Southwestern Academt is an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school with a satellite campus in Rimrock Arizona. Southwestern seeks to admit motivated, successful students who want smaller classes and personalized instruction. We believe in giving a chance to students who may have experiences unsuccessful schooling elsewhere.
Southwestern actively promotes cultural diversity and social heterogeneity in its student body.
The Our Kids review of Southwestern Academy
Southwestern was founded in 1924 by Maurice Veronda, and his son, Kenneth Veronda, is the current director, something that reflects the continuity of the programs here as well as maintenance of the core academic vision. As ever, a dedication remains to providing a close-knit student experience, small class sizes, and a heightened attention to the individual needs of each student. Students arrive from around the world, and a range of supports are in place with them specifically in mind, including ESL support. The diversity of the student body is broad, something that particularly remarkable given a student body of 200. The curriculum is taught through the international lens that the students naturally bring to the environment. That said, the campus is very much an expression of place, and includes heritage buildings as well as newer facilities that are exceptionally sympathetic to the cultural and environmental heritage of the region. There’s no school like it, which is one of Southwestern’s strengths. It’s been quietly doing great work supporting students, giving them a true community of peers to work within, for the better part of a century.
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