T-STEM focusing on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers:
Benchmark 1: School Design
Provide students a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to foster the joy of discovery, and to promote a collaborative culture of ethical and innovative problem-solving.
Benchmark 2: Target Population
As an open-enrollment charter school, the only requirement for admittance into Southwest Schools is a student’s residency. Admission and enrollment of students shall be open to persons who reside within the geographic boundaries stated in the approved original charter application or amended thereafter. Southwest Schools has been approved by original charter and amendment to admit students from 8 countries and 154 ISDs.
Application forms will be printed and distributed through the Accountability/Operations Department prior to November 1. Current students recommit by returning a completed application form and community students who come in are given an application form. As application forms come in, names of students are placed on grade level rosters in chronological order of receipt. Each grade level is given an enrollment cap of 24 students per class. Once enrollment caps are met, students are placed on a “Wait List”.
The total number of students enrolled at Southwest Schools shall not exceed the number of students approved in the charter or subsequent amendments and will be based on classroom capacity. If space is available an eligible student will be admitted and enrolled on any day of the week and will be counted as and considered a charter student immediately.
Southwest Schools requires all applicants for admission to submit a completed application in order to be considered for admission. This includes the current student population at each campus who seek re-enrollment. Southwest Schools will have open registration annually from November 1 – January 1. At the end of the “Open Registration” period letter are sent to parents to indicate the student(s) have been accepted for enrollment at the school.
Enrollment packets are then distributed to students who have received an acceptance letter. Students are formally enrolled once the completed enrollment packet has been received and verified. After January 1 if a campus has any vacant seats on the Master Grade Level Roster, any inquiry to the school can fill out an application and enrollment packet and be accepted to the school for the upcoming year.
Marketing activities for Open Enrollment are coordinated through the Community Relations and Fund Development Department, in partnership with campus leadership. Campus teams participate in neighboring school activities, when able, to promote our STEM curriculum and partner with STEM organizations. Marketing materials are produced using STEM as a focal point for recruitment efforts.
Benchmark 3: Strategic Alliances
Benchmark 4: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
Benchmark 5: Work-Based Learning
Benchmark 6: Student Support
Date | Grades
Dec. 3 – 7 | 2-11
Jan. 7-Feb. 15 | K-12
Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 | 2-11
April 1- May 3 | K-12