Southwestern Academy

Founded in 1924 when San Marino was covered in orange groves, Southwestern Academy has become a school rich in culture and diversity.
For 99 years, we have supported the educational needs of both domestic and international students in grades 6-12.
Our close-knit community of faculty and staff make every student feel like part of our family.
Southwestern Academy has a picturesque campus with boarding and day classes in San Marino, California.
Our unique campus provides a peaceful, safe, and beautiful space for students to thrive.
Our small class settings allow students to receive the attention they require while maximizing their abilities to develop. Academic programs on both campuses include college preparatory courses, ELL classes (for English Language Learners), and post graduate curricula.
Extracurricular activities include soccer, tennis, volleyball, music, visual/media arts, basketball, and baseball along with several clubs suited for a variety of interests.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 70 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $47,700
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Southwestern Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
70 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Southwestern Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
6 courses
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
slacks, button up shirts, tennis shoes, dresses, skirts, blouses

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Cost is for US boarding students; aid is available for outstanding applicants. International boarding student tuition and fees $50,500
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Elena Lopez
Admissions Associate
Daisy Barrios


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Drama, Photography, Student Government

Club or Organization:
Ambassadors, Chess Club, Interact Club, International Club, Southwestern Arts Association (SAS), Southwestern Environmental Associates

School Notes

Southwestern Academy seeks students who:
  • Are serious about preparing for college
  • Want small class sizes and individual attention from their teachers
  • Are willing to be challenged to think independently and who want to take an active role in their own education
  • Want to be part of a small and close-knit campus community with students from around the world
  • Are willing to serve others and are generous with their time and talents
  • Are excited about outdoor learning and outdoor activities
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Tom and Dick Smothers - Entertainers
    • Pete McCloskey - Congressman
    • Riki Ellison - Pro football; political action head
    • George Ruhlen - Medal of Honor winner
    • Nikola Stajszczak - Polish Model
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Southwestern Academy cost?
Southwestern Academy's tuition is approximately $47,700 for private students.
What schools are Southwestern Academy often compared to?
Southwestern Academyis often viewed alongside schools like Verde Valley School by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of Southwestern Academy?
The acceptance rate of Southwestern Academy is 50%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Southwestern Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Southwestern Academy?
Southwestern Academy famous alumni include: Tom and Dick Smothers, Pete McCloskey, Riki Ellison, George Ruhlen and Nikola Stajszczak.
Does Southwestern Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Southwestern Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Southwestern Academy offer?
Southwestern Academy offers 7 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball and Weightlifting.
What is Southwestern Academy's ranking?
Southwestern Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Southwestern Academy?
The application deadline for Southwestern Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
I attended from 8th through 12th grade at the Beaver Creek Campus. The campus was beautiful, and I learned so much about different cultures and made friends with people I still hold dear 30+ years later.
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I had the blessing of attending SWA Beaver Creek. It has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. It was an excellent opportunity to grow personally and professionally as a student.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 70 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $47,700
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Los Angeles County, CA is $16,443 for elementary schools and $21,177 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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