At A Glance

Fall 2020


Empowering and equipping all students to create their future and change the world.

Adopted by the South Western Board of School Directors on November 14, 2018


The South Western School District vision statement was unanimously adopted by the Board of Directors in November of 2018 as a part of revisions to the District Comprehensive Plan which was originally approved in May of 2014. This plan was submitted to and approved by the PA Department of Education for meeting Chapter 4, 12, 16, and 49 requirements and went into effect on July 01, 2019. The District Comprehensive plan, as revised in 2018, focuses on the following three strategic imperatives:

(1) College Readiness – Ensuring all students have access to a high quality academic program which includes a rigorous, challenging, and standards-aligned curricula, delivered through personalized instructional practices;

(2) Career Readiness – Ensuring all students have access to and engage with career awareness, exploration, and planning activities, including experiential learning opportunities that align to the PA Career and Work Standards, and;

(3) Life Readiness – Ensuring all students are equipped with the skills, mindsets, and dispositions to have self-efficacy and agency over their own learning and decisions.

District Profile


District Size
56 Square Miles
Population 28,910
   
K-12 Enrollment
4,390
Baresville Elementary (K-5)
524
Manheim Elementary (K-5)
232
Park Hills Elementary (K-5)
497
West Manheim Elementary (K-5)
593
   Total K-5 Enrollment
1,846
 Emory H Markle Middle School (6-8)
1,030
 South Western High School (9-12)
1,258
 Other Programs
256
   
 Average Daily Attendance
 
 Gr. K-5
95.7
 Gr. 6-8
95.6
 Gr. 9-12
94.6
   
 2020-2021 Budget
$74,571,405
 Millage Rate
20.32
 Funding Sources:
 
 Local 65.88%
 State 33.34%
 Federal/Other 0.78%
   
 Per Student Expenses
$16,917
  (62.21% goes directly to student instruction)
 
   
 Faculty 309
 Support Staff
280
 Administrative/Confidential Staff
30
   
 Faculty Experience:
 
   Percent under 5 years
13.3%
   Percent over 20 years
28.8%
   Percent with Masters Degree
85.1%
 Faculty Average Salary
$74,477
   
 Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility:
 
   Baresville Elementary School
36.1%
   Manheim Elementary School
22.4%
   Park Hills Elementary School
38.2%
   West Manheim Elementary School
24.8%
   E.H. Markle Middle School
30.4%
   South Western High Shool
28.1%
   
 Ethnicity:  
   White
86.0%
   Black/African American
3.1%
   Hispanic
5.0%
   Asian
1.6%
   American Indian or Alaskan Native
0.2%
   Multi-Racial
3.6%
   Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
0.1%
   
 Graduation Rate:
92.6%
   (Percent of students graduation in 4 years)
 

2020 Graduating Class Profile

Post-Secondary Choices
% Class of 2020 Future Plans

65%  - Institutions of Higher Education 
 6%  - Trade or Technical School
 5%  - Military
 21%  - Employment / Seeking Employment
 3%  - Undecided

College Board (SAT) Scores

     South Western
   National
     ERW/Math    Total    ERW/Math    Total
 2015-16   497/501
  998
  494/508
   1,002
 2016-17   547/547
   1,094    533/538    1,070
 2017-18    551/544    1,095    543/545    1,088
 2018-19    541/538    1,079    531/528    1,059
 2019-20    550/548    1,098    567/545    1,112


Academic Information

High School

  • A 4X4 semester block scheduling design
  • A broad curriculum of over 150 different courses, including Advanced Placement (AP), honors, career readiness, dual enrollment, college in the high school, and independent studies designed to meet the personalized learning needs for each student
  • Standards aligned curriculum in all subject areas
  • Fifth period each day for academic remediation and enrichment opportunities, in addition to career coaching activities

Middle School

  • Instruction is provided that emphasizes both differentiation and personalized instructional practices
  • Each student experiences a rigorous, developmentally appropriate curriculum in which they analyze, synthesize, and apply concepts to real-world experiences
  • Students have an opportunity to refine their interests and passions with the option to participate in over 40 co-curricular activities (i.e athletics, clubs and intramural activities)
  • Core interdisciplinary teams are emphasized that foster strong early adolescent bonds, and strong relationships between teachers and students
  • An advisory Program that provides opportunities for each middle school student to have an adult advocate, build relationships with peers, promote personal & academic growth
  • Intervention period which allows for appropriate interventions (as needed) in addition to choices in performing arts programs and enrichment opportunities

Elementary

  • Strong emphasis on differentiated instruction and the individual strengths and needs of all learners
  • Standards-based grading and assessment practices
  • Strong literacy program for all learners in grades K-5 focused on guided reading, on-level reading, word work, and writing with the goal of all learners reading on grade level by the end of third grade
  • A math program incorporating the eight mathematical practices for all learners in grades K-5 that focuses on problem-solving, abstract thinking, mathematical discourse, modeling, and attention to precision

Miscellaneous Statistics

Class Size Average
 
Grades K-2
22
Grades 3-5
23
Grades 6-8
28
Grades 9-12
22
   
Expulsions Last Year
 
Drugs/Alcohol/Weapons 5
   
Special Education
 
Gifted 2.7%
Learning Support
11.25%

 

% Students in Advanced Placement Class who took Advanced Placement Examination and scored grade 3 or higher
Biology
78%
Calculus AB
80%
Calculus BC
92%
Chemistry n/a
Computer Science A
100%
Computer Science Principals
100%
English Language/ Comp
92%
English Literature/ Comp
50%
Physics 1 100%
Physics C: Elect/MAG  100%
Physics C: Mechanics 67%
Psychology 81%
Statistics 43%
U.S. Government/ Politics  76%
World History 67%


Athletic Opportunities

Fall Sports
Football – V, JV, 9th, 7th & 8th
Field Hockey – V, JV, 9th, 7th & 8th
Golf – V
Tennis Girls – V
Boys & Girls Soccer – V, JV
Coed Cross Country – V, JH
Volleyball (Girls) – V, JV
Cheerleading – V, JV, 9th, *8th, *7th

Winter Sports
Boys & Girls Basketball – V, JV, 9th, 8th, 7th
Wrestling – V, JH
Swimming – V
Cheerleading – V, JV, 9th, *8th, *7th
Competition Cheer – (winter only)

Spring Sports
Baseball – V, JV
Softball – V, JV
Coed Track and Field – V, JH
Tennis Boys – V
Volleyball (Girls) – JH
Boys & Girls Lacrosse – V, JV

* Intramural Program

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