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).

Time to order your 2015-16 SWMS Yearbook (PDF, 284.44 KB)

The time has come to place your order for a copy of the 2015-16 SWMS Yearbook.  Yearbooks give us the opportunity to remember the fun, the friends, and the activities of our school years at SWMS.  Please see the attached document for the yearbook pricing or click on the link to place your order.


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Making Time in the Middle by Steve Kovach

This article appeared in the NAESP Principal magazine in the Ten to Teen section of the May/June 2015 issue. Authored by Southwest Middle School's Principal Steve Kovach, the article talks about the creation of our TigerPlus intervention time, process our building staff used to make this vision a reality, the results we saw as a building, and our plans as we look toward the future of TigerPlus.  

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.