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About This School

Southwest Open Charter School is a charter high school in Cortez. 176 students attend Southwest Open Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Hispanic. 63% of the 176 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southwest Open Charter School is 16:1. Montezuma-Cortez High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 55%
Native American or Native Alaskan 31% 29%
Hispanic 12% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Multiracial 0% %
Asian 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 52%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    SWOS helped me discover my true potential in every aspect of my life. Before SWOS I didn't know where my life was taking me. I had no goals and no vision but that all changed when I started to attend SWOS. The staff there are amazing and they don't ever give up on students but rather challenge them in ways that make it possible for students to accomplish. I felt like a regect that belong nowhere but SWOS opened my eyes and exposed me to great people both staff and students. This is definitely a place where students who wouldn't talk to eachother actually communicate. I graduated from SWOS in 2005 but even after I continue to go back to visit. They even helped me with getting into college. Because of SWOS my life is so much better. Anyone would be luck for their child to go to school here. Mary Rose Silas Proud Former Student.

  • (4 years ago)

    SWOS offers an educational environment that is seldom found anywhere. The student is more important than the standards and the learning is more important than the budget. This is where education make sense!

  • (6 years ago)

    I had origanally gone to three other highschools before I found SWOS. At SWOS the teachers taught me to be creative in ways that I was never able to use before. I was allowed to make my own choices and I was in charge of being responsible for my own education. It taught me that in real life there is no one to blame but myself and that if I want to be respected by others I need to respect myself and also to respect all those around me. The trips were amazing along with pearsonal involvement from all the teacers and pearsonal help in whatever way that I asked. They let me be free to make my own decisions and mistakes. I couldn't have found another school more wonderfull to graduate from and I give them credit for helping me become a better student and a better pearson.

  • (7 years ago)

    I too enjoyed April's SWOS Gallery Night (my 4th) --- High-schoolers can be so difficult to connect with but through your Gallery Nights you've created periodic moments where it is possible to genuinely connect(regarding school & education)with my child and I think it's a great thing. Another thing I've really gotten a kick out of during Gallery Nights is seeing the flashes of enthusiasm and sense of personal pride & accomplishments shine through the students despite their best efforts at that teenage shell of cynical-aloofness. ~~ very cool! Cortez area kids are lucky your Charter has been renewed so they will continue have an option toward receiving a fulfilling complete High School experience in an alternative manner. Bravo to all involved with SWOS's

  • (7 years ago)

    To SWOCS I and my husband would like to praise the teachers and students for the awesome job they all did for Gallery nite! It was so well done! To see the difference from the fall gallery nite and this springs gallery nite - what a difference! All the work the teachers spent and done with these kids and the work the students did themselves was all worth the effort! We so enjoyed everything we saw. Even with our own son what a difference a few months can make. Thanks for all that you all do for our kids and for making a difference in their lives.

  • (7 years ago)

    SouthWest Open School was really a great influence on the lives of myself and my brother. My brother and I both spent all of our high school years at SWOS and it was great. We got to see so many things that wouldn't have been possible without SWOS. The life experience we got and the trips we went on were priceless. After I graduated I could really tell that I grew as a person. I learned a ton got to see some great stuff and had a wonderful high school experience in general. Now how many people can say that?

  • (8 years ago)

    This sample school has done tremendous amount of work for my two children my son attended and graduated 3 years ago and now my daughter has been attending there for 2 years and is now preparing for graduation this spring i mean i'm just so thrilled that they are finally happy to be in school! the level of parent involvement could be a lot higher for thats all a lot of children need is their parents involved also even though there is no basketball football softball there still is a majority of other activities such as photography kayaking rockclimbing bowling snowboarding&skiing programs as well as after school english classes! i strongly support this school the admirable teachers and their system of work ethic! so please don't bash until you know what this schoool truely is all about!!

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