Academics at SWCHS are college-preparatory, emphasizing six core areas: English, history, 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 Christian 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 post-secondary on site (PSOS) program. These options have the potential for students to enter college with a sophomore standing.