Southwestern Academy

2800 Monterey Road
San Marino, CA 91108
  • 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.

Upcoming Events and News:

  • An Extraordinary Student - 01/04/2017 - Andrew Easton, a 12th-grade student at Southwestern Academy has been awarded "Student of the Month" by San Marino Rotary. Typically, students are recognized primarily for their academic achievements, but Andrew was identified for his outstanding service to the...more
  • ArtsFest 2017 - 03/14/2017 - Greetings from Southwestern Academy! This spring, our Visual and Performing Arts Department will be hosting our annual Artsfest.We welcome you to visit our campus and experience the arts and other talents on Thursday, April 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Arts...more
  • Above and Beyond a College Counselor and Teacher - 05/09/2017 - All Southwestern Academy graduates are accepted to colleges. How is this done? What is the story? 
  • Students Show Their Smarts at the Southwestern Academy Science Fair - 05/09/2017 - Southwestern Academy`s annual Science Fair gives clever students a chance to shine. The December Science Fair featured various projects from studentssuch as making egg shell geodes, finding the best acne medication, determining how climate and weather affect t...more
  • Southwestern Academy’s 93rd Anniversary - 05/09/2017 - The sunny and warm sky energized the enthusiasm of students, faculty, and Board Trustees as they celebrated Southwestern Academy`s 93rd Anniversary.Founded in the April of 1924 by Maurice Veronda on April 7, 2017, marked Southwestern Academy`s 93rd year in exi...more
  • Designing the American Dream - 05/09/2017 - International students entering US schools can feel overwhelmedby the cultural transition. Students face challenges, obstacles, and pressures for the opportunity and hope to achieve the "American Dream."Southwestern Academy student, Ken Chin, hasworked to lear...more
  • Southwestern Students Shone at ArtsFest - 05/09/2017 - Southwestern Academy hosted their 2017 ArtsFest on Thursday, April 27. The annual event included an evening of live, student-performed music as well as an outdoor art gallery with architectural drawings, photography, watercolor art, creative writing, stained g...more
  • An International Outlook - 05/09/2017 - Over the recent winter break, Art students from Southwestern Academy were assigned to go to a museum and report "live" coverage of their experiences. Tsubasa Furuichi (Kyoto, Japan), Natasha Masaya (Moscow, Russia), and Rain Liang (Macau) shared their insight ...more

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Southwestern Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 6-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1924 1910
Campus Size 8 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 144 students 300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1610 * 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 4 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $17 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$39,900 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,850 $28,200
Tuition international students $48,850 $47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $15,000 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsElena Lopez

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 4 16
CoursesAdvanced Math, Calculus, Creative Writing, English literature, Physics, US History, World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 5 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 23
ExtracurricularsChess Club, Chorus, Drama Club, Golf Club, Honor, Horseback Riding, International Club, Intramural Sports, Southwestern

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

  • 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
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