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).

Fall Book Fair Coming to SWMS!!

The Bi-Annual SWMS Book Fair is coming November 11th-18th.  This year's theme is a "Monster of a Book Fair".  The Book Fair will be open during our school day and during our Evening Conferences at SWMS (please see the posted hours).  Come in and check out the new releases, series selections, and more exciting reading materials.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! (PDF, 874.02 KB)

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! We are excited to welcome your student here at Southwest Middle School! We trust you have had a relaxing summer and hope you are excited for the new school year. We are going to have a great year at Southwest Middle School! Our custodial staff has the building looking great! Our focus is the success of our students and we are excited to have your student here with us this year. We look forward to seeing you on September 1st and beyond.

Middle School Athletics and Activities

Southwest Middle School has many activities for students to participate in during the school year.  From Athletic to Academic, we collaborate to inform and provide our students with many different ways to be involved in something beyond their school day.  We encourage students to participate in something and to be active in our school.

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.