The following are expectations for participation in SWA in grades 7 through 12. Note: Red policies are policies that only apply to SWHS learners in grades 9–12.
Learners in grades K – 8 who are using other online curriculum programs through SWA, such as Connections Learning or K12.com, will need to follow the expectations of those programs.
Meet Attendance & Academic Guidelines:
- PA Guidelines require 180 five and a half hour days, or 990 hours per year. SWA requires a full time commitment in order to be successful.
- All .5 and 1 credit courses must be finished within the semester.
1st Semester = Mid January, 2nd Semester = Early June
- All 2 credit Year Long courses must be completed within school year.
- Pacing: Please complete a minimum of 18 six hour days (99 hours) per month September – May.
- You should communicate in writing (email is fine) family trips, vacations, extended illness, or other reasons for extended periods of time not doing school work. Extended absences due to medical issues may require a doctor’s note.
- Complete assignments in a timely manner by due date or EARLY. If you fall behind, you will be contacted by your facilitator. If you fall more than a week behind, you will need to start coming into SWHS to work with your teachers until you catch back up.
- Always immediately sign into/out of the SWHS attendance office when entering/leaving SWHS.
- During periods of Required Attendance – must be at SWHS from at least 8:30 – 2:30 and in SWA classroom. Always sign in and out of the main attendance office.
- You may come in ANYTIME on your own. When you are proactive and choose to come in, you may come and go as you please! Always sign in and out of the main attendance office.
- Learners new to SWA should plan to attend school for their first three days to ensure they understand how to access and complete their courses.
- Learners who have a blended schedule are required to return to school for their ENCORE period during the first two weeks of each semester. Your required ENCORE day(s) matches your face to face class period(s). For example, if you have a face to face class period 1, you will need to plan to return to SWHS for period 5 on Day 1. If your face to face class is period 3, you will need to plan to return to SWHS for period 5 on Day 3, and so on.
- For all core courses, you must complete your final exams in school in a proctored location. These will count 20% of your final overall course grade.
Agree to stay in touch and communicate with SWSD staff as needed to ensure student success. This may include conferences/phone calls/emails as needed.
- Check your school Gmail (@southwesternsd.org) regularly and respond in a timely manner. If you do not receive a response to an email, please call.
- Please respond to voice messages. We will do likewise.
Agree to come into SWSD for required state testing.
- PSSA Language Arts and Math (grades 3-8) – April
- PSSA Science (grades 4 & 8 only) – Early May
- Keystone Algebra Exam (taken after completing Algebra 1 course) – Mid January or Mid May
- Keystone English Literature Exam (taken after completing English 10 course) – Mid January or Mid May
- Keystone Biology Exam (taken after completing Biology course) – Mid January or Mid May
- Specific testing dates and procedures for your child will be shared with you through mail prior to testing.
Familiarize yourself with and follow all SWSD and school building policies and regulations outlined in the learner handbook.
Complete the SWA Mustang Pride “homeroom” course.
- SWA Orientation
- Learner Handbook / Board Policies
- SWHS Graduation Project Requirements
- PSSA / Keystone State Test Prep
- CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) Requirements, etc.
You must be a South Western School District (SWSD) student to be eligible for the South Western Academy (SWA) program. Open enrollment is May 1 through August 30. Enrollment at all other times is determined on a case-by-case basis by expressing your interest to your SWSD building principal. Due to limited staffing and class size limits, the SWA may close enrollment once we have reached capacity. This is to ensure our students receive a quality educational experience. We currently have an enrollment limit of 60 students. This is to ensure we can provide the best educational experience for our learners based on the staff we have available.
Students Brand New to SWSD: You must first register at the appropriate SWSD school building. During the SWSD registration process, notify the secretary that you are interested in becoming an online SWA student. You may also have an opportunity to meet the guidance counselor during the registration process. Please take a minute to say “Hi” and get to know them. They will be there to help you along the way, especially with scheduling!
Students Already Registered with SWSD: Please contact your son or daughter’s school principal and/or guidance counselor and let them know you are interested in joining SWA.
Next Steps: You will be contacted by Bryan Tayman, Coordinator of Online Learning, to set up a follow up meeting to introduce you to the Academy. Bryan will go over the details of the SWA Program, get your son/daughter’s accounts and courses set up, and answer any questions you have. This meeting lasts about an hour, and we request that the SWA student attends this meeting. Click here for directions to SWHS, our physical location for SWA.