School Details

Southwestern High School

167 South Main Cross Street, Hanover, IN 47243
(812) 866-1241

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 422 students 15 students/teacher (IN avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


End-Of-Course (ECA)

In 2011-2012 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Southwestern-Jefferson Co Con average
  • Indiana state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southwestern High School is a public high school in Hanover. The principal of Southwestern High School is Mr Jeff Bates. 422 students go to Southwestern High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0.5% of the Southwestern High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 422 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Southwestern High School is 15:1. Madison Consolidated High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 95% 93%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Hispanic 1% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 0.7%
Asian 0.7% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.08%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.08%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 53%
Limited English proficiency 0.5% 0.8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Southwestern High School and I dropped out when I was 15 and most of the teachers did not act at all concerned. I was pretty popular middle class back then but the bullying there was horrific. The teachers would do nothing to stop it Thank god my parents had me home schooled and I am now a well payed and respected individual. Most of the teachers that were there are retired now so hopefully things have improved greatly.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a 2009 graduate of Southwestern High School and I must say the school is really subpar. While safety was a great concern of school officials education was not. I remember our school scoring very low on tests my whole time there. I go to IU now and am honestly ashamed to say I went to Southwestern. The teachers are for the most part nice but sometimes not really fit for the job. English teachers didn't seem to agree with each other on correct formats for papers how to write papers etc. and that was very confusing. I feel I was one of the lucky ones to have made it out and went to a college other than Ivy Tech. My recommendation? If you're moving to the area go a little further east to Shawe Memorial or Madison. Both offer better teachers and a better learning environment. Southwestern is known for its misbehavior.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at Southwestern High School and while there are obviously downsides to Southwestern there are downsides everywhere you go. I feel very safe attending SHS and believe the administration is doing its' best to provide a safe learning environment for its' students. As to the teachers I agree that there are few teachers that may or may not be well educated in their subject. However the abundance of teachers who do know more than compensate for those who do not. As to favoritism I neither come from money nor have a 'well known' name. I'm treated just as equally because I work hard and keep a positive friendly attitude. I love my school and will be proud to say I graduated from Southwestern High School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I just graduated from Southwestern and found the high school and middle school experience to be far from satisfactory. While most people are nice and the school is fair that hardly matters with the level of incompetence throughout the teaching staff. Many of the teachers would be fired immediately or not even hired if they tried to get a job at a larger more respected school. The schools test scores are far below average and the teaching is to blame. Many of the students in my graduating class will not attend college not only due to academics but also because they were never helped or guided along their college search. With just a few exceptions the teaching staff at this school is not well learned and rather embarrassing. It does not make me feel good when I or another student knows more about a topic than the teacher does.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attened southwestern now. Overall the teachers are pretty decent but i totally agree with the whole unfairness thing. Most money made for extra-curricular activities (sports) are given to our basketball team leaving other sports like swimming show choir (ect.) Having to make thier own money and barley getting by. As for strictness; they really need to decide on a dress code i mean they have one in both the high school and the middle school but it only really applies in the middle school i mean i have had friends who have worn things 'not dress code' but when we are passing through the high school we see girls with nearly the same outfits on! they really should make things a little more fair

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to school here for 8 years and i find it to be below average. I transferred to madison my freshman year and i was way behind. I think they need to improve on their learning techniques.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school and my daughter is a senior there as well. The teachers (for the most part) are very supportive of the students academically as well as athletically. They take extra time to explain lessons and spend a lot of time off the clock with the kids going to sporting events. The parent that reviewed this school as being biased and strict must have a troubled student because I have not seen nor heard of special treatment in the 20+ years that I have been involved with SW. Some kids are more popular both with students and teachers but that is par for the course in a small town. Drugs are not much of a problem here nor mischief. Students form very close friendships and support each other without question. The facilities are kept clean and in good repair. GO REBELS

  • (8 years ago)

    Overall Southwestern is a good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children goes/went to this school. They are not fair to all children some get special attention compared to others mainly based on wether they have money or they are on a sports team. Their teachers arn't very good and they keep changing the classes they went from block to 6 periods(now) to trimesters (next year). They are too strict on the kids and even more so the clothes and bookbags.

  • (9 years ago)

    I encourage you to consider Southwestern as thte right school for your son or daughter. This school has a loving and caring staff to look over and assist your childs needs. This school is a great place for children to make friends and grow up. Please don't take my word for it find out your self.

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