About Us


Southwestern Academy

Here, you can reach your highest potential while taking college prep classes, participating in sports and activities, and making lifelong friendships. Our students study on two picturesque and complementary campuses in San Marino, California.

At Southwestern Academy:
  • A rigorous college prep curriculum
  • A supportive, caring community makes every student feel included
  • Small class sizes offer personal attention
  • An intensive ESL Program teaches English quickly
  • Our dedicated faculty inspire students
  • Two distinctive campuses provide beautiful settings
  • Extracurricular activities build well-rounded students
  • The international student body promotes multicultural understanding
“The Southwestern family has nurtured me so that I have become who I am today. It is more than just a school. Southwestern really is a big family where I know I belong.”



Southwestern Academy offers you something unique and special. It’s more than a place to maximize your learning, explore new interests, develop new talents, and prepare for the college of your choice. It’s also a place where you’ll belong. Our close-knit community of students and teachers provides a warm, supportive environment and personal attention.

Maurice Veronda founded Southwestern in 1924 among acres of orange groves in San Marino, California. Forty years later, we added a campus in Rimrock, Arizona in a stunning redrock canyon. For all these years, Southwestern Academy has proudly taught, nurtured, and shaped generations of young people. Today it operates as an independent, non-profit organization under my direction.

Though much has changed at Southwestern Academy during that time, the most important things have remained constant. The caring faculty, enthusiastic staff, and active student life programs help each student find his or her place in our community. Come see for yourself how good it feels at Southwestern.

Kenneth Veronda