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SWOS 2017/18 Registration…

The Montezuma County Alternative High School and School of Choice, SWOS, still has spaces available for the 2017/18 school year! Come in and register! We are waiting for you…










The countdown is on… We are so excited for a new school year that is chock-full with adventure and fun-filled opportunities for learning, such as hiking and biking, job shadows and internships, and so much more!

Come and secure a spot at the region’s one and only alternative high school with an experiential and expeditionary instructional model. At SWOS, we value personalized and project-based learning approaches.

Here are some important dates for the 2017/18 school year at SWOS:

July 24/25 – Registration all day; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the SWOS Campus (meet your advisors, get your class schedules)

July 26 – Registration at Towaoc (Education Building); 4:00 – 5:00 pm

August 11 – Fist day of school; Orientation Day for ALL students; 10:00 am – 3:ish at the SWOS Campus 

August 14 – First day of academic classes for ALL students; 9:00 – 4:00 pm

August 16, 23, 30 – Early release (2:25 pm)

+++ Between August 11 and 18, you will need to arrange for transportation to and from school for your student. School buses will begin transporting students August 21, 2017. +++

For more information, call 970.565.1150!


SWOS @ Cortez “Third Thursday” markets – July 20, August 17, September 21

Come by and visit our SWOS booth at the “Third Thursday” markets!  The market is located in Montezuma Park on the corner of North Market Street and Montezuma Avenue, with live music and family friendly activities, and SWOS will be right there for you and with you! Dates & Times: 5 TO 8 P.M. ON JULY 20, AUG. 17 AND SEPT. 21.

Come by and take a look at our selection of dragon t-shirts and sweatshirts, or pick up a flyer/brochure to learn more about SWOS, including new programs and opportunities for high school students–and register for classes for the 2017/18 school year if you are psyched about SWOS.

SWOS offers:

  • A learning program built upon a student’s academic abilities, interests, goals and personal strengths.
  • An advisor-advisee relationship between staff and students.
  • A flexible schedule of courses and field experiences designed to meet the needs of the student.
  • Community-based service learning.
  • Curriculum is based on the Colorado and National Model Content Standards employing an expeditionary and experiential approach as the vehicle for delivery.
  • Character Education Curriculum (SWOSology) guides students in becoming socially responsible adults.


2017_18 School Year Registration!


Are you between 14 1/2 and 21 years of age trying to finish high school with a “real” diploma?

Are you curious to see how you can learn in a fun and meaningful way, through projects, travel, community involvement, and service?

Would you like to try out a college class here and there (while still in high school), to see if this may be the right path for you?

Do you prefer an environment where  your uniqueness and individuality are respected and appreciated?

Are you interested in developing better social emotional skills that will help with relationships, conflict resolution, and personal growth?

Then SWOS is the right place for you!

We emphasize personal growth in addition to academic learning along with learning experiences that are hands-on, project based, and personalized.

We value and nurture a culture of character. With respect as the binding mortar, students and staff feel physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe.

Because SWOS is a community, students have a voice, and students and staff work together to continually promote and improve our culture.

In a nutshell, SWOS offers:

A fully accredited high school diploma… Strong relationships… Respect and appreciation for diversity…SWOS Online… Advanced Placement & concurrent enrollment classes… Alternative Cooperative Education (“Trades” classes, job shadowing, executive internships)… Outdoor education (that transcends the classroom)… Project-based and hands-on learning… 

Call 565-1150 today!

Summer Intensive Registration

STUDENTS – There is still time to register for the Summer Intensive! Four classes to choose from.

Call or stop by the office by JUNE 2.

Download Registration PDF

SWOS Summer Intensive Registration

School Counselor – job opportunity

School Counselor – Job Description                                        

Work hours/weeks: 24 hours per week; 39 work weeks          Start Date: August 7, 2017 (178 days) – 12 months

Benefits: N/A

Position Summary:  To provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to all SWOS students and assist with academic development, career development and social/character development as per the American School Counselor Association standards.


  • Have/work toward s Master’s degree in school counseling/school psychology/social work from an accredited college or university.
  • 2 Options for licensing requirement as a school counselor:
    • Currently licensed
    • Actively pursuing licensing requirements/temporary authorization from the Colorado Department of Education within 60 days of employment.

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Employ systematically developed substance use education and prevention strategies working with at-risk students, including the “Continuum of Care” model
  • Provide staff training around substance use prevention and promotion in the classroom and in the MTSS process
  • Work collaboratively with the SWOS staff to implement Alternatives to Suspension for substance use and meet SBIRT AND CRAFFT requirements
  • Support use of SBIRT on all screenings done during initial student physicals
  • Support the following goals and objectives as detailed in the approved grant proposal:
    • Goal 1 Obj. 1a – Increase the ration of health care professionals to students
    • Goal 2 Obj. 2 a, b, c – 47% Reduction in discipline for drugs (especially marijuana); increased CRAFFT usage by 30% from baseline of 49%; SBIRT response to all CRAFFT screenings
    • Goal 3 Obj. 3 a – Support implementation of protocols/procedures for ATS in student handbook
    • Goal 4 Obj. 4 a – 60% increase in student-identified awareness of education and prevention around substance use
  • Support the Assistant Director and the ACE Team by:
    • Providing direct support service to individual students, small groups, and classrooms in the areas of academic development, career development, and character development as per the ASCA standards.
    • Assisting with the completion of Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP), Individual Plans for Success, and other academic and career planning.
    • Consulting with other professional staff, outside agencies and organizations to enhance postsecondary workforce culture and opportunities.
  • Organize and administer referrals and counseling with students and families.
  • Refer students and their families to outsides agencies and specialists, as appropriate.
  • Promote a caring, positive environment that illustrates an understanding and appreciation for diverse populations.
  • Complete reports as needed or as requested/required by Federal, State and local agencies.
  • Promote the principles of SWOSology (character skills).
  • Participate in continuous professional development and growth.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 Working Conditions: Maintain emotional control under stress.  Work with frequent interruptions.  Occasional travel. Occasional prolonged and irregular hours. Maintain physical, mental, and emotional balance.

This is a CDE grant-funded position; we are currently in year 2. Employment beyond year 3 is contingent on additional funding.

For more information, please call Dr. Charlotte Wolf, 970.565.1150 x 6015.


April SWOS News

SWOS 2017 Graduation

The countdown is on! We have about 4 weeks left until SWOS Graduation. Our Seniors are getting very excited, and the final push to help them get to graduation is underway.

SWOS Prom on Thursday, April 13, 2017

The 2017 SWOS PROM will happen this Thursday, April 13, from 7 – 10 pm. This will be an early release day, so please make sure to pick up your student between 12:30 and 1:10 pm.
SWOS students who want to help with preparations for PROM that afternoon are welcome to do so!


There is lots happening at SWOS in April! Check out the calendar for details.