manages by walking around. She is everywhere and the kids love her. She inspires the children and the parents. Keep up the good work.
4/23/2010parentSouthwestern Middle School is the best place I have ever worked. Parents, students, teachers, support staff, administration, and the community work together to make Southwestern a school dedicated to help each and every person.
4/23/2010parentSWMS is the best! They have the best teachers, staff and administration. The principal is fantastic!
4/23/2010parentI have been part of the best support staff in the county at Southwestern Middle School for 6 years. I will be here with my cane.... Go Tigers, the BEST MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNTY WIDE! I love my school. Our Administrators ROCK! BEST around. :)
4/23/2010parentThe principal and her staff are AWESOME and they really care about the students wellfare and that they succeed in school. They are involved in the community and when the going gets rough they dig their heals in and do whatever needs done. Once we had some pretty bad tornadoes come through our town and the principal drove from her home in Daytona (our school was closed due to flooding and other issues) and instead of letting the food in the cafe' go bad she called in some staff and fed the community because alot of homes around the school had been hit by the tornadoes. If they know of children that needs tutoring but can't stay after school they in some cases make arrangements to go to the students home to help that student and/or student. I could go on and on about this school, but that would take quite a long time. I believe its the BEST school anywhere and the principal is just as great!!!!
4/23/2010parentThe Principles are always there to helpstudents and teachers. They are very involved and spend many hours here helping to increase positive attitudes and a great learning environment. The teachers are always there to help each other, and the students, wtih after school media center hours to help student with homework. We have a day were teachers work with students in fun ways and in catch-up work. We all try to support one another in the clubs and after school activites, always trying to raise moneies needed for the different clubs and for field trips which are so important to our students, so they can see what is out in the world. This school has a wonderful atmosphere.
4/23/2010teacherThe staff members are supportive of each other as well as the students. All strive to bring out the best in every student they have contact with. In short, it's a loving environment in which to work.
4/23/2010parentIt is a smaller community school that cares.
4/22/2010teacherI love Southwestern Middle School - a Title I school - which is an 'A' school in Florida. Our students are our top priority!!! 'Failure is not an option!!!!!!'
4/22/2010parentSouthwestern Middle School has a caring atmosphere and a dedication to excellence. The administration is great, and the teachers are all dedicated professionals. It is a clean, welcoming campus, and I have been proud and pleased that both of my children have spent and are spending their middle school years there!
4/21/2010parentI have taught art there for 32 years and it really is the best. Small, family atmosphere, dedicated teachers and innovative, caring and supportive administrators.
3/26/2010parentMy son was bullied and stolen from i am very disapointed with this school
5/2/2008parentThis is the best middle school in Volusia County. The principle Mamie Oatis is awesome and her staff/faculty are the best. They are structured, hands on, concerned about my childrens safety and education. Ms. Oatis is very hands on and is at practically every function the school holds. She is involved in the community and well respected by business owners along with staff, parents, students and the district. She has taken that school and turned it around and doesn't expect her staff to do anything she is not willing to do. Her A/P totally rock and its a pleasure to have thme in my childrens life. If I could give 10 stars I would but only five are allowed.
7/9/2007studentSouthwestern Middle School is a great school.
6/26/2007parentMs. Oatis is the most hands on principal I have ever seen. She attends every event possible and is always encouraging to the students. The teachers are supportive and helpful. Discipline is very effective at this school. They are firm and proactive in telling students what they expect from them before an event, as well as enforcing discipline during an event. The students have a wide variety of after school clubs, their 8th grade trip to DC was well chaperoned and planned, and they held a great graduation program complete with a dance that welcomed not only students, but their families as well. This is a school where a kid can still be a kid, and opportunities abound for everyone, regardless of social status.
4/13/2007parentSouthwestern is one of the best schools around! I drop my kids off knowing they are safe. They have excellent opportunities for kids to bring up grades or maintain them. The Principal (Mamie Oatis) is excellent! The wheel (art, home EC, technology, and computers) are great classes with excellent opportunities! They also have music(band or chorus). There is little parent involvement as far as helping with lunch but they are always willing to come speak to the kids. They even have a school basketball team! Keep up the excellent work!
1/26/2007parentMy child hates this school it is not organized. The students are mean and unwelcoming they need a punishment policy.
6/22/2004parentExcellent School. The teachers are great as are the staff. The facility is under some construction, but they have done quite well to make the day go by peacefully for the students.
5/18/2003 The teachers and staff of this school really care about the kids..

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