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Southwestern Academy

Address: 2800 Monterey Rd, San Marino, CA 91108, USA
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Description Southwestern Academy

  • Established: in 1924
  • Location of Southwestern Academy: San Marino, California and Rimrock, Arizona, USA
  • Type of training: mixed
  • Type of accommodation: guest-house (residence).

The well-known private board of Southwestern Academy was founded in 1924: a mixed form of education was immediately accepted here (both boys and girls are taught on equal terms) and two equivalent campuses are based - one in San Marino (California), the other in Rimrock (Arizona). Educational programs - the course of middle and high school (+ graduating classes and preparation for the university). On both campuses, the same schedule and content of the curriculum are accepted, so students can participate in the internal school "student exchange" and study on another campus for a week, a month or even a semester.

Teachers practice an individual, personal approach to each student - classes include only 8-12 students, which gives each person maximum personal attention. Especially often this support is required for foreign students who first came to study in another country. In total, 30 specialists teach at both campuses - among them there are young teachers, and professors with vast experience (including with foreign students). The teaching principle includes a large number of interactive classes, a constant change in the format of lessons, oral work with the class and the maximum involvement of each student in the learning process.

The total number of Academy students today reaches 195 people: 50 study in Arizona (13 years), 145 in California (admission from 11 years), including 35 foreigners representing More than 25 foreign countries. All educational classes are formed, not based on the age of the students, but on their academic performance, achievements, level of knowledge. For example, a student of grade 9 may well enroll in an algebra courseII , an advanced level with alumni if ​​he "pulls" this complexity.

The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), occupies 44th in the ranking of the best private academies (according to Los Angeles Metro for 2016).

Graduates of the school enroll in the most prestigious and elite universities in the US and around the world, for example:

  • State University of New York
  • Braunschweig University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of California (Los Angeles) and others. Pepperdine University
  • The Pratt Institute of the Arts.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Southwestern Academy

Program name
from 51 500 $ / year

Quick overview: For international students of grades 5-9, a campus in San Marino is available (it accepts students from 6th to 12th grade and preparatory courses).

The entire training program is fully consistent with the strict national American standard:

  • English;
  • Physical culture and sports;
  • Mathematics;
  • Fine and stage art;
  • Theatrical skills;
  • Sociology;
  • Foreign languages;
  • Music art;
  • History;
  • Art;
  • Natural science.

International students can attend intensive supportive courses "English as a foreign language" (ESL), engage in the Summer School.

from 51 500 $ / year

Brief information: Education in the senior (9-12 class) is available on both campuses: both in California and San Marino. The curriculum includes all the core, core disciplines of the school curriculum - on the high-priority subjects one can emphasize and study at an advanced, more complex level:

  • English;
  • Physical culture and sports;
  • Mathematics;
  • Fine and stage art;
  • Theatrical skills;
  • Sociology;
  • Foreign languages;
  • Music art;
  • History;
  • Art;
  • Natural science.

The intensity of the classes helps to prepare well for enrolling in the chosen university - in general the whole program for high school students is built on the basis of the entrance requirements of the prestigious University of California. Foreign students can attend intensive supportive courses "English as a foreign language" (ESL), engage in the Summer School.

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from 12 500 $ / 4 weeks

Quick overview: A fascinating summer course for schoolchildren from around the world is offered at the Academy on both campuses: it is an excellent opportunity to tighten up your English while resting and spending time with pleasure in the company of new friends.

A general English program (General English course) is offered, if desired, the classes "English as a Foreign Language" (ESL), preparatory lessons on GPA, SAT, TOEFL can be added to the plan. All lessons are conducted in small classes with active involvement of interactive, game forms: thus new information is remembered as quickly and easily as possible, practically without the efforts of the students.

In our free time, a lot of leisure and entertainment activities are organized for students of the summer school:

  • Intellectual games;
  • Competitions;
  • Quizzes;
  • Sports and games;
  • Exciting excursions and hikes;
  • Walks and shopping;
  • Visiting the nearby attractions and much more!

Accommodation, housing and food

Directly on the campus in San Marino are male residences (double rooms), women's dormitories are about 1.5-2 kilometers (rooms for 2-4 people) - daily school staff organize a convenient quick transfer. Living rooms for rest, quiet classes for self-study and student kitchens pupils can visit absolutely freely, in general access to the floors there are also bathrooms.

In Rimrock, all international students live on the school grounds - they are provided with cozy, fully furnished and equipped with necessary equipment rooms for 2-3 people, which can be furnished to your liking. Bathrooms, toilets and kitchens are in free public access, as well as classes for classes and lounges for recreation.

Boarding: on weekdays three times a day, on weekends - twice (brunch and dinner). The diet is varied and balanced, completely covers all the needs of the young organism and is ready to surprise the students with something delicious every day.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : algebra, anatomy, art, astronomy, biology, British Literature, chemistry, Choral singing, computer literacy, economics, English, geography, Geometry, History of art, humanitarian sciences, Information Technology, journalism, maths, music, Natural science, Physical culture and sports sciences, physics, physiology, public speaking, Spanish, technology, the photo, US policy and government, Visual arts, western civilization, World culture, world literature,  Creative writing,  History of america,  Modern history

Events Southwestern Academy

The extra-curricular program of the Academy enables students to succeed not only in the academic, but also in the creative, social and sports fields. There are several clubs and communities of interest on a regular basis, volunteer and charity projects, creative sessions, exhibitions and performances are organized. Especially worth noting is the developed dramatic art - on both campuses every year several performances and plays are organized, which are almost entirely organized by the students themselves.

Students can also practice music (singing in choir or solo, playing musical instruments), improve in painting, drawing or computer graphics, study multimedia directions, fashion design or general theory and art history.

Students keep up with the sport: thanks to the fact that the school is a member of the School Federation of California, it constantly participates in various tournaments and competitions - basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, running, baseball and other sports. Campus students in Rimrock can take part in the sporting events of the Northern Arizona Sports Conference: most often volleyball, golf, basketball, horse riding, football, cross country. Beaver Creek is located almost in the neighborhood of a huge forest reserve, which opens tremendous opportunities for equestrian sport, hikes and walks, excursions to environmental themes, astronomical observations, fishing, mountain biking.

Equipment Southwestern Academy

The school has two equally comfortable campuses:

  • The San Marino office is located in transport accessibility from Los Angeles and Pasadena, in a quiet, calm and respectable green suburb. Students can freely use a variety of sports fields and playing fields, scientific and practical laboratories and a large multimedia center with the latest PCs. There are numerous craft workshops and creative studios, its own chapel.
  • Campus in Rimrock, Arizona, called Beaver Creek Ranch: to the nearest developed city of Sedon is only 12 kilometers. School territory is located practically inside one of the famous canyons of northern Arizona - this is absolutely spectacular in beauty place! On the entire campus is available fast Wi-Fi. There are creative studios and mugs, for recreation there is a huge living room with a fireplace, upholstered furniture, a rich set of board games and even a telescope.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Tuition fees for boarding students includes:

  • Accommodation;
  • Meals.

The dates and the cost of summer programs depend on the chosen place of stay:

  • Campus in San Marino: 12 June to 1 September;
  • Campus in Beaver Creek: from June 19 to August 11.

Some services are paid additionally to tuition fee:

  • Educational deposit; 
  • Registration fee;
  • Round trip airfare;
  • Transfer in both directions;
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents;
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy);
  • Compulsory health insurance;
  • Personal pocket expenses.

Extra fees:

  • Deposit for a course/programme 2000 USD
  • Application fee 100 USD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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