Southwestern Academy

2800 Monterey Road,
San Marino, CA 91108
Tel: (626) 799-5010 ext.
Gr: (Boarding) 6-12 | 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 
2014 School Data
Southwestern Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1924 1908
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

Academics 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% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $17 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$35,750 $47,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,550 $26,110
Tuition international students $43,000 $44,500
% Students on Financial Aid 30% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $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% 58%
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 5 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, 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: 2011-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pepperdine University 6
University of California, Los Angeles 6
Syracuse University 4
University of Virginia 3
Boston College 2
Boston University 2
OTIS College of Art & Design 2
Harvey Mudd College 1
Swarthmore College 1
University of California, Berkley 1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • 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)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • PasadenaExcelsior School
    1539 E. Howard St.
    4.1 mi | 102 students | Gr. 9-12
  • La Canada FlintridgeFlintridge Sacred Heart Academy
    440 St. Katherine Dr.
    La Canada FlintridgeCA91011
    5.4 mi | 385 students | Gr. 9-12
  • ClaremontThe Webb Schools
    1175 West Baseline Road
    (909) 482-5214
    22.5 mi | 409 students | Gr. 9-12
  • AnaheimSt. Catherine's Academy
    215 N. Harbor Blvd.
    22.8 mi | 150 students | Gr. K-8
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