New Rankings!


New rankings show Houston’s top-rated and most-improved charter elementary schools

Happy Wednesday, Southwest Team!

“Academically, 87% of Southwest Schools Bissonnet El Campus’s students scored as proficient or above in math, and 77% did so in reading. That’s compared to city averages of 72% in math and 69% in reading.”

Thank you, MSN, for highlighting one of our campuses!

Congratulations Bissonnet for a fantastic 2018-2019 School Year! We are looking forward to an even better year with all of our campuses!

To read more check out…/new-rankings-show-houstons…/ar-AAGpC5G


1st Annual Golf Tournament

November 5th, 2019, we invite you to join us in “Teeing Off for Educational Success” by choosing from one of our Sponsorship Opportunity Levels. We are very excited to host our annual golf tournament in style at Top Golf, Katy! Sponsorships and tickets include unlimited rounds of golf, food, and an opportunity to change lives through education.

Not a golfer? Not a problem! We will have a special evening planned just for everyone, showcasing the best that Top Golf has to offer. All guests will have the opportunity to bid on a sensational array of prize packages at this year’s silent auction.  We will distribute raffle prizes at the Awards Dinner following the tournament, and you will have a prime time to network and bid on your preferred Silent Auction item!

Please see the sponsorship forms for additional information! Proceeds from this event will benefit Southwest Schools S.T.E.A.M programs, the athletic department, as well as provide students with educational and engaging field lessons.

We thank you for continuing to support Southwest Schools, and we cannot wait for you to join us in making this event successful!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Roneshia Ray at

Sponorship Forms

Teeing Off for Educational Success

November 5th, 2019


Top Golf Katy

Summer Reading Program


SWS Summer Reading Program 2019

Are you looking for a way to keep your students reading this summer?!? Well, we have the answer! Join our Online Summer Reading Program! Our Summer Reading Program gives you access to over 10,000 books using EPIC. It’s totally FREE and your student could start reading as early as today!



Click Here to Sign Up Today!

Southwest Schools Summer Camps

Southwest Schools Summer Camps

Join us for a Summer of fun and educational Camps happening at Southwest Schools Campuses!


Week of June 10th 

  • Industrial Robotics ( Grade 4 &5 @Empowerment High School)
  • S.T.E.A.M. ( Grades 3-5 @Mangum Elementary)
  • S.T.E.A.M. (Middle School @ Empowerment High School)

Week of June 17th 

  • Industrial Robotics ( Middle School @ Discovery Middle School)

Week of June 24th 

  • Industrial Robotics ( High School @ Empowerment High School)



Southwest Schools Industrial Robotics Summer Camp

Southwest Schools Industrial Robotics Summer Camp

The cost to attend the camp is $10 and includes breakfast, snacks, t-shirt, lunch all four days, and a field trip. Each camper must also complete the medical and media release forms online.

Elementary School Camp: June 10 – June 13, 2019, This camp is for rising 4th and 5th graders. The camp meets from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers will learn how to think like inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create…all while having tons of FUN!*

Middle School Camp: June 17 – June 20, 2019, This camp is for rising 7th and 8th graders. The camp meets from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers will learn how to create projects using 3D software and to print on a 3D printer.*

High School Camp: June 24 – 27, 2019, The camp meets from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily. Students will be provided with opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers will use the 3D printer and CNC machine to create a project to take home.*


Register Now 


Dr. Spyros Catechis to Attend Society of Psychologists in Management Conference

Dr. Catechis will attend the annual Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM) conference in Fort Worth, Texas February 7-9, 2019.

SPIM is a professional society made up of psychologists who work as executives, managers, leaders and consultants in a variety of sectors, including business, government, health, education, community services and higher academics.

He is currently a board member and serves as Chair of the Sponsorship Committee.

Bowling Bash 2019 set for February 22, 2019

We are pleased to announce the date for our 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser.

Join us on February 22, 2019 for the Southwest Schools Bowling Bash – a terrific evening of fun to raise funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors and scholarships for our younger students to attend local summer enrichment camps.

For complete details and sponsorship opportunties, please visit


Students Speak At Texas Charter School Association Conference

Our own Annia Lopez Campos (11thgrader at Empowerment High School) and Nigemi Ogundele (5thgrader at Bissonnet Elementary) had the opportunity to speak in front of over 600 educators at this year’s Texas Charter School Association Conference held this week in Houston, TX.  Watch the videos below to hear why they love Southwest Schools!


Summer Manufacturing Camp

The Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camp held this June provided 4th-9th grade students an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math through exciting hands-on activities. Campers learned how to think link inventors, problem-solve, collaborate, and create using a 3D printer. At the end of each week students went on a field trip where they were able to make real-life connections to what they were learning in the camp. Check out the photos…


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What Do You want to be When You Grow Up?


The Southwest Schools Summer Camp for 8th and 9th graders centers around that question.

“We want to foster, inspire, and empower our students to be innovative.  We want to expose them to skills and crafts that are probably not part of their daily lives,” says Rose Norman, Chief Research & Grants Officer.

Through Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs, 3D Modeling and Design Camp, students learn entrepreneurial skills including inventing, problem solving, and competing.  Challenged with using Tinkercad software to design a piece of jewelry that represents peace, the design is then output via a 3D printer.  After which, kids develop a marketing strategy to sell the jewelry to an older group of students.

