Southwest High School is the largest high school in the Minneapolis Public School district, serving approximately 1900 students. Southwest students speak 29 different languages, and over 12% of the student body is served by the English Language Learner (ELL) program. Nearly 12% of students receive academic support from a wide range of special educational services. Additionally, 38% of students meet federal poverty guidelines, qualifying them for free or reduced lunch.
As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Southwest has a long-standing history of academic excellence. We offer the Diploma Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and the Career-related Programme which focuses on business and computer science. Southwest offers Advanced Placement courses to students. Our extensive Special Education programs serve a variety of student needs. Southwest takes great pride in providing open access to advanced course offerings to all students.
As an IB world school, we place high value in the richness that comes from the diversity of ideas, experiences, beliefs, and backgrounds interacting within our community. We strive to foster a learning environment where our students can practice and demonstrate the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Within this framework, Southwest purposefully integrates fine arts, both performing and visual, into the curriculum to create pathways to holistic learning for all students.
Southwest, a Community Partnership School, relies on the participation and involvement of its stakeholders and promotes shared leadership through collaboration between administration, leadership council and committees made up of students, families, and staff. Southwest students are acutely aware of both their role within the global community and their ability to be agents of change. They are committed to social justice and the betterment of the local and global communities.
Knowledge and Experience
Administrative experience leading a large, urban, diverse, public high school
Teaching experience at the high school level
Experience developing strategies to achieve equitable outcomes for diverse students and creating opportunities so that every student fully participates in the learning process
Understanding of and experience with using funding sources, including federally-funded programs, and distributing funds to creatively meet school priorities and needs
Knowledge of and experience with designing and implementing school-wide systems using best practices for 21st century teaching and learning to promote success for all students
Equity – ensures that students are provided the tools they need to succeed, regardless of background, race, color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, nation of origin, native language, socioeconomic status or any other factor
Inclusion – recognizes, respects, reaches and engages students, families and staff from diverse backgrounds, abilities, cultures, promoting a school culture of inclusion
Vision – articulates and inspires a strong, clear organizational vision for a large public institution.
Advocacy – takes a stand for school (students and staff) priorities with the district, school board, and community
Communication – shares information with and listens to learn from all stakeholders with a focus on transparency and clarity
Interpersonal – builds strong relationships and partnerships with students, staff, families, and others
Community-building - brings diverse groups of staff, students, and families together to build mutual understand and achieve goals
Problem-solving – creative and resourceful in finding solutions to difficult problems
Decision-making – acts decisively in a timely manner, consulting with others as appropriate, and makes decisions using fair and equitable processes supported by data
Shared Leadership – empowers staff, students, and families to have a voice and participate in setting goals and making decisions
Management – oversees and delegates work providing ongoing guidance and opportunities for shared responsibility to support and lead staff; gives and welcomes constructive feedback
Student-focused – keeps student experiences and outcomes central to all decisions while understanding and supporting staff needs and development
Community-based – welcomes and leverages parent and community involvement
IB – values and supports International Baccalaureate programmes to develop globally-minded students who are creative and analytical thinkers
Arts-integrated - focuses on integrating the visual and performing arts as pathways to learning
Equity lens – fosters a learning environment that is mindful of biases and creates a diverse and inclusive school climate
Integrity – behaves honestly and truthfully, upholding all ethical standards and principles
Professionalism – is respectful and sensitive to the needs and feelings of students, staff, and families
Open – is curious, open-minded, and embraces new and different people, ideas, and circumstances
Approachable – welcoming and easy to talk to
Collaborative – is cooperative and supportive when working in partnership with others
Culturally Competent – aware of own culture and perspectives on differences; values and respects the traditions of others; learns from and adapts to different cultural and community norms to fully engage with students and families
Visible – maintains a positive presence at Southwest High School, Southwest sponsored activities and events, and within the community
About Minneapolis Public Schools
Who we are
We are MPS. We turn everyday achievement into student achievement. Minneapolis Public Schools embraces diversity in our students, in our staff and in the programs we offer to accelerate learning.
Where we are located
We serve students and families throughout Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota. View directions to our schools and administrative buildings.
What we offer
We offer students and families a wide range of tools to make their education successful.
Before and after school child care. Minneapolis Kids provides high quality school-age child care for families. The program offers a safe, nurturing, educational and recreational experience where children develop friendships, independence, and confidence.
Caring teachers. Our teachers are dedicated, passionate and committed to closing the achievement gap and raising the bar for all students. The Milken Educator Awards, considered the Oscars of teaching, have recognized eight MPS educators since the program began in 1997, more than any other school district in the state of Minnesota.
Community partnerships. The generosity of volunteers, local businesses and organizations impacts student achieveme...nt. Our community consistently demonstrates that it cares about our students and schools.
Early Childhood Education. Supports and promotes healthy growth and development of children birth to age seven to ensure school readiness and school success.
English Language Learners. Our diverse community is our biggest asset. We welcome new families and stand ready; offering bilingual support staff in our schools and offices.
Healthy meals. Breakfast is offered at no charge daily to every student and our lunch program is award-winning.
Lifelong learning. Adult basic education courses are offered year-round.
Parental Involvement Opportunities. Parents can utilize online tools, participate in school organizations and enroll in groups like CPEO to equip their family with information that will help their students soar. Parent involvement supports success in school.
Paths to graduation. Career and College Centers are located in every high school and our services are flexible enough to meet a wide range of student needs and schedules.
Rigorous academic programs. MPS offers the prestigious the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, as well as College in Schools (CIS), Career and Technical Education, advanced World Language programs and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework to support our students educational growth.
School Choice. Our staff is ready and eager to help families find the right school for their child. We offer popular magnet programs and community schools. Every family has an option to select the school that best meets their needs.
Special Education. MPS staff members are experts at helping students with unique challenges develop to their fullest potential.
Year-round learning opportunities. In addition to classes offered September through June, our students may enroll in summer classes to accelerate learning year-round.
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