Southwest Middle School

300 Chestnut St,

Reading, PA, 19602-1811

Tel: (610)371-5934
Grades: 6-8

511 students

Southwest Middle School serves 511 students in grades 6-8.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the PA average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 96% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 29%.
Southwest Middle School operates within the Reading School District.

Overview

The student population of 511 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 38 teachers has declined by 13% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 6-8
Total Students 511 students
Southwest Middle School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 53% Male / 47%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 38 teachers
Southwest Middle School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Southwest Middle School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has increased from 11:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.47. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (PA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 14:1
Southwest Middle School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
n/a
3%
Southwest Middle School Asian (1988-2006)
Hispanic
83%
8%
Southwest Middle School Hispanic (1988-2012)
Black
11%
16%
Southwest Middle School Black (1988-2012)
White
4%
71%
Southwest Middle School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Southwest Middle School Sch Ethnicity Southwest Middle School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.30 0.47
Southwest Middle School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
89%
34%
Southwest Middle School Eligible for Free Lunch (2000-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
3%
6%
Southwest Middle School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2000-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 18,011 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School District Name Reading School District
Number of Schools
Managed
24
3
Number of Students Managed 18,011 1,559
District Total Revenue $199 MM $21 MM
Reading   School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $245 MM $20 MM
Reading   School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $11,129 $12,476
Reading   School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $13,687 $11,944
Reading   School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Governor Mifflin Senior High School (0.6 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Governor Mifflin Middle School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Mifflin Park Elementary School (0.6 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Shillington Governor Mifflin Middle School
    130 East Lancaster Ave
    Shillington , PA , 19607
    (610)775-1465
    0.4  mi  |  642  students  |  Gr.  7-8
  • Shillington Governor Mifflin Senior High School
    101 South Waverly St
    Shillington , PA , 19607
    (610)775-5089
    0.6  mi  |  1337  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • Shillington Mifflin Park Elementary School
    598 Governor Dr
    Shillington , PA , 19607
    (610)898-1489
    0.6  mi  |  493  students  |  Gr.  KG-4
  • Shillington Intermediate School
    600 Governor Dr
    Shillington , PA , 19607
    (610)775-5083
    0.6  mi  |  676  students  |  Gr.  5-6
  • West Lawn Lincoln Park Elementary School
    400 Dorchester Ave
    West Lawn , PA , 19609
    (610)670-0180
    1.5  mi  |  131  students  |  Gr.  KG-5

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