U. S. News & Report, January, 2010, lists Southwestern High School as one of the top high schools in the Nation!
Southwestern High School has also ranked in the top high schools in Kentucky on state mandated assessments for 2008 and 2009!
Southwestern High School has become the largest school
in Pulaski County, serving over 1300 students in grades 9 through 12.
Since opening in the fall of 1993, SWHS faculty and staff have striven
to provide a challenging, supportive and safe atmosphere in which all
students can reach their potential and become contributing members of
Southwestern High School is committed to excellence
through ongoing assessments and revisions and provides the expectations
and opportunities for all students to develop socially, emotionally,
intellectually, physically and artistically. SWHS has shown steady
progress toward all state and national educational goals and is proud to
be known as a successful school.
SWHS provides the academic structure for students to
select one of three diploma programs to meet their individual graduation
plan and career goals. Southwestern is known for ranking above the
state average in the number of students that earn the prestigious
Commonwealth Diploma. With over 65% of our graduates going on to post
secondary education, a large percentage of our students complete the
pre-college curriculum. Utilizing a block schedule format and well
qualified teachers, SWHS students have a wide variety of course
offerings to meet their individual needs and interests.
SWHS offers a variety of co-curricular clubs and
activities. All students are encouraged to participate in some type of
extra-curricular program or athletic program that is of interest to
them. Our experience has been that students involved in activities
beyond the typical school day tend to be more motivated toward success
in the classroom. SWHS has achieved notoriety through clubs and programs
such as the Raptor Program and Conservation Club and has been
designated as having the largest DECA Chapter in the state. Other
opportunities include Spanish Honor Society, FCA, FFA, FCCLA, Key Club,
STLP and numerous ROTC related teams and programs.
Graduates from each SWHS class typically are awarded
over one million dollars in scholarships for post-secondary education
opportunities. SWHS counselors work hard with the students to help
maximize their chances at scholarship awards. Students that qualify for
the Governor's Scholar Program and the National Merit Scholarship
Program especially benefit from scholarship opportunities. All students
are strongly encouraged to do their best in the classroom and to
contribute to the well being of their community through volunteer
programs and service organizations.
Southwestern High School is proud to be a part of the
Pulaski County Educational System and an integral part of the
surrounding community. Please feel welcome to join us as we prepare our
students to be the community leaders of tomorrow.
Author: Karen Cook, Guidance Counselor
2009-2010 School Year