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Southwest High School

Address: 3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, 55410
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Michael Favor
Enrollment: 1728
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 612.668.3030
Fax: 612.668.3080
Email: michael.favor@mpls.k12.mn.us
Website: southwest.mpls.k12.mn.us

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Southwest High School provides a broad and balanced curriculum with flexibility of choice within the program. Students achieve holistic learning, intercultural awareness, academic rigor, community service, critical thinking and inquiry skills, reflection, research skills, and development of international understanding.

Southwest also offers an array of accredited Advanced Placement courses, College in the Schools courses, English Learner program and Special Education program to augment and support the needs of all students. We offer innovative Career Technology Education (CTE) courses to meet the expanding needs of students and their needs for the next half-century. Throughout their four-year high school journey, students are offered opportunities and challenges to promote their intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth.

What makes Southwest truly extraordinary is the determination with which students apply themselves as well as the dedication and collaboration shown by faculty, staff and parents to prepare students for college, careers and life. With a strong tradition of inspiring excellence in academics, arts and athletics; Southwest encourages all students to follow their strengths and their passions.

Academic Focus Areas:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP)
  • Career Technology Education (CTE)

Dual Credit Opportunities/Articulations:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • College in the Schools (CIS)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP)
  • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

Post-Graduate Plans (class of 2016):

  • 68% to four-year colleges and universities
  • 22% to two-year colleges
  • 10% to military service/work/other


What we look like:
Student Race School District
Native American 1 % 4 %
African American 26 % 39 %
Asian American 5 % 8 %
Hispanic American 11 % 18 %
White American 57 % 31 %

Students School District
Receive ELL Services 9 % 19 %
Qualify for free or reduced lunch 36 % 62 %
Receive Special Education Services 11 % 16 %
3414 West 47th Street
Minneapolis, 55410

Student Activities

  • 1:16 Christian living
  • Alianza
  • American sign language club
  • Amnesty international
  • Anime' Club
  • Art Club
  • Black student union
  • Bullying prevention/Anti-bullying
  • Chess
  • Dare 2 be real
  • Debate team
  • Emerging leaders
  • Feminism Club
  • French Club
  • Gay/Straight Alliance
  • Green team
  • Healty youth pper educators
  • International Club
  • Japanese Culture Club
  • Jefferson project
  • Live production team
  • Marching band/pep band
  • Math team
  • Model UN
  • Muslim student alliance
  • National Honor Society
  • Outdoors Club
  • Political activism Club
  • Robotics team
  • Sailing Club
  • School newspaper
  • Science Fiction Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Speech team
  • Spoken word
  • Step team
  • Strive
  • Student council
  • Student election judge
  • Study buddies
  • Super smach brothers club
  • SW ultimate
  • Technical theatre club
  • Theatre/musical
  • Yearbook

School Course Catalog

If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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