Southwestern Academy

2800 Monterey Road,
San Marino, CA 91108
Tel: (626) 799-5010 ext.
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12, PG | 144 students
Southwestern Academy is a college preparatory boarding/day school providing a structured,individualized and supportive academic environment.
Our goal is to prepare our students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and self-motivated leaders who will impact the global community of the 21st century.

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Definition of Terms 
2013 School Data
Southwestern Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1924 1907
Campus Size 8 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 144 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 18%
% International Students 52% 20%
% Students Boarding 75% 67%
Average SAT Score 1885 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Acadmics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 9 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 8 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 65% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $17 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$33,750 $46,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$16,550 $26,300
Tuition international students $41,000 $44,222
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,500 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate 60% 57%
Director of Admissions Joseph M. Blake  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 8 15
Advanced Math Calculus
Creative Writing English literature
Physics US History
World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 6 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Snowboarding, Soccer, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 14 24
ExtracurricularsChess Club, Chorus, Drama, Golf team, Honors Choir, Horseback riding, International Club, Intramural teams, Southwestern Ambassadors, Southwestern Environmental Associates, SPHERE - peer counseling, Student Government, SUN SPOTS - video news, Tennis Ladder

College Matriculation

Year: 2011-2012 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pepperdine University 4
Pennsylvania State University 2
Sophia University, Japan 2
Syracuse University 2
Boston College 1
Mt. Holyoke College 1
Rhode Island School of Design 1
Sarah Lawrence College 1
University of Virginia 1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • At Southwestern we believe that through small classes, students are better able to meet their true potential. For this reason our average class size is between 9-12 students with a faculty student ratio of 6:1.
  • Every effort is made to enroll a well-balanced student body that is representative of the rich ethnic diversity of the U.S. and students from around the world.
  • Students can choose to divide their time between our two campuses. Each campus offers challenging classes, a wide range of extracurricular activities, accessible faculty, and distinctly different learning environments. Our San Marino campus is located on an eight acre campus near Pasadena and ten miles from Los Angeles. Our Beaver Creek campus is located on a 180 acre campus between the famous Red Rock canyons of Northern Arizona. In fact we are only fifteen miles from the well known resort area of Sedona.
  • "One School, Two Campuses, Two Learning Environments"
  • School accreditations: WASC, TABS, Western Boarding School Association
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Tom and Dick Smothers - Entertainers
    • Pete McCloskey - Congressman
    • Riki Ellison - Pro football; political action head
    • George Ruhlen - Medal of Honor Winner

Nearby Schools:

The nearest school is Excelsior School (4.1 miles away)
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