Southwest High School

Summary:

Southwest High School is a public high school located in Macon, Georgia, serving around 800 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Bibb County School District, which is ranked 175 out of 201 districts in Georgia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger. Southwest High School has a predominantly African American student population, with over 90% of students identifying as such in recent years.

Southwest High School consistently ranks among the lowest-performing high schools in Georgia, with a statewide ranking between 393-423 out of 410-442 high schools over the past several years. The school's performance on the Milestones Assessments is significantly below the state and district averages, with proficiency rates ranging from 0-12.2% across various subject areas. Additionally, Southwest High School has struggled with low graduation rates, with a four-year graduation rate ranging from 67.8% to 80.9% over the past five years, notably lower than the graduation rates of nearby high schools like Howard High School, Northeast High School, and Central High School, which range from 78.7% to 95.4%.

The high percentage of economically disadvantaged students at Southwest High School, as indicated by the 100% free and reduced-price lunch rate, may be a contributing factor to the school's low academic performance. However, the higher spending per student at Southwest High School compared to some of the nearby schools suggests that funding alone may not be the sole determinant of academic success. These findings underscore the need for targeted interventions and a district-wide approach to address the root causes of the disparities and ensure equitable educational opportunities for all students in the Bibb County School District.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1775 Williamson Rd
       Macon, GA  31206


(478) 779-4459

District: Bibb County

SchoolDigger Rank:
426th of 446 Georgia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,218 Help


Feeder schools for Southwest High School:

Elementary:    Hartley Elementary School
    Southfield Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  800

Racial breakdown:

African American:
92.5%
Hispanic:
3.5%
White:
2.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  100% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Southwest High School ranks worse than 95.5% of high schools in Georgia. It also ranks last among 6 ranked high schools in the Bibb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.93. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Southwest High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (92.5%), Hispanic (3.5%), White (2.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 100% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Bibb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Southwest High School is 15.2, which is the 2nd best among 6 high schools in the Bibb County School District. (See more...)
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Compare Southwest High School employs 52.4 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Southwest High School is $11,218, which is the 2nd highest among 6 high schools in the Bibb County School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Southwest High School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Southwest High School 426th of 446 Georgia public high schools. (See Southwest High School in the ranking list.)

Bibb County:

SchoolDigger ranks Bibb County 175th of 201 Georgia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Southwest High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools GA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 15.21 311th 335 7.2%
2007 15.57 327th 358 8.7%
2008 16.77 336th 370 9.2%
2009 11.20 354th 372 4.8%
2010 5.11 373rd 384 2.9%
2011 4.30 395th 402 1.7%
2012 5.36 385th 396 2.8%
2013 6.37 412th 425 3.1%
2014 9.94 401st 425 5.6%
2015 10.75 408th 435 6.2%
2016 10.83 393rd 426 7.7%
2017 7.41 403rd 420 4.0%
2018 7.46 406th 428 5.1%
2019 6.78 413th 438 5.7%
2021 9.80 393rd 410 4.1%
2022 6.66 414th 429 3.5%
2023 7.93 423rd 442 4.3%
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Data source: test scores: Georgia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Georgia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Southwest High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2150 2150
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1553 1553
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1586 1586
1993 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1552 1552
1994 460 1145 3 7 1 n/a n/a 0 1616
1995 361 1226 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1595
1996 361 1226 4 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1595
1997 304 1321 4 10 2 n/a n/a 0 1641
1998 185 1106 2 2 1 n/a n/a 0 1296
1999 157 985 2 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1145
2000 155 1002 0 4 3 n/a n/a 0 1164
2001 155 1024 0 7 3 n/a n/a 0 1189
2002 83 1095 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 1184
2003 83 1095 1 5 0 n/a n/a 0 1184
2004 44 1119 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 1171
2005 22 998 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 1026
2006 23 920 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 949
2007 19 920 1 3 0 n/a n/a 1 944
2008 17 918 1 5 0 n/a n/a 1 942
2009 16 831 1 4 0 n/a n/a 3 855
2010 5 915 1 9 0 0 3 0 933
2011 14 964 0 8 0 0 8 0 994
2012 13 940 0 7 1 0 8 0 969
2013 21 957 0 8 0 0 9 0 995
2014 19 891 0 8 1 0 11 0 930
2015 19 823 0 5 0 0 7 0 854
2016 19 814 1 18 1 1 12 0 866
2017 14 799 1 21 1 1 15 0 852
2018 16 788 1 17 0 0 8 0 830
2019 18 823 1 22 0 1 9 0 874
2020 17 782 0 20 0 1 6 0 826
2021 21 736 1 20 1 1 10 0 790
2022 28 706 0 31 1 1 12 0 779
2023 22 740 1 28 1 2 6 0 800

