Welcome to Southwest Middle School located in beautiful Albert Lea, Minnesota. Our school serves learners in sixth and seventh grades providing a well-rounded curriculum and many opportunities for achievement. Our grade levels are divided into educational teams to enhance students' academic experiences and our staff utilize the PLC Model and School-Wide Intervention Times to make sound educational decisions for all of our students. Southwest Middle School is the first Blue Zone Certified School in Minnesota and a winner of the MASSP Silver Star of Innovation Award (2015).

Walk and Roll Map (PDF, 2.57 MB)

Walking and biking to school builds kids confidence and independence, strengthens neighborhood connections, makes children healthier, gets the brain ready to learn, and is fun. Click here to view the best routes

Back-to-School Information (PDF, 1.58 MB)

August 4, 2016

Our Back-to-School Letters are in the mail, new students are registering, our staff members will return soon, and Orientation Day will be here before we know it.  Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year at Southwest Middle School.  School starts on Wednesday, August 24th this year and we are excited about another great year at Southwest Middle School.  Please see the attached newsletter and information from Principal Kovach for your reference.

Orientation Day - August 23, 2016 (PDF, 1.42 MB)

August 4, 2016

Orientation Day is on Tuesday, August 23rd, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM.  Everyone will start in the SWMS Media Center.  Student Pictures will be taken on this day as well (please see the attached form).  Students will get their schedules and planners, meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and tour the building.  There will also be sessions for Parents to receive information on the Chromebooks our students will be using.  We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!!

Middle School Sports Information (PDF, 273.61 KB)

June 7, 2016

The information for Albert Lea Tiger Middle School Football and Volleyball (Grades 6-8) is now available.  Attached you will find the registration information and information from the Head Football Coach.  The schedules can be found on the ALHS Activities Calendar.  The online Fall Sports Registration link is open is from July 27th - August 10th.

Incoming 6th Grader Parent Meeting (PDF, 856.45 KB)

May 26, 2016

On Monday, May 23rd, at 6:30 PM, we hosted an Informational Meeting for incoming 6th grade students and their parents in the Little Theater at SWMS.  Attached you will find the PowerPoint from that meeting.