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

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…

SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 1 SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 2 SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 3 SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 4 SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 5 SWS Summer Manufacturing Camp 6

Renaia Eugene and Scott Lawton Receive Top Honors

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!

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

Campus CLOSED Friday, November 3rd

Southwest Schools’ campuses and administrative office will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd to allow our families and staff to enjoy the parade to celebrate our Would Series Champions #HoustonAstros!

“Our district is in agreeance with HISD: We are very proud to celebrate our champions with the rest of the city. We are also basing this decision on the congestions and heavy traffic that the parade can potentially cause around Houston.” – Janelle James, CEO/Superintendent of Schools.

Celebrate and be safe!
We will resume back to our regular schedule on Monday, November 6th.

Southwest Schools Closed Nov 3

Hurricane Harvey Donations & Relief: A Message from the Superintendent

Southwest Cares

The Southwest Schools family pledges to support one another in the aftermath of the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. Join with us to help the student families and staff members  impacted by this terrible disaster. 

Dear Southwest Schools Community,

As we transition from the impact of such an historic event as Hurricane Harvey to creating a new normalcy in our district for our staff, students, and parents, my thoughts continue to be with you for peace, safety and strength. The recovery from such a devastating weather event is never easy, yet I am comforted by the compassion and humanity of people like our Southwest community.

The next few weeks and the ongoing recovery of our region will be long and difficult. As is our culture, the Southwest Schools family will support one another and we’ll get through this together.

We invite you to donate to the relief effort that will directly aid our student families and staff members who have been impacted by this terrible disaster.

Please continue to check the districts website at, Facebook, and Twitter to obtain important updates regarding the start of school and information and resources to support you and your family during this unexpected transitional time. If you have any questions or need to leave a message for your campus you can respond by email to

These recent bright skies give us a renewed sense of hope and are a reminder that our community is full of light and love; let’s continue to lean on each other!

All the best,

Janelle James, Superintendent/CEO of Schools


Dr. Spyros Catechis, Founder/CEO

Donate Now


All donations will go directly to Southwest Schools Hurricane victims.

Donate Online: Select “Other” and enter “Hurricane Relief” in the text box

Donate by Check: Make checks payable to Southwest Schools and include Hurricane Relief in the memo line


September 5th – 8th

Any Southwest Schools Campus

8:00AM – 3:30PM

  • School Supplies
  • First Aid Items
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Baby Diapers, Baby Formula
  • Clothing (all sizes)
  • Cleaning Supplies

WEATHER UPDATE: Southwest Schools Closed Until September 11th

Southwest Schools campuses will be closed until September 11th due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

The safety of our staff, our students and their families is our top priority. The storms and heavy rains that affected parts of the city make conditions too dangerous for school to begin any sooner.

Administrative and non-instructional staff are to report for duty on September 5th.  Teachers are to report in on September 6th.

August 28 – First Day of School

Welcome to another wonderful school year! It’s so hard to believe we’re getting ready for 2017-2018 to begin. It’s our hope that all our Southwest Schools families had a safe summer and are ready to begin an exciting school year.  The teachers and staff are looking forward to seeing everyone again and are eager to meet our new families in the community.

We’ll see you on the 28th!

New Career and Technology Center

Southwest Schools is pleased to announce the expansion of Southwest Middle School and Southwest High School with the addition of the new Career and Technology Center to serve the District’s secondary students.

The STEAM facility, located within the Middle School and High School complex, will introduce more than 17,500 square feet of space for math, science, fine arts, and technology courses. Features will include flexible and collaborative spaces, state-of-the-art computer systems, industrial learning equipment, a performance hall, and more.

Known for its safe, innovative and intimate campuses, Southwest Schools will be able to accommodate an additional 60 high school and 110 middle school students from across the Houston area. “We planned this expansion as part of Southwest Schools strategic plan to provide more space for innovative teaching and learning, with a focus on enhancing 21st Century career and college readiness”, says Dr. Brenda Arteaga, Superintendent.

The Center that was designed by local Houston architect, Kay Macias, is being constructed by Longevity Realty Partners (LRP) and is scheduled to open for the 2017-2018 school year.

For enrollment information, to learn more about Southwest Schools or to become a community partner, please visit


Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year

Welcome New Students!

Enrollment applications are now being accepted at all Southwest Schools campuses for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to apply.

About Southwest Schools

Southwest Schools is a premier school district open to students in the Greater Houston Area. Small, safe campuses provide the perfect setting to help kids Pre-K through 12th grade learn, grow and prepare for their futures!

Introducing New Phoenix School Principals

It is with great pride and excitement that we introduce Ms. Marian Kennedy and Ms. Grace Marshall as the newly appointed Co-Principals of Southwest Phoenix School.