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Southwest High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2150 104.0 20.6 22.8
1991 1553 88.0 17.6 27.4
1992 1586 89.0 17.8 34
1993 1552 74.0 21.0 39.3
1994 1616 89.0 18.2 39.1
1995 1595 84.0 19.0 53
1996 1595 84.0 19.0 53
1997 1641 81.2 20.2 56.6
1998 1296 82.2 15.8 41
1999 1145 74.4 15.4 55.4
2000 1164 69.1 16.8 52.2
2001 1189 66.9 17.8 52.8
2002 1184 55.6 21.3 44.6
2003 1184 55.6 21.3 44.6
2004 1171 59.7 19.6 72.9
2005 1026 59.5 17.2 75.5
2006 949 58.4 16.3 81.5
2007 944 57.5 16.4 83
2008 942 61.4 15.3 87
2009 855 58.0 14.7 94.4
2010 933 54.4 17.1 93.8
2011 994 64.3 15.4 92.3
2012 969 60.5 16.0 91.2
2013 995 61.5 16.1 93.6
2014 930 61.7 15.0 93.7
2015 854 59.0 14.4 98.5
2016 866 54.0 16.0 99.1
2017 852 54.0 15.7 99.1
2018 830 51.7 16.0 99.2
2019 874 49.2 17.7 99.1
2020 826 53.4 15.4 98.4
2021 790 52.5 15.0 100
2022 779 49.7 15.6 n/a
2023 800 52.4 15.2 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Southwest High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2150 104.0 20.6 22.8
1991 1553 88.0 17.6 27.4
1992 1586 89.0 17.8 34
1993 1552 74.0 21.0 39.3
1994 1616 89.0 18.2 39.1
1995 1595 84.0 19.0 53
1996 1595 84.0 19.0 53
1997 1641 81.2 20.2 56.6
1998 1296 82.2 15.8 41
1999 1145 74.4 15.4 55.4
2000 1164 69.1 16.8 52.2
2001 1189 66.9 17.8 52.8
2002 1184 55.6 21.3 44.6
2003 1184 55.6 21.3 44.6
2004 1171 59.7 19.6 72.9
2005 1026 59.5 17.2 75.5
2006 949 58.4 16.3 81.5
2007 944 57.5 16.4 83
2008 942 61.4 15.3 87
2009 855 58.0 14.7 94.4
2010 933 54.4 17.1 93.8
2011 994 64.3 15.4 92.3
2012 969 60.5 16.0 91.2
2013 995 61.5 16.1 93.6
2014 930 61.7 15.0 93.7
2015 854 59.0 14.4 98.5
2016 866 54.0 16.0 99.1
2017 852 54.0 15.7 99.1
2018 830 51.7 16.0 99.2
2019 874 49.2 17.7 99.1
2020 826 53.4 15.4 98.4
2021 790 52.5 15.0 100
2022 779 49.7 15.6 n/a
2023 800 52.4 15.2 100

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Southwest High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2017 $2,518 (21.8%) $9,012 (78.2%) $11,529
2018 $1,758 (14.9%) $10,025 (85.1%) $11,782
2019 $1,199 (10.7%) $10,019 (89.3%) $11,218

Data source: Georgia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Southwest High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 413th of 438 High schoolsRanks 423rd of 442 High schools
 1.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course American Literature and Composition (Southwest High School)12.112.2
 0.1%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Bibb County)27.318
 9.3%
   End of Course American Literature and Composition (Georgia)47.338.9
 8.4%
End of Course Algebra I (Southwest High School)2.42.2
 0.2%
   End of Course Algebra I (Bibb County)18.38.6
 9.7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Georgia)41.135.8
 5.3%
End of Course Biology (Southwest High School)8.65.8
 2.8%
   End of Course Biology (Bibb County)2617.2
 8.8%
   End of Course Biology (Georgia)4945.5
 3.5%
End of Course United States History (Southwest High School)7.64.6
 3%
   End of Course United States History (Bibb County)22.89.5
 13.3%
   End of Course United States History (Georgia)48.337.1
 11.2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students874800
 8.5%
African American823740
 10.1%
American Indian01
Asian11
Hispanic2228
 27.3%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White1822
 22.2%
Two or More Races96
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.1%100%
 0.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Southwest High School

Southwest High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Hartley Elementary School
Elementary : Southfield Elementary School

Students at Southwest High School are 93% African American, 4% Hispanic, 3% White.

In the 2022-23 school year, 800 students attended Southwest High School.

Southwest High School ranks in the bottom 4.5% of Georgia high schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Georgia Department of Education.

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