FAQs

How is Southwest Christian different from other schools?

Southwest Christian High School was founded to foster spiritual, academic, athletic, and artistic growth in its students. SWCHS is a challenging college-preparatory high school that teaches all subjects from a biblical worldview perspective. We believe our mission is to assist students in developing a biblical worldview 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, or on the basketball court. 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.

How many students are enrolled?

The enrollment for the 2018–19 school year is approximately 350 students. The SWCHS student body represents over 85 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.

What is the average class size?

Class size for core classes averages 25; electives vary from 10 - 15 for some upper division classes. Up to 30 in choir.

Is transportation to school provided?

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 driver's license, they are able to park on-campus during the school day. Many families choose to carpool with other families. If you would like a detailed list of families located in your area, please contact admissions@swchs.org. A carpool list is also available at Back To School Night.

How is the academic day structured?

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 a.m.) to accommodate student government meetings and one-on-one student/faculty time for tutoring or make-up work.

What is the school's religious affiliation?

SWCHS is not associated with any church or denomination. SWCHS is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). SWCHS is governed by the Board of Education, which is comprised of SWCHS parents and leaders in the community.

Will SWCHS provide academic rigor to challenge my child?

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.

How does SWCHS address the needs of unique learners?

Southwest Christian High School 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. We recognize that some students may need some extra support to be successful at Southwest Christian. To meet those needs, the school has developed several programs to support various levels of learning needs. Check out our Student Services page under Academics for more information.