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Southwest Christian High School was founded to foster spiritual, academic, athletic and artistic growth in its students. SWCHS is a challenging college preparatory school that teaches all subjects from a biblical worldview perspective. We believe our mission is to assist students in developing a biblical worldview or philosophy of life that will impact them intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically. This worldview contrasts dramatically with the secular culture of our day.
Southwest Christian provides a caring environment in which every student is valued, whether it be in the classroom, on the performance stage, in our community, or on the basketball court or playing field. It is a nurturing environment in which we are deliberate in making disciples of high school students, preparing them for their life beyond high school in college and university settings and their eventual career.
The enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year is approximately 330 students from more than 25 nearby communities. The SWCHS student body represents over 40 area churches. Students who enroll have a professed faith in Jesus Christ, and yet diversity exists in terms of denominational background, faith journeys, race, income level, and national or ethnic origin. Each student is upheld as a distinct, gifted individual - loved by God and created in the image of God.
Class size for core classes averages 20; electives vary from 10 for some upper division classes to 30 in Concert Choir.
SWCHS does not provide bus transportation for its students; however, there is an active carpool network that connects families to arrange for transportation to and from school. Once students have their drivers license, they are able to park on-campus during the school day. Southwest draws students from over 25 communities in the metro area.
The academic school year is comprised of 174 instructional days and is divided into two semesters. SWCHS uses a modified block schedule format. The week's schedule includes all-school choir, chapel, and discipleship groups. Wednesday and Friday mornings have a late start (8:55 am) to accommodate student government meetings and one-on-one student/faculty time for tutoring or make-up work.
Ninty-eight percent of Southwest students pursue college after graduation. See a sampling of the colleges / universities accepting SWCHS students.
Our students come to us from private schools, homeschool settings, Christian schools and public schools. Students come from over 25 communities in the southwest metro region and represent over 40 area churches.
Southwest Christian places a top priority on selecting teachers who are passionate about their subject area, are engaging in the classroom, and are committed to the discipleship of students. All members of the high school faculty have bachelor's degrees and more than 50 percent have advanced degrees. Faculty are engaged in staff development opportunities throughout each academic year.
SWCHS is not associated with any church or denomination. SWCHS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. SWCHS is governed by a Board of Education which is comprised of SWCHS parents and leaders in the community. Learn more about what we believe.
Academics at SWCHS are college-preparatory, emphasizing six core areas: English, history and social students, Bible, math, science and foreign languages. A wide variety of electives are available in fine arts, music, physical education, health, technology, pre-engineering, business/finance and more. SWCHS places an emphasis on writing skills, believing that students who write well have also gained skills in analytical thinking and clear communication. A combination of several curriculum sources are used, including original source documents, classical literature and both Christian and secular publishers. On the ACT, Southwest students have consistently scored above the Minnesota state average and well above the national average.
SWCHS offers a number of opportunities for students to earn college credit while in high school, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes and a College-in-the-School (CIS) program. These options have the potential for students to enter college with Sophomore standing. Learn more about opportunities for earning college credit.
Southwest Christian believes that our responsibility as a school is to provide an opportunity for as many students as we are able to adequately serve to be educated in a Christian environment. The school strives to meet the educational needs of students ranging from average to well above average. Yet we also recognize that some students may need some extra support to be successful at Southwest. To meet those needs, the school has developed several programs to support various levels of learning needs. The following programs exist at Southwest to help identified students with their learning:
This class offers a degree of structure and support in completing homework, papers, and projects, as well as in preparing for tests in a guided-study-hall type of environment. Students will regularly meet with the instructor, receiving individual support and guidance in their work. The class is taken as an elective and students earn credit.
This program offers educational therapy for neurological stimulation of the pathways to the brain to stimulate deficit areas in cognition and perception as developed by the National Institute for Learning Development. The program is administered in a one-on-one setting. This is taken as an elective at Southwest and the student receives credit for successfully completing the program. There is an added cost for this program.
The Director of Academics at SWCHS may be contacted regarding academic concerns of any student. Issues may involve academic frustration or failure, recommendations for testing, or appropriate accommodations for students diagnosed with learning disabilities. Services are available to SWCHS and non-SWCHS students. There is no fee for the initial consultation.
For further information on any of the above programs, please contact the Director of Academics.