Pandemic-EBT Application

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children up to age 21 who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year but their school is now closed. Your child must attend school in Texas to be eligible.

Who needs to apply for P-EBT?
  • If your family got SNAP benefits for the month of March this year and you have children between the ages of 5 and 18, YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY.
  • Everyone else must apply to get P-EBT benefits. (This includes if you applied for SNAP benefits in April or May.)
  • Complete the entire application to see if your child is eligible. Answering all questions will help us process your application more quickly.
  • Applications will be processed in the order they are received. The P-EBT amount for each eligible child is up to $285.00.
  • If your household currently receives SNAP and you are eligible for P-EBT benefits, they will be put on your current Lone Star Card. If you are not currently receiving SNAP, we will mail you a new card with P-EBT benefits.
  • A child is eligible for only one P-EBT benefit, even if they are a part of multiple households. P-EBT benefits are nontransferable.


Online Enrollment Now Available

Southwest Schools Enroll Now

Southwest Schools is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year online!

The process is fast and simple!  Go to to secure your spot for the coming school year.

Complete the Enrollment Application Online

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Southwest Schools Closure

Superintendent Letter-School Closure 2020

April 17, 2020

Dear Southwest Schools Community:

On behalf of the district, I hope you and your family are safe and well. This past month has been difficult to say the least, but we are so proud to serve you, and extremely grateful for all that you have done and continue to do for our students. In spite of COVID-19, you continue to put the well-being and education of our students first, and for that, I say THANK YOU.

This afternoon Governor Abbott extended campus closure through the end of this school year.  This decision is in alignment with the priorities of Southwest Schools (SWS).  The safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority. Due to safety concerns and the ongoing need for social distancing, our campuses will remain closed for the remainder of this school year.  The need for safety through social distancing warrants that SWS  continues to keep campuses closed during this pandemic.

While our school campuses will be closed, learning is not closed and is ongoing!  I want to emphasize that school is not over for the year. SWS, including teachers, administrators, parents, and other student support systems, will strengthen our efforts to create and implement learning outside of the school campus. Our students will continue with their home learning. We will continue to do our best to provide our students and families with optimal learning as we develop and implement this new district-wide system.

During this time, communication between our educators, students, and parents becomes ever more crucial. To that end, it is very important that our school administrators have the correct contact information for students and families. If you have not received information directly from your school, please call your school’s main office and provide your current contact information. By this time, every student/family should have received multiple communications from both their campus and SWS district office.

We know that many families are experiencing challenges and hardships during this unprecedented time. Every day seems to bring changes, and these changes can be stressful for us all. Please remember this unwavering fact:  we are in this together for as long as it takes. We care deeply about the well-being of each and every student.

For our high school seniors and their families, you have our commitment that the closure will not impact your ability to graduate as long as you work with your administration and teachers to complete the assignments that are being sent to you. We are working to plan a graduation ceremony later this year.  We understand that this will be different from what was expected.  We will work together to make sure that you have a memorable graduation experience. #SWSclassof2020

This experience is testing all of us. It also serves as a strong reminder that we are a resilient community. There is no place else that I would rather be than working to serve our students, staff, and families.

Stay home.  Stay safe.

Warmest wishes,

Janelle James

Superintendent of Schools

17 de abril de 2020

Estimada Comunidad de Southwest Schools:

En nombre del distrito, espero que ustedes y su familia estén sanos y salvos. Este último mes ha sido difícil, pero estamos muy orgullosos de servirles y estamos extremadamente agradecidos por todo lo que han hecho y siguen haciendo por nuestros alumnos. A pesar de COVID-19, ustedes continúan poniendo en primer lugar el bienestar y la educación de nuestros alumnos, y por eso les digo GRACIAS.

Esta tarde, el gobernador Abbott extendió el cierre de los planteles hasta el final de este año escolar. Esta decisión está alineada con las prioridades de Southwest Schools (SWS).  La seguridad y la salud de nuestros alumnos y personal es nuestra máxima prioridad. Debido a preocupaciones de seguridad y la continua necesidad de distanciamiento social, nuestros planteles permanecerán cerrados por el resto de este año escolar.  La necesidad de seguridad a través del distanciamiento social amerita que Southwest Schools (SWS) continúe manteniendo los planteles cerrados durante esta pandemia.

Aunque nuestros planteles estarán cerrados, ¡el aprendizaje no está cerrado y continua!  Quiero enfatizar que la escuela no ha terminado por el año. SWS incluyendo maestros, administradores, padres y otros sistemas de apoyo estudiantil, fortalecerán nuestros esfuerzos para crear e implementar el aprendizaje fuera de los planteles escolares. Nuestros alumnos continuarán con su aprendizaje en el hogar. Continuaremos haciendo nuestro mejor esfuerzo para proporcionar a nuestros alumnos y familias un aprendizaje óptimo a medida que desarrollamos e implementamos este nuevo sistema en todo el distrito.

Durante este tiempo la comunicación entre nuestros educadores, alumnos y padres se vuelve cada vez más crucial.  Es muy importante que los administradores de nuestra escuela tengan la información correcta de los datos de contacto de los alumnos y las familias. Si no ha recibido información directamente de su escuela, llame a la oficina principal de su escuela y proporcione su información de contacto actualizada. A la fecha, cada alumno/familia debió haber recibido múltiples comunicaciones tanto de su plantel como de la oficina de Distrito de SWS.

