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Southwestern Academy

Southwestern Academy is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Southwestern Academy says

Southwestern Academy is a college preparatory boarding/day school providing a structured, individualized and supportive academic environment. Our goal is to prepare our students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and self-motivated leaders who will impact the global community of the 21st century. At Southwestern we believe that through small classes, students are better able to meet their true potential. For this reason our average class size is between 8-12 students with a faculty student ratio of 6:1. Every effort is made to enroll a well-balanced student body that is representative of the rich ethnic diversity of the U.S. and students from around the world. Students can choose to divide their time between our two campuses. Each campus offers challenging classes, a wide range of extracurricular activities, accessible faculty, and distinctly different learning environments. Our San Marino campus is located on an eight acre campus near Pasadena and ten miles from Los Angeles. Our Beaver Creek campus is located on a 180 acre campus between the famous Red Rock canyons of Northern Arizona. In fact we are only fifteen miles from the well known resort area of Sedona. "One School, Two Campuses, Two Learning Environments"

Mission Statement

Southwestern offers and shall continue to offer programs to strengthen students through small classes—normally of eight to twelve students—with personalized lessons, achievement grouping, two unique campuses in safe environments, and especially by supporting student achievements through an involved, nurturing, caring staff who create an environment for individual student success.

Southwestern shall balance enrollments by actively promoting cultural diversity and social heterogeneity in its student body. We seek to admit motivated, successful students who want smaller classes and personalized instruction. We believe also in giving a chance to students who may have experienced unsuccessful schooling elsewhere, when they have the abilities and willingness to try. We believe in giving students love and encouragement to overcome obstacles, and in providing and stimulating participation in a wide variety of activities and athletics that they might not encounter in a larger setting. We work with students who want to be here and who will help their fellow students; if a student continues to hurt the community, we will help find more appropriate placement for that student. Our staff decisions about students will be based on the assessment of each case, rather than a comparison with inflexible standards. We will work to recruit American and international students who will benefit from and add to our school.

Support and encouragement for students will be our standard in all academic and disciplinary decisions. We will work to remove obstacles from students who want to reach their full potentials, and to encourage students at each step. We will pay special attention to each individual, particularly those needing our guidance. We shall keep building our caring and loving of students, using patience and the extra time we gain because of our small class sizes. Our object is never to fail students unless they give us no choice, but to help them be successful. This takes all our best teaching skills, and we are pledged to use those skills.

Maintenance and enhancement of our two campuses will continue to build the most attractive, safe, comfortable, complete facilities possible.


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Grades Cost Term
Middle School $33,750 Annual

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  (626) 799-5010
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Academic Calendar: Semester

Test Scores

1885 Average score for the SAT Composite

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP European History
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • Sign Language
  • Spanish

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 170
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
6 4
7 8
8 11
9 33
10 33
11 44
12 37

Southwestern Academy's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Southwestern Academy's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1
Average Class Size 9
Gender 64% Male / 36% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 75%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 14%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 13%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


  • Chess Club
  • Chorus
  • Drama/Theater
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Peer Mentoring and Support
  • Student Government

Associations & Memberships

State or regional independent school association

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

Other school associations

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