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We would like to applaud SWOS student, Clay, for taking initiative, taking a risk and saying yes to adventure. Clay decided to come to SWOS late in his high school career. He expressed an interest in welding and asked for support finding a job or internship that would help him reach his goal. This was a few weeks ago.
He is now in Johnson Valley, California, working side by side with the owner of Jimmy's 4x4 at the King of the Hammer off-road race. Well done, Clay! We are grateful to call you SWOS Fam.
Stay tuned for more pics from the race.
School starts on August 14th. If you have not registered for classes yet, don't delay! Here's what you need to do:
1. Download a Packet here: https://southwestopenschool.org/enrollment/
OR you can pick up a Registration packet up from SWOS during the week (Monday - Thursday)
2. Take it home and fill it out. Have your Guardian sign it. (If 18 years old, sign it on your own)
3. Bring it back to the Office
The FY2223 Revised Budget will be included as an action item at the November 14th 2022 Southwest Open School Board Meeting.
SWOS has the unique ability to meet each student’s educational needs through the concept of Personalized Pathways. Through their SWOS high school education, students have the opportunity to learn about career fields, explore careers that interest them through job shadowing and/or internships, earn college credit in concurrent enrollment, utilize online options for credit recovery or credit acceleration, and be the driver of their own education. Personalized Pathways give all students greater opportunities, and especially help SWOS students graduate from high school prepared for their next steps. Together, we build your future!
As a school operating in one of the poorest counties in Colorado, we are able to give students the opportunity to think bigger than their story by offering a curriculum that allows students to build character skills and then use them in authentic settings as we take them out into the world and bring the world to them through our experiential learning approach. For example, the Spanish language course called "Americanos" explores in-depth Latin American history, including immigration and migrant labor in the United States. For several years now this class has traveled to the Central Valley of California where students complete home stays with migrant families and work with an organization called Quinto Del Sol on service projects in several communities in the Central Valley. Students return from these expeditions with changed perspectives, extensive knowledge of social and historical issues of Latin American communities, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Students often remark that it is on expeditions such as these that they gain more than the knowledge and skills offered in text books, but rather deep learning that will enrich their lives and futures.