BEAVER CREEK RANCH CAMPUS SUMMER SEMESTER EXAMINATION WEEK is from Monday, August 5, through Friday, August 9.

SAN MARINO CAMPUS SUMMER SEMESTER EXAMINATION WEEK is from Monday, August 26, through Thursday, August 29.

OUR SUMMERS at both Beaver Creek Ranch and San Marino have been great fun, as well as academically productive for those taking credit classes. All summer, boys and girls at both campuses enjoy frequent field trips with their classes, as well as all-day trips each week to such places as Knott’s Berry Farm, the Getty Museum, Walnut Canyon National Monument, and Raging Waters to name a few. See our Southwestern Academy page on Facebook for frequent updates and pictures of activities here.

WHILE THE STUDENTS are learning and having fun, our campus crews are busy with summertime remodeling, painting, and some renovations. The Dining Hall in San Marino campus’ Pioneer Hall is going through a major renovation to create an open floor plan, complete with a beverage station and new tables & chairs throughout. At both campuses, most dorms and classrooms are repainted each summer, and the fine oak floors in San Marino are refinished.

OUR FACULTY AND STAFF will be meeting the week of August 26th, in part to review handbooks, meet with departments, and prepare classrooms for the new school year. Student government officers and Proctors come to campus August 30th to meet over the weekend and to be ready to welcome all students and families on Tuesday afternoon September 3rd.

OUR FALL TERM OPENS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd at both campuses. Resident students should arrive on campus between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All students and their families, resident or commuting, are invited to join in a casual barbecue dinner between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. to meet teachers and classmates.

ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th, ALL STUDENTS COME TO THE ASSEMBLY ROOMS at 8:00 a.m. It’s a busy day of testing and placement into classes. The first day of instruction will be Thursday, September 5th. And we’re off and running for Southwestern’s 96th year.

ALL RESIDENT STUDENTS are reminded to send information of their travel plans to the Student Office: Students arriving at either LAX or PHX airports are urged to let us know however we can help with transport to our campuses.

STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOKS for 2019-2020 are posted on line at the school’s web page. The easiest way to find them is to go to the “DOWNLOAD CENTER” at the top right of the home page, where the handbooks are posted. There’s also information on “What to Bring for Dorms” and calendars for the new school year.

SUMMER READING suggestions for middle and high school students are also available online by clicking on “CURRENT STUDENTS” from the home page, plus a reminder to all students that reports on a minimum of three summer reading books will be due in their English classes during the first week of the new term. But don’t hesitate to email or call however we can help you.

‘SUN SPOTS’ – THE STUDENTS’ HOMEMADE NEWSCAST – will be on line fresh each Monday after the school year begins. Right now, there are several interesting “SunSpots” from last year’s crew. We hope you take five minutes every week and hear the student reports on activities, athletics, and opinions. You’ll see some familiar faces too – including your own boy or girl. From wherever you are, go to our home page – – and see the ‘YouTube’ video link at the bottom. Or to link directly to the latest ‘SUN SPOTS,” go to our Southwestern Videos YouTube page here. Great fun!