Changes for Fall 2012
While the program and building will close, students will be reassigned to either Western or Northwestern high schools, depending on the student’s address. Southwestern High School is ranked in the lowest performing 5 percent of state schools. The program has lost more than 27 percent of its enrollment since 2009 and is expected to lose at least 31 percent over the next five years. Southwestern currently has only 583 students enrolled, who can be more efficiently accommodated at Western High School—with 800 empty seats—or Northwestern High School, which has 1,000 empty seats. This transition will improve student learning and reduce administrative and operational costs to the district.