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About Southwest

Southwest High School prepares students to compete in a global market. Continuously ranked among the best high schools in Minnesota, Southwest challenges students to think critically and engage in their learning.

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3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Phone: 612-668-3030
Fax: 612-668-3080

Grades: 9-12

Principal: Dr. Edward Bennett

Assistant Principals: Adan Ali, Jessica Busse, & Megan Paulis de Rangel

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Southwest values the richness that comes from a diversity of ideas, experiences, beliefs, and backgrounds interacting within our community. 

We take pride in providing open access to advanced courses for all students, as well as extensive special education programs. Southwest also offers concurrent enrollment options.

Southwest is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School with a rigorous academic program that prepares students for college, career and life. We are authorized in the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related Programme (CP). The MYP provides a solid foundation of inquiry and critical thinking for all students in grades 9-10. In 11th grade, students may opt to participate in either the CP, which focuses on a career pathway in business, computer science, graphic arts, and music, or the DP, which focuses on rigorous liberal arts coursework.

3 SWHS Students

At a Glance

  • International Baccelaureate (IB) Program consisting of; IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP), Careers Programme (IBCP), and Diploma Programme (IBDP)
  • College credits through AP, CIS, PSEO, and others  
  • Career prep classes in business, computer science, and health
  • World languages: French, Spanish, Japanese and ASL
  • Special Education services with specialized autism, developmental/cognitive and learning disability programming
  • Mainstreamed and individual EL services
  • Athletics and after-school activities
  • Celebrated fine arts programming

Transportation: High School Go-To Pass