Southwestern Academy

 
2800 Monterey Road - San Marino, CA 91108 USA (626) 799-5010 http://www.southwesternacademy.edu/
Boarding School | Day School | Junior Boarding School | Small Boarding School

History

Southwestern Academy was founded in San Marino on April 7, 1924, by Maurice Veronda, who personally directed its growth until his death in 1961. His philosophies and efforts resulted in much international recognition of his name and of the school as a special, successful place for students wanting to reach higher personal goals.

Southwestern continues as a non-profit educational corporation under a Board of Trustees. Kenneth Veronda has been headmaster since his father's death.

The school's name recognizes the unique spirit of the Southwestern United States, and the double-arrow design of the logo commemorates Indian villages that were located along the streams at both our California and Arizona campuses before European settlement.

The San Marino Campus is part of an original Spanish grant later legalized by Abraham Lincoln. The old rancho had been planted in orange and avocado trees when Southwestern opened in 1924. Pioneer Hall, the original building, was the home of California governor George Stoneman.

The Beaver Creek Ranch Campus was added in 1963, as San Marino's elegant homes began to surround the California campus and replace outdoor activities with citified opportunities. Located in the heart of Yavapai Apache cowboy country, Beaver Creek was homesteaded under a grant from Theodore Roosevelt, then became an elegant hunting resort before Southwestern's boys and girls came to enjoy the spectacular setting.

Southwestern Academy's seventy-seven year heritage includes a unique spirit that permeates the Academy’s trustees, staff, students, alumni, and friends, to work “for the highest good”, as stated in the motto of the school, pro summo bono

Overview

Region
Pasadena CA Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
Junior Boarding School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 6 - 12 PG
Grade Divisions
Post Graduate
Secondary
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Suburban
Campus Size (Acres) 8
Head of School Kenneth R. Veronda

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.southwesternacademy.edu/
Director of Admission Maia Moore
Admission Application Apply to Southwestern Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $100
Application Deadline(s) US citzens no deadline; International Dec 1 - March 1
Financial Aid Deadline(s) March 15
Financial Aid Awarded $442,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid about 20%
Admission Tests Accepted
ISEE
Other (HSPT; ACT; PSAT; SAT)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $16,550.00
Boarding Student Tuition $33,750.00
International Student Tuition $41,000.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 170
Boys 105
Girls 65
% Boys/Girls 60% boys; 40 % girls
Boarding Students CA=120; AZ=40
Day Students CA=50
International
Canada
China
Germany
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Korea
Other (Costa Rica, Congo, UAE,)
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Venezuela
United States
Arizona
California
Colorado
Oregon
Washington
Majority of students come from Southwest
% of Students of Color 15
% of International Students 70

Academics

Full Time Faculty 23
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 60
% of Faculty with Doctorate 1
% of Faculty with Masters 12
Student/Faculty ratio 6:1
Average Class Size 9
Special Academic Support Programs
ESL
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Creative Writing
Drama
Earth Science
Ecology
Economics
English
English as a Second Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
Expository Writing
Fine Arts
Geography
Geometry
Government/Civics
Grammar
Health
History
Journalism
Mathematics
Music
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Science
Social Science
Social Studies
Spanish
World Culture
World History
World Literature
Writing
A.P. Courses Offered
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
English Literature
European History
Studio Art
US History

College Placement Office

Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Baylor University, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Drexel University,George Washington University, Mt. Holyoke College, Pennsylvania State University, St. Louis University, Smith College, University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Riverside); Cal Poly Pomona, Loyola Marymount University, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Xavier University
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100 %

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
soccer
track and field
volleyball
Recreational Sports
basketball
camping
equestrian
fishing
golf
hiking
mountain biking
outdoor club/skills
sand volleyball
soccer
swimming
table tennis
tennis
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
Art Club
Astronomy Club
Choir
Community Service Program
International Club
Literary Magazine
Newspaper
Other (Chess)
Photography Club
Student Government
Tour Guides
Yearbook

Notes

We also have another campus in Northern Arizona. It is in a beautiful canyon near Sedona and Flagstaff.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): March 15
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $442,000
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: about 20%

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