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.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Southwestern AcademyBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19241910
Campus Size8 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment144 students300 students
% Students of Color
15%
20%
% International Students
52%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
66%
Average SAT Score1610* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered416
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$17 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$39,900$52,698
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,850$28,270
Tuition international students$48,850$47,400
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$15,000$22,380
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
60%
57%
Director of AdmissionsElena Lopez

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered416
CoursesAdvanced Math, Calculus, Creative Writing, English literature, Physics, US History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered514
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations923
ExtracurricularsChess Club, Chorus, Drama Club, Golf Club, Honor, Horseback Riding, International Club, Intramural Sports, Southwestern

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pepperdine University6
University of California, Los Angeles6
Syracuse University4
University of Virginia3
Boston College2
Boston University2
OTIS College of Art & Design2
Harvey Mudd College1
Swarthmore College1
University of California, Berkley1
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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