Each week of the camp culminates in a field trip that showcases unique jobs in our community.  Storage and Processors (located at the Port of Houston) and Rice University’s 3D Lab are among the stops.

Southwest Schools thanks our Board of Directors President, Rick Hargrove, for encouraging us to apply for grant monies to make this camp possible for our students.

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June 19, 2018 – Meet & Greet Our New Principals

Parents and students are invited to attend a Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social with Southwest Schools’ newest principals – Deborah Silber, Principal, Discovery Middle School and Bianca Clark, Principal, Empowerment High School.

Date: Tuesday, June 19
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 6400 Westpark Drive, Suite 200

We look forward to seeing you there!

New TEA Website for Public Comment Process for Proposed Rulemaking

Southwest Schools is pleased to provide our stakeholders with website links provided by the Texas Education Agency that help facilitate public comments in proposed rulemaking.

A public comment is an opportunity for any interested person to submit data, views, or arguments on a proposed rule. The opportunity for public comment is required by state law, Texas Government Code, §2001.029.

The links are as follows:

TEA has also provided a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to answer questions you may have on the public comment process for proposed rulemaking. If you have any additional questions regarding the public comment process, you may contact the TEA Rulemaking Unit at (512) 475-1497 or by email at

Teacher and Support Staff Annual Winners

We are pleased to honor the following staff for earning recognition as superstars of the Southwest Schools District. 


DISTRICT WIDE TEACHER OF THE YEAR2018 Teachers of the Year Photo

  • Michael Bourquin- Mangum Elementary


  • Scott Lawton-Phoenix Schools


  • Bissonnet Elementary- Peggy Billingsley
  • Mangum Elementary-Michael Bourquin
  • Discovery Middle School- Donald Morgan
  • Empowerment High School-Jennifer Rollie
  • Phoenix School- Renaia Eugene
  • Young Learners – Azindokht Baradar


  • Bissonnet Elementary- Gricelda Perez
  • Mangum Elementary-Aleyda Salgado
  • Discovery Middle School- Rebecca Cruz
  • Empowerment High School-Todd Davis
  • Phoenix School- Scott Lawton
  • Young Learners-Rita Spivey

Congratulations to our winners and heartfelt gratitude to all our teachers and staff for another successful school year!

Campus Safety

Incident at our Empowerment Campus

Today, February 21st, we learned about a threatening post on social media at our Empowerment campus. We contacted the Houston Police Department, which quickly investigated the situation together with us. The students were never in any danger, and we took all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of our students. All parents from the campus have been contacted and made aware of the situation. We are workinglocal authorities to increase law enforcement presence at and around our campuses. As a district, we are also implementing additional safety measures to keep our campuses safe.

Communication is a key component in safety measures. Please feel free to communicate with us, and encourage your child/children to share their thoughts and feelings with you and with us.
We want to reassure all parents our commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment for our students and staff. All Southwest campuses will continue to operate under regular hours tomorrow, Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Thank you,
Southwest Schools Administration

Now Accepting Enrollment Applications for the 2018-2019 School Year

Southwest Schools is pleased to announce that enrollment applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year.

To apply, please call or visit one of our campuses or complete the application online at

Our Campuses

Learn more about the incredible opportunities for students by visiting one of our campuses.

Empowerment High School
6400 Westpark Dr.
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone: 713-954-9528
Discovery Middle School
6400 Westpark Dr.
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone: 713-954-9528
Discovery MS at Nehemiah
5015 Fannin St.
Houston, Texas 77004
Phone: (713) 526-5015
Mangum Elementary
4515 Mangum
Houston, Texas 77092
Phone: 713-688-0505
Bissonnet Elementary
8440 Bissonnet St.
Houston, Texas 77074
Phone: 713-988-5839
The Phoenix School (HQ)
6400 Westpark Dr.
Houston, Texas 77057
Phone 346-571-6060






Success at the 2018 Bowling Bash Scholarship Fundraiser

Thank you to the friends, faculty and sponsors of Southwest Schools who turned out to support our annual scholarship fundraiser.

The event played host to more than 150 people and raised funds through silent auction, games, sales of jewelry and vacation packages, and financial donations.  Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, Trustmark Banking & Financial Solutions as well as our guest host, Cathy Hernandez of Channel 2 Houston.

Congratulations to our bowling team winners:
1st Place-Bissonnet Men’s Team,  2nd Place-IT Team,  3rd Place-Trustmark Bank

Missed the event?  Visit to donate online.

Bid on Travel Packages to Support Our Bowling Bash Fundraiser

Take a vacation and help a student set his path forever!

Southwest Schools is working with TravelPledge to offer generous vacation packages for guests at the Annual Bowling Bash!  Proceeds of your vacation rental go directly to Southwest Schools to support scholarships for students.


Here you will see the fabulous packages that could be your next destination!

If you would like to bid early, you may send your bid amount by email to  Please identify the description of the package you are bidding on and the amount of your bid.

At the event, all emailed bids will be entered on the bid sheet and opened up to guests who are attending the event. If a package has a “2x” in the upper left corner, we will sell 2 packages to the 2 highest bidders.  All other packages are available to one, single, highest bidder. The bidding increment for vacation packages will be $100.00.  The highest bid will be announced at 4:45 PM, February 2, at the event.