Southwest High School (El Centro, California)

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Southwest High School
2001 Ocotillo Drive
El Centro, California
United States
Coordinates 32°46′33.6″N 115°34′53.99″W / 32.776000°N 115.5816639°W / 32.776000; -115.5816639Coordinates: 32°46′33.6″N 115°34′53.99″W / 32.776000°N 115.5816639°W / 32.776000; -115.5816639
Type Public
Established 1996 (1996)
School district Central Union High School District
Principal Bernardo Valenzuela
Grades 9-12

Purple, Gold, Black

Mascot Eagles
Newspaper The Talon
Yearbook The "Aerie"

Southwest High School (known as Southwest, SHS, or AltEd) is a 4 to 5 year public high school in El Centro, California that serves approximately 2,300 students by utilizing an alternative teaching approach designed to meet the unique learning challenges of its diverse population.[1] Southwest is one of the 3 high schools within the Central Union High School District. It has been a California Distinguished School. It is home to the Southwest High School Eagles.


  • ASB
  • Mock Trial
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club
  • Best Friends Club
  • Mexican-American Club
  • Yearbook Club
  • AVID Club
  • Academic Decathlon
  • MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Club
  • Native American Club
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • Orchestra Club
  • Rock Combo Club
  • SAVAPA Theatre
  • SAVAPA Dance
  • SAVAPA Art
  • SAVAPA Music
  • SAVAPA Design and Animation
  • Travel Club
  • Pawsitivity Club
  • Outdoors Club

Music programs[edit]

  • Women's Choir
  • Men's Choir
  • Ladies' Ensemble
  • SAVAPA Music
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Guitar
  • Orchestra (Cadet, Philharmonic, Chamber)


SHS competes in the Imperial Valley League in the California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section. The school's teams are called the Eagles

Fall Sports

  • Cross Country (JV, Varsity) (Co-ed)
  • American Football (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Girls Volleyball (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Girls Tennis (JV, Varsity)

Winter Sports

  • Soccer (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Basketball (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Girls Basketball (Frosh, JV, Varsity)

Spring Sports

  • Baseball (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Softball (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Track (JV, Varsity)
  • Swim (Frosh, JV, Varsity)
  • Boys Tennis (JV, Varsity)


  • Cheerleading (JV, Varsity)

Graduation requirements[edit]

Southwest High School and the Central Union High School District follow the (A-G) requirements which are [2]

  • 200 Credits
  • 2.0 Grade Point Average or above from grades 9 through 12 (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) Year.

MUST pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) with a 350 or above in order to graduate.

  • English – 8 Semesters (4 Years) (40 credits)

-English 9 -English 10

-English 11 -English 12

  • Social Science – 6 Semesters (3 Years) (30 credits)

-World History 1 year (2 Semesters) (10th grade)

-US History 1 year (2 Semesters) (11th grade)

-American Government 1 semester (12th grade)

-Economics 1 semester (12th grade)

Two years with 1 year being Algebra -Algebra 1 -Geometry -Algebra 2 (optional), -Trigonometry (optional), -AP Stats (optional), -Pre-Calculus (optional), -AP Calculus (optional)

  • Science – 4 Semesters (2 Years) (20 credits)

-Physical Science 1 year (2 Semesters)

-Biology 1 year (2 Semesters) -Chemistry (optional) -Physics (optional) -AP Chemistry (optional) -AP Biology (optional)

All 9th grade students must be enrolled in PE. -P.E 1 -P.E 2 -Weight Lifting (Training)

  • Fine Arts – 2 Semesters (1 Years)(10 credits)

-Satisfied by any combination of Art, Music, Drama and/or Foreign Language.

  • Practical Arts – 1 Semester (5 credits)

-Satisfied by a course in business education, industrial arts, life skills or ROP.

  • Academic Elective – 2 Semesters(2 Years) (10 credits)

-From the following areas: (Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Foreign Language, and/or Language Arts.)


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