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)



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!

Southwest Schools CLOSED (Tuesday May 26) Due to Flooding

Southwest Schools’ campuses and business offices will be closed today, Tuesday, May 26, due to flooding in and around the greater Houston area. The schools impacted are:

  • Southwest Middle and High School
  • Southwest Bissonnet Elementary
  • Southwest Mangum Elementary
  • Southwest District Office

Focused on the STAAR

April is the month for STAAR Testing (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) which is a standardized assessment tool utilized by schools in the state of Texas. The STAAR test aims to measure the knowledge and skills of students specifically in the four main subject areas: English, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

Students at Southwest Schools will be taking the STAAR test on the following dates;

March 30th-April 1st

April 20th-22nd

May 4th-8th and May 12th


A few tips and tricks for taking the STAAR test!

  1. Get a good night’s sleep
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast (limit sugar, eat protein…it’s brain food)
  3. Take your time
  4. Use the strategies your teachers have taught you
  5. Always, always remember to try your absolute best

Southwest Middle School Chess Teams Successfully Compete in the TCSAAL State Chess Finals

Our Middle School Chess Teams A & B went to the State Finals in Austin, TX  on Saturday, January 24th.  Team B placed 5th place in the state.  Team A placed  6th place in the state.  8th Grader Gabriel Hernandez won 4 / 5 rounds and placed 2nd for individual performance.  “WAY TO GO GABRIEL!”

Says Gabriel, “When I got my award, I felt happy for my team and myself.  It felt like I was finally completing something for my school, but I couldn’t have done this without my parents, my friends, my team, my school and my coaches, Mr. Bayaborda & Dr. Appea!” – Gabriel Hernandez

Chess Group


Southwest Middle School Begins Extended Day Program


87 Southwest Middle School students began receiving extended day tutoring services to help prepare them for the upcoming STAAR exams. Students in this program are selected based on performance goals with regard to key Texas Standards and receive an additional 45 minutes of small group instruction after official school hours twice per week from their regular teachers

Maria Rios Named Southwest Schools Newest Board Member


Southwest Schools welcomes Maria Rios as the newest member to the Board of Directors.

Maria Rios is the President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc., one of the first female Hispanic owned waste removal company in the United States. Maria’s dedication to providing the highest caliber of customer service has allowed Nation Waste, Inc. to become one of Houston’s largest minority owned waste removal companies.

Maria received a BA from the University of Houston in 1997. Upon graduation Maria purchased two trucks and Nation Waste, Inc. was born. As Nation Waste, Inc. has grown Maria has also been able to incorporate recycling allowing her to achieve yet another goal, succeeding in business while, “Working For The Environment.” Maria is proud to serve the entire.

Maria has built Nation Waste, Inc. into a successful waste removal and recycling company with a focus on how to serve others in the Houston community. The aftermath of devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Ike gave Maria the platform to demonstrate the extreme high caliber customer service she had built her success upon. Maria and her Nation Waste, Inc. team worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing requested service and seeking out those needing assistance. Maria Rios commitment to the community is also demonstrated by her support of Aldine Little League, the Harris County Sherriff’s Department, the Girl Scouts of America and other organizations.

Texas Charter Parent Teacher Alliance- “Why I Love My Charter School” contest


Three Southwest Schools campuses participated in the “Why I Love My Charter School” video contest sponsored by the Texas Charter Parent Teacher Alliance. The contest was to record a 60-90 minute digital video and compose a 500 word essay on why you love your charter school. Friends, families and supporters are encouraged to “like” their favorite videos on the TCPTA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Charter-Parent-Teacher-Alliance/933589126654972. Winners will be selected by combined popular vote via Facebook likes and a juried committee. The Phoenix School, Mangum Elementary and Middle & High School all submitted awesome videos and both the students and staff had a great time working together on this project.  The top three videos will premiere at the TCSA annual conference December 10th, 2014.


Vote for your favorite today!


Vote for The Phoenix School

Vote for Mangum Elementary

Vote for Middle & High School

Kids Cafe'


Kids Cafe’ and The Houston Food Bank

Southwest Schools and the Houston Food Bank have teamed up to help start children on the right path for success. The Kids Café program was launched nationally in 1993. The nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. Kids’ Café uses federal funding from Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

On a typical day in southeast Texas, an estimated 5,000 children will go to bed hungry. Children without proper nutrition have difficulties concentrating in school, excessive tardiness, and are more prone to illnesses that can hinder proper growth and development.

The students of Southwest Schools began enjoying hot meals in 2013 courtesy of the Houston Food Banks Kids’ Café. Through this popular program students receive a hot meal and milk each afternoon. The Kids’ Café program helps ensure that our students do not have to wonder if they are going to go to bed hungry and assures them that they are going to be okay.

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Southwest Lady Eagles Win over Yes Prep Gulfton!

In an dramatic best of 5 series of games last night, the Southwest Lady Eagles Volleyball ball team was victorious  against their Yes Prep Gulfton rivals. Led by team Captain Maya Johnson, the Lady Eagles won their first game but then lost their next two. However, they dug deep and found a way to battle back winning the next two games the last of which was an evenly matched, back and forth match culminating in a thrilling 2-point win. It is said that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”  Coach Ricks and our Lady Eagles have certainly taken that first step!

Lady Eagles video clip