Sabemos que muchas familias están experimentando desafíos y dificultades durante este tiempo sin precedentes.  Todos los días parecen traer cambios, y estos cambios pueden ser estresantes para todos nosotros.  Recuerde este hecho inquebrantable: estamos juntos en esto y por el tiempo que sea necesario.  Nos preocupamos profundamente por el bienestar de todos y cada uno de los alumnos.

Para nuestros alumnos del último año de preparatoria y sus familias, es nuestro compromiso que el cierre de las escuelas no afectará su capacidad de graduarse siempre y cuando trabajen con su administración y maestros para completar las tareas que se le envían.  Estamos trabajando para planificar una ceremonia de graduación a finales de este año.  Entendemos que esto será diferente de lo que se esperaba.  Trabajaremos juntos para asegurarnos que tengan una experiencia inolvidable de su graduación.  #SWSclassof2020

Esta experiencia nos está probando a todos. También nos sirve como un fuerte recordatorio de que somos una comunidad resistente. No hay otro lugar en el que quisiera estar que estar trabajando para servir a nuestros alumnos, personal y familias.

Quédese  en casa. Manténgase a salvo.

Los más cálidos deseos,

Janelle James

Superintendente de Escuelas

Scholarship Application is Now Open

2020 Bowling Bash Scholarship Application is Now Open

SWS Bowling Bash 2020

All Southwest Schools seniors at The Phoenix School and Empowerment High School are invited to complete the Bowling Bash Scholarship application.

Seven scholarships will be awarded totaling over $3000!

Click the link below and submit the application by May 16 for award consideration.

School Suspended Through May 1st


Southwest Schools Community,

This afternoon, the Governor of Texas announced Texas schools must remain closed until Friday, May 1st. Southwest Schools will continue the suspension of normal operations through Friday, May 1st . As of now, our earliest return date will be Monday, May 4th.  However, the district will continue to mobilize efforts to provide students with remote instruction and digital learning experiences during this school closure. This is a fluid situation and the school district leadership team will reevaluate the closure during the week of April 27th. We will continue to keep you informed via our district website, call outs and social media.

Over the past couple of weeks, Southwest Schools’ teachers have been delivering remote instruction through several platforms. The plan is to continue to offer these learning opportunities for our students. We ask for your patience and understanding as our team continues to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding online learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

The health and well-being of Southwest Schools students, staff and our community remains our top priority.  We miss our students, families and staff, and we look forward to returning to normal operations.

Stay safe, stay home.



Comunidad de Southwest Schools:

Esta tarde, el gobernador de Texas anunció que las escuelas de Texas deben permanecer cerradas hasta el viernes 1 de mayo. Southwest Schools continuará la suspensión de las operaciones normales hasta el viernes 1 de mayo.  A partir de ahora, nuestra primera fecha de regreso será el lunes 4 de mayo.  Sin embargo, el distrito continuará movilizando esfuerzos para proporcionar a los alumnos instrucción a distancia y experiencias de aprendizaje digital durante el cierre de escuela.  Esta es una situación fluida y el equipo de liderazgo del Distrito Escolar reevaluará el cierre durante la semana del 27 de abril.  Continuaremos manteniéndolos informados a través de nuestro sitio web del Distrito, llamadas y redes sociales.

Durante las últimas dos semanas, los maestros de Southwest Schools han estado impartiendo instrucción a distancia a través de varias plataformas. El plan es continuar ofreciendo estas oportunidades de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes.   Le pedimos su paciencia y comprensión mientras nuestro equipo continúa navegando por los muchos detalles de esta situación sin precedentes.  Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud con respecto al aprendizaje en línea, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo.

La salud y el bienestar de los alumnos de Southwest Schools, el personal y nuestra comunidad sigue siendo nuestra principal prioridad.  Extrañamos a nuestros alumnos, familias y personal, y esperamos volver a las operaciones normales.

Mantente a salvo, quédate en casa.


Important Update 4.1.20

Instructional Plan for School Closure

While the district is closed in an effort to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we expect our students to continue learning at home with the remote support of our teacher and support personnel.

Students will receive direct communication and instruction from their teachers through a virtual learning platform and/or teacher developed packets.  Each campus in the district will communicate with families the virtual platform that will be utilized campus wide.  Through the platform parents/students can find support videos, documents and resources.  The school’s virtual platform and other instructional software programs can be accessed online through Classlink.

Teachers will communicate directly with families and students with specific information regarding their classes and required lessons for students. Resources will be updated frequently for families to access additional activities to support the lessons assigned by their teachers. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor this work so that learning is on-going as we wait to re-open schools.

SWS Student Device Loaner Agreement 19-20

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Mientras el distrito está cerrado a razón del esfuerzo por proteger a nuestra comunidad de la propagación de COVID-19, esperamos que nuestros alumnos continúen aprendiendo en casa con el apoyo remoto de los maestros y personal.

Alumnos recibirán comunicación e instrucción directamente de sus maestros por una plataforma virtual de aprendizaje y/o paquetes creado por el/la maestro(a).  Cada plantel en el distrito comunicará con las familias que plataforma virtual utilizarán.  Por la plataforma padres/alumnos pueden encontrar apoyo por videos, documentos y recursos.  Tendrán acceso a la plataforma virtual escolar y otros programas instruccionales por Classlink.

Los maestros se comunicarán directamente con los alumnos y sus familias referente a la información específica de sus clases y las lecciones requeridas para los alumnos.  Los recursos se actualizarán con frecuencia para que las familias accedan a actividades adicionales para apoyar las lecciones asignadas por sus maestros.  Es importante que los padres y cuidadores monitoreen este trabajo para que el aprendizaje continúe mientras esperamos volver a abrir las escuelas.

SWS Student Device Loaner Agreement 19-20

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