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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Southwest High School is an above average, public school located in El Centro, CA. It has 2,114 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 20% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.

Southwest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
20%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1080
298 responses
Average ACT
22
104 responses
AP Enrollment
15%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$46,457
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$788
National
$949
Median Home Value
$182,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 86 responses
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  • Spirit week b/c everybody dresses funny.
    24%
  • Assemblies
    22%
  • Friday Football games
    15%
  • Dance/Theatre shows
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Orchestra and Band concerts
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,114
Free or Reduced Lunch
72%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.34 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.34 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.34 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$91,295
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.3%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.44 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.44 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.44 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,688/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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I love my school! We have such a wide and accepting community where we come together, all ethnicities and backgrounds, and learn. The teachers are amazing and in my 4 years here, I’ve learned that my real passion is Education. The reason how I figured it was what I wanted to do was because I would see all my teachers loving what they do. I could see their passion for teaching and how they would wake up everyday, ready to work and ready to be around us as students. I feel blessed to have met so many amazing people, of different backgrounds and different ideals because it has taught me how much of a melting pot we are and as a school, we embrace that!
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Southwest High School is a good school. Teachers strive to support and teach their students. There are clubs that support different social groups, such as the MeCha group that promotes Latino culture or the GSA club, which supports the school's LGBT community. Because the school is close to the Mexican border, most of the students are Latinos. But, there are also students of Asian, African American origin, among others. In sports, Southwest High School does not stand out much. As for music and arts, there is the mariachi group which is numerous. However, art classes were currently canceled (2020) due to a lack of specialized arts personnel. As for College readiness, we have counselors, who are specialized in guiding students to continue their high education. The food is regular, we receive fresh fruits as well as frozen food. The facilities are also regular. The school has a gym, a theater, soccer, tennis and basketball fields.
One of my favorite things about Southwest High School is the incredible staff and academic prgrams they have. For example their SACCHS and CTE pathways are amazing. I personally was a student enrolled in these programs. They provide studets with the opportunity to graduate as dental assistants or certified first responders! These opportunities are truly helpful and are not provided at many schools. The school has a great amount of resources available to students, but just like any high school, it lacks some resources in some areas such as enough textbook copies for students to have a set at home for homework and studying. Nevertheless, I don't think I could have gotten a better education or learning opportuity at any other high school in the imperial valley. The school is fairly new and does lack some culture to it, but that will develope with time.