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Southwestern Academy
2800 Monterey Road, San Marino, California, 91108, United States
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Southwestern Academy

2800 Monterey Road, San Marino, California, 91108, United States
8800 E Ranch Campus Road, Rimrock, Arizona, 86335

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
6 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
US $19,850 to 48,850/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
5 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: 34 (Gr. 6 - 12), Boarding: 110 (Gr. 6 - 12)
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2800 Monterey Road, San Marino, California, 91108 , United States
8800 E Ranch Campus Road, Rimrock, Arizona, 86335

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About this school:

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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

our takeSouthwestern 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.



Principal's Message

principal

Kenneth Veronda, Headmaster

Mr. Veronda, Headmaster is the chief executive for both campuses, with designated campus heads and deans at both locations.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Southwestern Academy says: In classes of 8 to 12 students, each student benefits from personalized attention. It’s the key to unlocking your potential, whether you’re a highly motivated learner or a bright student with good capabilities who could be doing better. Classes are grouped by achievement rather than age, so students learn at their own pace.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Southwestern Academy says: Numerous sports activities are provided for recreation and physical education as a way to help motivate students academically. Participating in sports leagues, Southwestern fields teams in volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, track and field – all major sports except tackle football. Athletic activities are usually held in late afternoon. All students are involved in varsity, junior varsity, junior high varsities, and/or intramural athletics or PE classes.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Southwestern Academy says: Southwestern Academy is non- denominational.


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Southwestern Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Southwestern Academy says: Southwestern hopes to influence students to participate in co- and extra-curricular activities in the arts, athletics, leadership, music, and/or publications in order to become more well-rounded. Students should also have satisfactorily demonstrated tolerance of, and familiarity with, diverse ethnic, national, and cultural groups.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Southwestern Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Summary: Because of our size, teacher-student ratio, and mission, Southwestern Academy has a long history of providing opportunities for a variety of students. We are not a school designed to accommodate, nor are we an appropriate choice for, students with behavioral, emotional, or attitudinal problems; for those with significant learning disabilities or differences, or with alcohol or illegal drug involvement.


    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Southwestern Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Southwestern Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Southwestern Academy says:
    • SunsSpots: Southwestern Academy's media art classes in San Marino, CA and Rimrock, AZ work together to produce a weekly school news program to help students and parents to keep up-to-date with school events.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Badminton
      Equestrian
      Golf
      Running
      Weightlifting
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Environmental Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Poetry/Literature club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day (Domestic)US $19,850
    Boarding (Domestic)US $39,900
    Boarding (International)US $48,850
    What Southwestern Academy says: Boarding fees include academic tuition, instruction, room and board, tutoring as needed, athletics and activities on campus. Families are asked to place up to $1,000 to $2,000 into the student's incidental account for texts and school supplies, transportation, accident insurance, weekend cash, laundry and student store items. This is an estimate for a school year, individual spending varies.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 6 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid28%
    Average aid package size$15,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid28%
    Total aid available$500,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:
    https://pws.inresonance.com/school/southwesternacademy/index.php#login

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    • Completed application • $100 Application Fee • Transcripts: 3 years prior • Letters of Recommendation from the Principal, English Teacher and Math Teacher • Health Statement, Immunization Record, and Emergency Release Signature • Passport copy (for international students) *Social Security card copy (for domestic students) • Skype or In- Person Interview



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 144
    Average enrollment per grade21
    Gender (grades)6 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)76%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)84%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution:

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    Day Enrollment116327
    Boarding Enrollment12517292926

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 12
    SSAT6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Southwestern Academy says:

    https://pws.inresonance.com/school/southwesternacademy/index.php#login

    • Completed application
    • $100 Application Fee
    • Transcripts: 3 years prior
    • Letters of Recommendation from the Principal, English Teacher and Math Teacher
    • Health Statement, Immunization Record, and Emergency Release Signature
    • Passport copy ( international students)
    • Social Security card copy ( for domestic students)
    • Skype or In- Person Interview


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    40%

    Type of student Southwestern Academy is looking for: 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 stimulatisng participation in a wide variety of activities and athletics that they might not encounter in a larger setting.


