January 18th Kicks off “Coffee with the Principal” Spring Sessions

Empowerement High School invites you to join us for our monthly Coffee With the Principal sessions beginning January 18th starting at 8:30AM in the E-colors room on campus.


Upcoming Session Dates

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Bowling Bash 2019 set for February 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce the date for our 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser.

Join us on February 22, 2019 for the Southwest Schools Bowling Bash – a terrific evening of fun to raise funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors and scholarships for our younger students to attend local summer enrichment camps.

For complete details and sponsorship opportunties, please visit

Encouraging Words From Mr. Miguel Hernandez

Mr. Miguel Hernandez graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a structural engineer with MatthewsDaniels Company. He spoke and encouraged our Empowerment High School students to go after their dreams and that if they came to a point where they thought they were failing, to use those experiences only to make them stronger. Mr. Hernandez spoke to our students in the 2017 school year and we were thrilled to have him back as a guest speaker!

Project Grad Lunch & Learn – Big thank you to Mr. Hernandez, Mrs. Moreira and Project Grad for this event.

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Tuesday, December 4th – PBL Exhibition & Winter Show

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Parents, Join us at Empowerment High School Tuesday, December 4th for 2 great events:

PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL): Students have been working hard for the last couple of weeks to complete their PBL projects. Selected students are excited to present and exhibit their projects to visitors, parents, teachers and staff. Come take a look between 4p – 6:30p.

FINE ARTS WINTER SHOW: Come experience a fun night with us as students put on a concert and ‘Winter Wonderland” theater play. It all starts at 4:30p – 6:30p.

Empowerment High School is located at:
6400 Westpark, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77057

Tuesday, December 11th – Coffee with the Principal

Parents, Start your morning with coffee and a chat with Principal Clark at Empowerment High School! Join us in the E-Colors room Tuesday, December 11th at 8:30a to sit down with Mrs. Clark and discuss all of the AWESOME events happening at Empowerment High School! We hope to see you there! We’ll bring the Coffee!


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December Calendar of Events

Take a look at our upcoming events and Winter Holiday schedule for December 2018 below! The Holiday Break is from Dec. 20th – Jan. 4th. Student return to class Monday, Jan. 7th, 2019.


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Thursday, November 8th – Coffee with the Principal

Parents, Start your morning with coffee and a chat with Principal Clark at Empowerment High School! Join us in the E-Colors room November 8th at 8:30a to sit down with Mrs. Clark and discuss all of the AWESOME events happening at Empowerment High School! We hope to see you there! We’ll bring the Coffee!


Texas Charter School Association Speech by Annia Campos

We’re so proud of our own Annia Lopez Campos, an 11th grader at Empowerment High School. She had the opportunity to speak in front of over 600 educators at this year’s Texas Charter Schools Association Conference held this week in Houston, TX.

Southwest Empowerment High School Awarded Part of Million Dollar Grant

ATT Project Grad $1M AwardWe are pleased to announce that Soutwest Schools Empowerment High School is one of four schools selected to receive a $1,000,000 grant funded by  AT&T through Project GRAD Houston.

Houston’s Project GRAD has demonstrated success in helping students achieve on-time high school graduation, increased college enrollment, and completion of college certificates and degrees. This exemplary Houston-area program was then selected as one of 10 recipients nationwide to share in $9.25 million of AT&T Aspire’s award.

This award coincides with the official start of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for fall 2019 college-bound students.. FAFSA completion is strongly linked to college enrollment: 90 percent of high school seniors who complete FAFSA attend college directly from high school, but currently only about 60% apply.f

For more information on grants and grant opportunities, please email Rose Norman at

Coffee with Principal Clark Oct. 9th

Parents, You’re Invited…

Start your morning with coffee and a chat with Principal Clark at Empowerment High School! Join us in the E-Colors room October 9th at 8:30a to sit down with Mrs. Clark and discuss all of the AWESOME events happening at Empowerment High School! We hope to see you there! We’ll bring the Coffee!

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Open House September 24th


Empowerment Open House

You’re invited…

Empowerment High School Parents are invited to meet your child’s teacher and tour our campus! We hope to see you there:

September 24, 2018 @ 5:30pm

6400 Westpark, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77057

Welcome Back Parent Meeting Set for August 13, 2018

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school for the 2018-19 school year! I look forward to the start of a productive year and partnership with you and your child to ensure they can achieve his/her highest potential. To be successful, your child needs support from both home and school, and a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.

Important dates to know:

August 3rd – (8am-4pm) Uniform shirts available for purchase

August 13th – Parent Meeting

  • 9th grade/10th grade: 5:00pm
  • 11th grade/12th grade: 6:30pm

The meeting will address topics such as:

  • New school hours
  • Required uniforms and school supplies
  • Transportation
  • School meal information
  • Special programs (Project Grad, Athletics, 21st Century Program)

I highly encourage you to attend the dates above to be a fully informed partner in your child’s educational journey.

