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School Calendar

August 2014

  • Monday, August 4: Administrative Day (No school for students)
  • Tuesday, August 5 : Teacher work day, no school for students
  • Wednesday, August 6: 2 hour day for students
  • Thursday, August 7: Inservice day, no school for students.
  • Friday, August 8: First full day for students.
September 2014
  • Monday, September 1 – Labor Day, schools closed.
  • Wednesday, September 10: Progress Reports
  • Thursday, September 11: Early dismissal, 3 hour 15 min. day for students.
October 2014
  • Friday, October 3: End of 1st 9 weeks.
  • Monday october 6- Friday October 10: Fall break, schools closed.
  • Thursday, October 16: 1st 9 week report cards issued.
  • Tuesday, October 21: Parent Teacher conferences (3:00-6:00).
  • Tuesday, October 28 : Early dismissal, 3 hour 15 min. day for students.
November 2014
  • Tuesday, Navember 4: Inservice day, no school for students.
  • Wednesday, November 12: Progress reports.
  • Wednesday November 26- Friday November 28; Thanksgiving break, schools closed.
December 2014
  • Friday, December 19: Abbreviated day (2 hours); End of 2nd 9 weeks period.
  • Monday, December 22- Friday, January 2: Winter Break, schools closed.



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Welcome to Smyrna West

Smyrna West Mission Statement: The mission of Smyrna West is to provide opportunities for academic learning and behavioral improvement by equipping students with the necessary skills to return to their home school.

In an effort to improve system practices, Smyrna West Alternative School is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. If you are a parent of a Smyrna West student, please complete the survey by clicking on the icon to the left. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.


SWA to See The Outsiders

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The deadline for seniors to submit the required application for Tennessee Promise is November 1. Click on the logo for more information.
SWA students, faculty, and staff traveled to Nashville on October 2 to see NCT's production of The Outsiders. The novel by S.E. Hinton has been a favorite read for teens every since it was first published in 1967. Click the picture for more info.
Smyrna West will host a parent-teacher information session regarding Tennessee Promise on Thursday, October 16, at 9:30 a.m. All parents who did not attend the first session are encouraged to attend.


2014 RCS Fact Book & Annual Report  
A Message from the Director of Schools

We [Rutherford County Schools] experienced significant gains last year in mathematics, especially for the most capable quintile 4 and 5 students in grades 4-8.  I believe that the higher standards associated with more rigorous Common Core standards and the increase in instructional strategies in the classrooms.  Last year’s math scores represent 1 or 2 years of Common Core instruction in those lower grades.

Click on the image above to view or download the RCS 2014 factbook.    



SWA "In Action" Grant

Congratulations to Smyrna West faculty, staff, and students for being awarded a $2,500 grant. Purity Dairy partnered with the National Football League (NFL) to host a get-fit campaign and competition open to schools. The competition involved the production of a video demonstrating how each school incorporates "get fit" opportunities within their school. Click the "fuel up to play 60" link above to view the grant winning video.





Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Holmes for being voted by his peers to be Smyrna West's Teacher of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to his two years of teaching at Smyrna West, Mr. Holmes taught for two years in the Memphis City School district. His philosophy for education is, "High expectations...make it possible. I never allow my students to become content with mediocrity!”



Charitable Giving

As they do every year, the Smyrna West faculty and staff participated in in the United Way campaign.  They raise the bar for contributions

each year, and each year they meet expectations.  This year’s goal was $600, and the total contributed was $625.  Great giving!



A Note from the Principal:

Thank you for visiting Smyrna West Alternative School's website. We hope that you gain valuable resource information and that it serves as a good communication tool between you and school personnel.

A dedicated group of teachers and support staff work with me to help every student realize his or her talents and experience success in school. The Smyrna West Faculty and Staff treats every student as an individual and embraces the philosophy that all students do not learn in the same way. The combination of an innovative program and a great team makes coming to work each day a pleasure. The active support of parents and staff helps accomplish our mission of providing opportunities for academic learning and behavioral improvement by equipping students with the necessary skills to return to their zoned school.

Smyrna West conveys to students that our goal is to help them discover their talents and set goals for their future. We are continuously improving our program by increasing instructional technology, increasing intervention opportunities, extending service-learning throughout the curriculum, providing leadership and character-building opportunities, and monitoring student learning. In addition, we hope to improve attendance by implementing an intensive dropout prevention program. It is our hope to meet the changing needs of each of our students.

Please feel free to contact me or any staff member at (615) 904-3856 if you have questions, need assistance, or want to make an appointment for a conference. We encourage you to be involved in your child's education.

~Kay Davenport

12619 Old Nashville Highway | Smyrna, Tennessee 37167
Phone 615-904-3856 | Fax 615-904-3857