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).

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night (PDF, 4.41 MB)

On Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30 PM, Southwest Middle School will be hosting an Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night in the SWMS Little Theater.  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to join us for an informational meeting about Southwest Middle School and the middle school experience.

Southwest Receives Silver Star of Innovation Award from MASSP

Southwest Middle School received the Silver Star of Innovation Award from MASSP (Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals) in April of 2015.  Southwest Middle School was one of twelve schools selected for the Silver Star of Innovation Award placing them amongst a small group of schools achieving that level of recognition.

Middle school principal making strides in achievement

Steve Kovach of Northfield has been the principal at Southwest Middle School for one and a half years. Prior to his job in Albert Lea, he worked multiple capacities in Lakeville Area Public Schools. -Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune

Click this link for the full Article: http://www.albertleatribune.com/2015/03/middle-school-principal-making-strides-in-achievement/

State Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist - Paula Buendorf

Please click the link below to view the KIMT News Story about Paula Buendorf who is a Semi-Finalist to be the 2015 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year.

Click this link to see the news story:  http://kimt.com/2015/02/25/local-educator-in-running-for-teacher-of-the-...

KAAL Excellent Educator - Amy Skinness

The link below takes you to the news article that aired on February 12, 2015 about Amy Skinness, 6th grade History Teacher at SWMS.

Click this link to see the news story:  KAAL Excellent Educator - Amy Skinness


Application for Free or Reduced Meal Prices (PDF, 355.72 KB)

Our school provides healthy meals each day. Please complete the Application for Educational Benefits if you wish to apply for meal payment assistance.

Return the completed form to the office of your child's school, or mail it to the Food Service Office (c/o Southwest Middle School, 1601 W Front St, Albert Lea, MN 56007) at your earliest convenience.