SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY’S 95th SCHOOL YEAR is proving to be full of excitement for our boys and girls at both campuses. We’ve held our informative ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR in December and wrapped up the basketball season with improving teams. We now look forward to a promising Spring season for our coed baseball and boys’ volleyball teams. Along with academics, boys and girls at both campuses enjoy educational field trips during the week, as well as volunteering, social & hiking trips on the weekends.

MANY WONDERFUL NIGHTS of student choreographed shows and prepared dinners are scheduled. We’ve already enjoyed JAPANESE & KOREAN show & dinner on October 17th, EUROPEAN CABARET on November 14th, CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration & dinner on February 5th, SOUTHEAST ASIAN show & dinner on March 6th. We hope you can join us in San Marino’s Lincoln Hall for the upcoming International Nights of SEDER DINNER on April 17th (offsite), MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN show & dinner on May 8th, culminating with our world-famous CARNIVAL/LUAU on May 15th, hosted by International Club. We do ask that guests sign up in advance so students may prepare enough food for all. Sign-up sheets are posted on the general bulletin board the week prior to the event.

THIRD QUARTER REVIEW WEEK is March 25 – 29. QUARTER EXAMINATION WEEK begins Monday, April 1, and is completed Friday, April 5. We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of  review and testing. FOURTH QUARTER will begin Tuesday, April 16th. REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, APRIL 19th.

PLAN AHEAD! SPRING BREAK begins after exams and Anniversary Antics on Friday, APRIL 5th. Students may leave after exams on Friday, April 5th, after 4:30 p.m., or on Saturday, April 6th. Students should return to their dorms on Monday, APRIL 15, by 8:00 p.m. Classes resume Tuesday morning, April 16th. Please help remind your student of vacation homework that is due upon their return from all breaks throughout the school year. Class assignments will be posted on our website’s “CURRENT STUDENTS” section located here at the start of vacation breaks.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO ARTSFEST 2019, on Thursday, April 25th, 3:00-8:00 p.m., San Marino campus. ArtsFest is our annual celebration and presentation of all visual and performing art students’ work throughout the year. We invite you to take in all the sights, sounds and yes, even smells … Student Government alongside our Economics classes will offer popcorn and fresh-squeezed orange juice for sale.

SECOND SEMESTER REVIEW WEEK is May 28 – May 30. SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS begin Friday, May 31st, and are completed Wednesday, June 5th. We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of review and testing. REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, June 14th.

PLAN AHEAD! GRADUATION and the Last Day of School is Thursday, June 6th. SUMMER BREAK begins and students may leave after graduation and award ceremonies on Thursday, JUNE 6th, at about 2:30 p.m. Students attending SUMMER school should refer to their schedule on when to return to dorms. The 2019-20 school year Opening Day is Tuesday, September 3rd. Look for the annual calendar for the 2019-20 school year in your email inbox in the Summer.

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 2018-2019 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. To keep up with our events, you may also look up the Annual Calendar and Holiday Travel Dates to book early for the school year. Please check here for important dates and answers for questions, but please don’t hesitate to email or call however we can help you.

HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SEE ‘SUNSPOTS’ – THE STUDENTS’ HOMEMADE NEWSCAST? It is on line fresh each week. 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!