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Southwest Open Charter School (8133)

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CORTEZ, CO 81321

Charter School.


Total Students Served

Grade 9 - Grade 12

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About Southwest Open Charter School (8133)


Southwest Open Charter School


As a CDE-defined Alternate Education Campus, SWOS works to integrate evidence-based best practices to offer a comprehensive educational program combining academics, character education, project based learning, outdoor education and expeditionary learning approaches that nurture the success of the whole student. We are proud that at this point, SWOS is not only a second chance school but a school of choice for the non-traditional learner. Students report that they like the school because they fee l respected by staff and peers, that their voices are heard, and like ?I fit somewhere for the first time in my life?. SWOS was created in 1986 by the Southwest Board of Cooperative Services as a second chance school for teen parents and students who were not successful elsewhere. After reorganization in 1999, SWOS became a charter school with the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 school district serving as its authorizing agent (LEA). Currently, SWOS serves approximately 136 students, grades ages 14-21, 94% of whom are defined as ?high risk?. The student population at SWOS is ethnically diverse. SWOS serves students from four school districts in the Four Corners area: Montezuma-Cortez RE-1, Dolores RE-4A, Dolores County RE-2J, and Mancos RE-6. SWOS also serves students from the Ute Mountain Ute and Navajo reservations. SWOS? primary academic program integrates into the CDE requirements several unique components: character education, expeditionary learning, personalized pathways, and learning to maintain social emotional and physical health.



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