Both principals are experienced leaders and dedicated to ensuring that our students and staff have the best learning environment possible.

We are looking forward to a successful school year under the leadership of our new principals.

Marian Kennedy
Marian Kennedy
Grace Marshall Photo
Grace Marshall

Generous Grant from Chevron for Project Lead the Way


Chevron LogoWe are pleased to announce that Southwest Schools has been awarded a grant from Chevron to expand the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program across our District.   The grant will focus on the implementation of three programs: LAUNCH for elementary; GATEWAY for middle school; and ENGINEERING for high school.

PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S.  Among other significant findings, independent research studies reveal that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers.

STEM education is key to keeping the U.S. competitive. Project Lead The Way offers students and educators world-class curricula and teacher training to help kids obtain the in-demand, transferable skills they need to excel. Chevron is proud to partner with Project Lead The Way to help provide access to engineering curriculum to 100,000 students across the U.S.

Visit  to learn more.

Phoenix School Teacher Spotlighted on “Donors Choose”

Ms. Millanee Reed, K-5th grade teacher at the Phoenix School (Southwest Schools) was recognized by as one of eight inspiring projects.                                                                                                                                                               (Get the full story here…

The project, funded in full by individual donors, will provide a home and accessories for the class pet – a bearded dragon named Spike.

would like to start off with a GIANT Thanks! It is extremely difficult to share how much of an impact your donation made to my classroom and in turn to my students. This year we have had an addition to our classroom, a bearded dragon named Spike. My students and I are crazy about our class pet. 

We would like you to know that Spike loves the additional accessories we were able to get due to your direct funding. He loves his heated rock, while he is not able to tell us this, we can see because he is hardly ever off of it. This rock has become an integral part of his continued development. He has grown so much in the last month or so.

As for the other supplies, my students have really taken to being creative with STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. As you can see in the photos submitted, they are budding artists and scientists.

The impact of your gifts has had an overall tremendous effect on how we approach our Science activities and their abilities to change their thinking from this is hard to I think I can try this another way!

With gratitude,
Ms. Reed

A response by staff sums up the efforts made by Ms. Reed, “Your wonderful request showcases the amazing things happening in classrooms across the country, and will certainly help fellow teachers create their own projects.”


For periodic updates, photos and videos, follow Reed the Bearded Dragon on Instagram

Congratulations Shawn Ceppi 2016 Phoenix School Teacher of the Year

Please join me in congratulating Shawn Ceppi, 2016 Phoenix School Teacher of the Year. From here Ms. Ceppi will represent the Phoenix campus in competing for District Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

Ms. Ceppi - 2016 Teacher of the Year (left) Brett Schriewer - Principal (right)
Ms. Ceppi – 2016 Teacher of the year (left)
Brett Schriewer – Principal (right)
Phoenix School Faculty & Staff
Phoenix School Faculty & Staff

Phoenix Schools NEW Program is a Hit!


Archway’s Board of Directors kicked off a new and exciting Career and Mentoring Program at the beginning of 2015-2016 school year. Once a month speakers from around the Houston area visit the Phoenix School and share their experience in education, career path, the love their job, and many other interesting facts.  Students break out into small groups and have the opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers such as an attorney, oil rig supervisor, photographer, landscaper, restaurant owner, sports pro, corporate image consultant, drug/alcohol counselor, HPD Sargent, CEO, music producer, interior designer, tattoo artist, accountant, human resources professional, inspiration speaker, chemist and many more.

Our students are truly enjoying this program, we are working to make Career and Mentoring Program a regular part of our schedule to give our students a monthly connection to career goals and aspirations.

Annual Cupid’s Strike Bowling Bash Fundraiser to be Held February 2016 

We are shining our bowling balls and buffing our bowling shoes in preparation for Southwest Schools 4th Annual “Cupid’s Strike Bowling Bash” Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Palace Lanes (4191 Bellaire Blvd. Houston TX, 77025).

Last year, we raised over $10,000, with all proceeds going directly to student scholarships. This year, our goal is to raise $15,000 which includes payment of students’ college application fees as wells as traditional scholarships

As a Sponsor, you will have a lifelong impact on the education of children and the lives of their families.  Sponsorship is tax deductible and includes two hours of bowling, food, raffles and more! We invite you to join us and support our efforts to continue providing scholarships to deserving students.

On behalf of our students, I thank you for what you’ve already done for them.  And I thank you in advance for your continued support.   If you have any questions, please call Marcus Brewer at 713-784-6345. Looking forward to seeing you at the bowling alley.  (click here to learn more and to register) 


Angela Murphy                                              

Board Member/Event Chair


Dr. Spyros Catechis

Founder/CEO & Event Co-Chair