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    Student Entry Points

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    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size30
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Arizona State University Art Center College of Design Auburn University Austin College Babson University Baker University Becker College Boston University California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California State University, Channel Islands California State University, Fullerton California State University, Los Angeles Carnegie Mellon University Chapman University Clark University College of the Canyons Colorado State University Drexel University Fordham University Gettysburg College Johnson and Wales University Kiyoto Seika University Louisiana State University Loyola Marymount University Marymount California University Morehouse College New England College New York University Newbury College Northern Arizona University Occidental College OTIS College of Art and Design Pace University Pacific Lutheran University Pasadena City College Pepperdine University Prescott College Quest University (Canada) Ringling College of Art and Design Rollins College Roosevelt University San Francisco State University Santa Monica College Savannah College of Art and Design Simpson College St. John’s University Saint Louis University St. Mary’s University Stony Brook University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Massachusetts, Boston University of San Francisco University of Chicago University of Dayton University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign University of La Verne University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Queensland University of South Carolina University of the Incarnate Word University of the Pacific University of Washington University of Kansas Wells College Westminster College Whittier College
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Arizona State University Art Center College of Design Auburn University Austin College Babson University Baker University Becker College Boston University California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California State University, Channel Islands California State University, Fullerton California State University, Los Angeles Carnegie Mellon University Chapman University Clark University College of the Canyons Colorado State University Drexel University Fordham University Gettysburg College Johnson and Wales University Kiyoto Seika University Louisiana State University Loyola Marymount University Marymount California University Morehouse College New England College New York University Newbury College Northern Arizona University Occidental College OTIS College of Art and Design Pace University Pacific Lutheran University Pasadena City College Pepperdine University Prescott College Quest University (Canada) Ringling College of Art and Design Rollins College Roosevelt University San Francisco State University Santa Monica College Savannah College of Art and Design Simpson College St. John’s University Saint Louis University St. Mary’s University Stony Brook University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Massachusetts, Boston University of San Francisco University of Chicago University of Dayton University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign University of La Verne University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Queensland University of South Carolina University of the Incarnate Word University of the Pacific University of Washington University of Kansas Wells College Westminster College Whittier College

    What Southwestern Academy says:

  • Numerous students have been accepted to and have attended varrious UC's, including UCLA, in the past 4 years.
  • A postgraduate year is also offered when appropriate to build the student's college preparatory skills.
  • For the past six years, all college - preparatory graduates have entered four - year universities.

  • Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Sylvia Banderas - Class of 2000

    Sylvia is currently the Executive Beauty & Fashion Director at People en Espanol magazine based in NYC. 

    How Southwestern Academy helped her achieve to where she is now:"Southwestern hires exceptional, caring, and talented teachers that made every effort to nurture my individual needs as a student. I never felt there was a general program because my teachers worked very hard to meet my specific needs as a student. For example, when I needed a little extra help in math, Mr. Herbst was always there to tutor and me and when I was reading ahead in my Literature classes, Mr. Pierpoint made time to sit with me after class and go over additional books we would select together. The special attention that I received helped me get ahead and go at a pace that was truly my own."

    Her fondest memory: "Camping trips with Mr. Pierpoint and Mr. Herbst were always very special. My favorite by far was the trip to Anza Borrego State Park. The group night hikes were magical; I have never seen so many stars in my entire life. During the day we hiked and explored the vast landscape and learned about the many variety of cacti and wildflowers. I always learned so much on those trips as my teachers always knew how to turn the experience into a living classroom."

    ...



    Mark Song - Class of 2014

    How Southwestern Academy helped him achieve to where he is now:"Without the support Southwestern Academy has given me, I would not be as outgoing, smart, social, and confident. I would have never even dreamed of attending UCLA or be such an energetic person."

    His fondest memory"My fondest memory has to be my whole Senior Year, when I was not just the Student Body President but a respectable pal to all. And of course, I cannot forget about the performances SWASTAR had together that year."

    ...



    In the News

    News

    June 21, 2017 - Emotions of Excitement at Southwestern Academy’s 93rd Graduation 2017

    Thursday, June 8th, was a delightful cloudy day at Southwestern Academy. Thirty-one seniors and six 8th grade students graduated. ...


    May 9, 2017 - Southwestern Students Shone at ArtsFest

    Southwestern Academy hosted their 2017 ArtsFest on Thursday, April 27. ...


    March 14, 2017 - Designing the American Dream

    Ken has been a student at Southwestern Academy for 4 years. His discovery of talent and passion in product design blossoms. ...



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    • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Associations


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