Located in El Centro, Southwest High serves more than 2300 students in
grades nine through twelve. We employ a credential staff of 91 to
support our students.
Southwest High School is part of the
Central Union High School District, located in the Imperial Valley in
the southeast corner of California on the United States/Mexico border.
County is the ninth largest county in California, covering an area of
4,280 square miles. The area is predominantly rural and agricultural,
geographically isolated from any large metropolitan city.
County is bordered by Riverside County to the north, San Diego County
to the west, and Yuma County, Arizona, to the east. San Diego, 120 miles
to the west, is the nearest metropolitan area. However, the border city
of Mexicali is a short twelve miles away and includes a population of
over 1,000,000. Central Union High School District is located in
Imperial County’s county seat, El Centro, population 60,000. The 2000
Census data indicates that almost 25% of Imperial County residents lived
below the poverty level as compared to 13.4% statewide.
rates hover around 26%, the highest in the state. Over 81% of the
county’s population is Latino, and 71% of the families speak a language
other than English in the home.
The District serves approximately 3,400 students in grades nine through twelve in its secondary education program.
California Basic Education Data System (CBEDS) figures collected in
October, 2005, show that the student ethnic breakdown includes 84%
Hispanic, 12% White, 2% Black and 2% Other. Over 36% of the students are
identified as limited English proficient (LEP).
Our campus reflects the cultural and socioeconomic makeup of the community.