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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 144 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $47,700
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Southwestern Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
6-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1924
1907
Campus Size
8 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
144 students
304 students
% Students of Color
15%
26%
% International Students
52%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
70%
Average SAT Score
1250
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
9 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
6
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,700
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
$34,900
Tuition international students
$54,100
$55,000
Summer Program Cost
$19,950
(Our summer program has different lengths consisting of 12 or 6 week sessions. Shorter sessions may be requested.)
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$15,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
60%
60%
Director of Admissions
Elena Lopez

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
6
17
Courses
Advanced Math, Calculus, Creative Writing, English literature, Physics, US History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
4
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
7
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Association, Campus LIfe Club, Chess Club, Environmental Club, Interact Club, International Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports

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

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"
  • Southwestern Academy 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
    • Nikola Stajszczak - Polish Model
Source: Verified school update

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Review
Description

Class of 2001
5.00
UCR
Southwestern Academy is completely different from conventional schools.Classes have many interactive activities. After classes, extracurricular activities are endless.I also loved field-trips and volunteering in local community projects.Because of the dormitory, students of. . .
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 6-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 144 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $47,700
  • Acceptance rate: 60%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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