Southwestern Academy Vacation Homework Policy

PSAT Information

The results of the PSAT results are in. A copy of the PSAT results will be held on file here at Southwestern Academy. An additional copy has been given to the student along with the test booklets.

Please take a moment to review student’s test scores. If you have any questions regarding the scores, or how to interpret them please feel free to contact the Dean’s office.

The selection index is especially helpful to read. A zero can be added to the end of the selection index score to estimate what the student’s potential SAT score might be. For example if the PSAT selection index is a 150 that would be the equivalent of 1500 on the SAT.

The PSAT is a practice test, at it should be noted that students scores are not shared with any college, university, or other institution. The PSAT is only for families, students and Southwestern Academy. The scores are private.

The PSAT’s are helpful for the following reasons:

1. HIGHER SAT SCORES: The PSAT prepares students for the SAT. Students who take the PSAT average 120 points higher on the SAT.

2. FREE MONEY: PSAT takers are entered into scholarship and recognition programs. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions as well as other programs.

3. PLANS FOR COLLEGE: Students who take the PSAT get free access to My College QuickStart, a personalized online college and career planning kit that helps students search for colleges, explore majors and careers.

4. FREE INFORMATION: Free information about admissions and financial aid from colleges, universities and scholarship programs will be sent to you.

5. IMPROVEMENT: This is what it is all about! Students get a comprehensive, personalized report about test performance. This will tell you exactly which questions you missed, and you can look back in your test booklet. This is valuable information.

Please encourage your student to make every effort to improve their PSAT scores. They are the best indication of how the student might do on the SAT’s.

SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY’S 94th SCHOOL YEAR is proving to be full of excitement for our boys and girls at both campuses.  We’ve held our informative ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR in December and wrapped up the basketball season with improving teams.  We now look forward to a promising Spring season for our coed baseball and boys’ volleyball teams.  Along with academics, boys and girls at both campuses enjoy educational field trips during the week, as well as volunteering, social & hiking trips on the weekends.

MANY WONDERFUL NIGHTS of student choreographed shows and prepared dinners are scheduled.  We’ve enjoyed SOUTHEAST ASIAN night on September 27th, JAPANESE & KOREAN show & dinner on October 11th, EUROPEAN CABARET on November 8th.  We hope you can join us in San Marino’s Lincoln Hall for the upcoming International Nights of CHINESE NEW YEAR celebration & dinner on February 15th, AFRICAN/AFRICAN-AMERICAN show & dinner on February 28th, MEDITERRANEAN night on March 14th, SEDER DINNER on April 4th, MEXICAN & CENTRAL AMERICAN show & dinner on May 2nd, culminating with our world-famous CARNIVAL/LUAU on May 16th, hosted by International Club.  We do ask that guests sign up in advance so students may prepare enough food for all.  Sign-up sheets are posted on the general bulletin board the week prior to the event.

FIRST SEMESTER REVIEW WEEK is January 22 – 26.  SEMESTER EXAMINATION WEEK begins Monday, January 29th, and is completed Thursday, February 1st.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  A Post Exam break is Friday, February 2nd.  SECOND SEMESTER begins Monday, February 5th.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, February 9th.  Presidents’ Day is observed Monday, February 19th, no classes held.

THIRD QUARTER REVIEW WEEK is March 12 – 16. QUARTER EXAMINATION WEEK begins Monday, March 19th, and is completed Friday, March 23rd.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  FOURTH QUARTER will begin Monday, April 3rd.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, April 6th.

PLAN AHEAD!  SPRING BREAK begins after exams on Friday, MARCH 23rd.  Students may leave after exams on Friday, MARCH 23, after 4:30 p.m., or on Saturday, MARCH 24th.  Students should return to their dorms on Monday, APRIL 2, by 8:00 p.m.  Classes resume Tuesday morning, April 3rd.  Please help remind your student of vacation homework that is due upon their return from all breaks throughout the school year. Class assignments will be posted on our website’s “CURRENT STUDENTS” section located here at the start of vacation breaks.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO ARTSFEST 2018, on Thursday, April 26th, 3:00-8:00 p.m., San Marino campus.  ArtsFest is our annual celebration and presentation of all visual and performing art students’ work throughout the year.  We invite you to take in all the sights, sounds and yes, even smells … Student Government alongside our Economics classes will offer popcorn and fresh-squeezed orange juice for sale.

SECOND SEMESTER REVIEW WEEK is May 29 – May 31.  SEMESTER EXAMS begin Friday, June 1st, and are completed Wednesday, June 6th.  We ask that you not schedule any appointments for your student during these important days of testing.  REPORT CARDS will be emailed to parents and contacts Friday, June 15th.

PLAN AHEAD!  GRADUATION and the Last Day of School is Thursday, June 7th.  SUMMER BREAK begins and students may leave after graduation and award ceremonies on Thursday, JUNE 7th, at about 2:30 p.m.  Students attending SUMMER school should refer to their schedule on when to return to dorms.  The 2018-19 school year Opening Day is Tuesday, September 4th, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Look for the annual calendar for the 2018-19 school year in your email inbox in the Summer.

ALL RESIDENT STUDENTS are reminded to send information on their vacation travel plans to the Student Office:

STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOKS are posted on line at the school’s web page.  The easiest way to find them is to go to the “DOWNLOAD CENTER” at the top right of the home page, where the handbooks are posted.  To keep up with our events, you may also look up the Annual Calendar and Holiday Travel Dates to book early for the school year.  Please check here for important dates and answers for questions, but please don’t hesitate to email or call however we can help you.

HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SEE ‘SUNSPOTS’ – THE STUDENTS’ HOMEMADE NEWSCAST? It is on line fresh each week. We hope you take five minutes every week and hear the student reports on activities, athletics, and opinions. You’ll see some familiar faces too – including your own boy or girl. From wherever you are, go to our home page – – and see the ‘SUNSPOTS’ video section with a link directly to the latest ‘SUNSPOTS” and to our YouTube page. Great fun!

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