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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    C+
Southwest Elementary School is a public school located in Durham, NC. It has 614 students in grades PK, K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 45% of students are at least proficient in math and 41% in reading.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
41%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$55,851
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,005
National
$949
Median Home Value
$207,900
National
$184,700

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
614
Free or Reduced Lunch
58%
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Preschool

Annual Cost
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Starting Age
4
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
Website
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
  • Offers Part Day

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$43,354
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.2%
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Southwest is a true neighborhood school, nestled right in South Durham. The administration cares about the students and really leads by example. They’re consistently open for dialogue and strongly encourage parent involvement, because they truly believe that partnership leads to better outcomes for their students. The teachers also seem to really reflect school leadership, and value an overall positive environment where learning is encouraged and the child is paramount.

While I’m sure they’ll be held to the antiquated “test score” measurements that so many of our primary schools are bound by, I’m happy that my children attend Southwest and appreciate the education that they’ve received thus far.
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My daughter just finished kindergarten and loves her school! She’s in the dual language program, and loves learnng Spanish everyday. She did not seem frustrated at all by the new language and has progressively really well in her reading skills (in English) this year.
Southwest is an excellent school in South Durham, the faculty celebrates the diversity of the school through the two way Spanish/English immersion program and by being a Community School not just for the children that attend but also for their families as well that stand as a model for all the other schools in the region. Our family has been very happy with our child's education and childhood experience at this school. I would highly recommend visiting Southwest and speaking with their administration or visiting one of their community events and speaking with a family with children that attend Southwest about all that Southwest has to offer.