The wonderful faculty, staff, and I feel privileged to have you and your child as a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or Mr. John Guzman, Assistant Principal.



Bianca Clark

Principal of Empowerment High School

Uniform Pickup Begins August 3rd

Empowerment High School uniform shirts will be available for pickup starting on August 3rd, 2018 from 8:00AM – 4:00PM and will continue until the start of school.

  • Shirts $20
  • Hoodies $25

Click here to view and download the School Uniform and Dress Code Policy for 2018-2019 .

Summer Manufacturing Camp

The Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camp held this June provided 4th-9th grade students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers learned how to think link inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create using a 3D printer. At the end of each week students went on a field trip where they were able to make real-life connections to what they were learning in the camp. Check out the photos…

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?


The Southwest Schools Summer Camp for 8th and 9th graders centers around that question.

“We want to foster, inspire, and empower our students to be innovative.  We want to expose them to skills and crafts that are probably not part of their daily lives,” says Rose Norman, Chief Research & Grants Officer.

Through Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs, 3D Modeling and Design Camp, students learn entrepreneurial skills including inventing, problem solving, and competing.  Challenged with using Tinkercad software to design a piece of jewelry that represents peace, the design is then output to a 3D printer.  After which, kids develop a marketing strategy to sell the jewelry to an older group of students.

Each week of the camp culminates in a field trip that showcases unique jobs in our community.  Storage and Processors (located at the Port of Houston) and Rice University’s 3D Lab are among the stops.

Southwest Schools thanks our Board of Directors President, Rick Hargrove, for encouraging us to apply for grant monies to make this camp possible for our students.

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June 19th – Attend a Meet & Greet with Our New Principal

Parents and students are invited to attend a Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social with Southwest Schools’ newest principals – Deborah Silber, Principal, Discovery Middle School and Bianca Clark, Principal, Empowerment High School.

Date: Tuesday, June 19
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6400 Westpark Drive, Suite 200

We look forward to seeing you there!

Summer Kick-Off Event

Parents and students are invited to a special community event!

Tour our new state of the art, Career, Technology, and Fine Arts Center. Explore what Southwest Schools is all about and the variety of student activities and programs offered! Enrolling now grades 6th – 12th. New enrollees will receive a free Southwest Schools’ spirit shirt.


Learn More at:


Saturday, June 23rd from 10am – 2pm
Discovery Middle School & Empowerment High School
6400 Westpark, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77057

Open Enrollment
Campus Tours
Meet The Principal


Discovery Middle School & Empowerment High School
6400 Westpark, Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77057


Questions & to RSVP
Miriam Reyes

Soaring Eagles Summer Camp (June 4 – July 12)

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Discovery Middle School and Empowerment High School (6th-9th grade) students are invited to a FREE 6-week summer camp program! Come learn about: Cooking, Create & Craft, Entrepreneurship, Sports, and enjoy fun Field Trips!!

June 4 – July 12 (Monday – Thursday) 9am-1pm with breakfast and lunch provided!

Register for FREE at:

Jennifer Rollie and Todd Davis Receive Top Honors

We are pleased to honor the following staff for earning recognition as superstars of the Southwest Schools District. 


DISTRICT WIDE TEACHER OF THE YEAR2018 Teachers of the Year Photo

  • Michael Bourquin- Mangum Elementary


  • Scott Lawton-Phoenix Schools


  • Bissonnet Elementary- Peggy Billingsley
  • Mangum Elementary-Michael Bourquin
  • Discovery Middle School- Donald Morgan
  • Empowerment High School-Jennifer Rollie
  • Phoenix School- Renaia Eugene
  • Young Learners – Azindokht Baradar


  • Bissonnet Elementary- Gricelda Perez
  • Mangum Elementary-Aleyda Salgado
  • Discovery Middle School- Rebecca Cruz
  • Empowerment High School-Todd Davis
  • Phoenix School- Scott Lawton
  • Young Learners-Rita Spivey

Congratulations to our winners and heartfelt gratitude to all our teachers and staff for another successful school year!

Campus Safety

Incident at our Empowerment Campus

Today, February 21st, we learned about a threatening post on social media at our Empowerment campus. We contacted the Houston Police Department, which quickly investigated the situation together with us. The students were never in any danger, and we took all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of our students. All parents from the campus have been contacted and made aware of the situation. We are workinglocal authorities to increase law enforcement presence at and around our campuses. As a district, we are also implementing additional safety measures to keep our campuses safe.

Communication is a key component in safety measures. Please feel free to communicate with us, and encourage your child/children to share their thoughts and feelings with you and with us.
We want to reassure all parents our commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment for our students and staff. All Southwest campuses will continue to operate under regular hours tomorrow, Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Thank you,
Southwest Schools Administration