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SWPS History: An Era of Accomplishment

In 1998, Southwest Preparatory School opened its doors to 23 students and today there are over 800. We have become the largest charter high school in Bexar County with four campuses located in the populated areas of the Northeast, Northwest and Southeast sections of San Antonio, Texas. If the past is any indication of what the future can be, then our growth and enviable record of success with at-risk students during the past 15 years will continue- as well our determination to provide high school graduation opportunities to students through tuition-free public elementary, middle and high school. 

Significant Historic Events

 March 6, 1998, Southwest Preparatory School ranks 2"' out of 165 charter applications to become a 2"' Generation charter school and one of six charter schools in San Antonio with a five year charter from the State Board of Education.

April 12, 1998, Southwest Winners Foundation, Inc. is created as the sponsoring non-profit for SWPS. 

August 12, 1998 SWPS opens the first day of school with 23 students in the Alamo Hill Shopping Center at 1248 Austin Hwy.

1998-1999 Students vote to have "Knights" as mascot narrowly defeating runner up "Blue Devils" by two votes. 

1999-2000 SWPS receives Discretionary Grant from TEA to start a co-op for special education. 

2001 SWPS expands to 735 S.W.W. White Rd. (Southeast Campus) and operates in the sanctuary of Hope Presbyterian Church.

2001 SWPS passes a 2.25 million municipal bond to purchase land on Austin Hwy, build the NE campus and to purchase Hope Presbyterian Church and site improvements at the SE campus.

2001 SWPS is selected by TEA to operate a pilot "virtual school."

2002 SWPS is awarded 1.3 million dollars to upgrade the SE campus and bring in the new education building and cafeteria building.

2002 SWPS expands to NW San Antonio and takes over the School of Excellence facilities and staff on Bandera Rd.

2003 SWPS moves the NW campus to the old Koger Center (Centerview Crossing Office Complex) off of Callaghan Rd.

2003 SWPS moves into NE campus at 1258 Austin Hwy. 

2003 SWPS starts an alternative school for District called "New Directions."

2003 SWPS charter is extended for 10 years to 2013. 

2004 SWPS starts a night school at NE campus.

2005 SWPS purchases vacant lot next to SE campus. 

2006 SWPS passes an 8 million dollar bond to build New Directions (NE Middle School), NW Campus in Alamo Downs and to refinance 2001 bonds at a lower interest rate.

2006-2007 SWPS New Directions Alternative Campus moves into the new building on the NE campus.

2007-2008 SWPS NW campus moves from Callaghan campus location to Alamo Downs.

2009 SWPS starts night school at NW Campus. 

2009-2010 SWPS starts local School Health Co-op.

2010 SWPS purchases campus vans.

2010- 2011 SWPS is awarded a 3-year TTIPS Transformation grant totaling approximately 9 million dollars. The purpose of the grant is to change our district from a credit recovery/drop-out prevention school to a college preparatory model.

2011-2012 SWPS NE Campus is SACS Accredited.

2012-2013 SWPS opens Middles Schools at each campus and converts New Directions alternative school to NE Middle School.

2012-2013 SWPS SE & NW Campuses are SACS Accredited.

2012-2013 SWPS NW Campus adds students from Shekinah Radiance schools.

2012-2013 SWPS hires architects to begin planning NW multi-purpose building.

2012-2013 SWPS applies for ten-year charter renewal.

2013 SWPS purchases a bus to transport NW students to the NE campus.

2013-2014 SWPS expands to elementary grades at NE campus and SE Campus.

2013-2014 SWPS adds NW Elementary School on Culebra Rd.

2013-2014 SWPS is approved to expand to contiguous counties.

2013-2014 SWPS·adds elementary grades to NE Campus by remodeling New-Directions building.

2014-2015 SWPS adds elementary building to the SE Campus.

2015-2016 Remodel Grace Family Bible Church

2016-2017 Open Seguin Elementary School PreK-5; Purchase property from Grace Family Bible Church; Refinance Debt and borrow funds for Phase Two of Seguin and NW Gym.  Complete Phase Two Seguin.

2017-2018 Add grade 6 to Seguin Elementary School.  Remodel NW to add classrooms and grades 5 and 6.  Begin construction of the NW gym.

2018-2019 Add grade 7 to Seguin Elementary School; Twenty Year Anniversary.  Complete the NW gym. 

2019-2020 Add grade 8 to Seguin School