Southwest High School supports the educational needs of all students. Our primary focus is preparing all students for college. Most courses and programs at Southwest High School are considered to be college preparatory or college equivalent. Students are expected to learn at high levels and are supported to succeed at academic challenges.
Southwest High School is an IB World School. Starting with the 2009-10 school year, all ninth grade students will belong to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). All ninth and tenth grade students will be part of the Middle Years Programme beginning with the 2010-11 school year. Southwest offers a full range of studies in grades 11 and 12 through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) and the Advanced Placement (AP) program. We expect students to take DP and AP classes as well as test in either or both the DP and AP program.
Fine Arts at Southwest is a fully developed program of study reaching out to all grades and departments. We offer a full range of courses in dance, vocal and instrumental music, art and theater. A variety of performances are produced in the school and throughout the community. Students have opportunities to work within their own productions, with professionals from other institutions and with the excellent professional Southwest staff.
Southwest is the only Minneapolis high school that offers American Sign Language as a World Language.
Southwest offers special needs classes for students identified as needing such supports. Students with a native language other than English are supported through services offered in specific classes and throughout the school. All students are expected to establish personal life goals and are educationally supported to reach those goals.
AP = Advanced Placement
IB = International Baccalaureate
SL = Standard Level
HL1 = Higher Level Year 1
HL2 = Higher Level Year 2