Southwest Open Charter School

401 North Dolores Road
Cortez, CO 81321
Rating
4/
10
Bottom 50%
Southwest Open Charter School serves 133 students in grades 9-12.
Southwest Open Charter School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Colorado for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is ≤20% (which is lower than the Colorado state average of 33%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 21-39% (which is lower than the Colorado state average of 47%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Colorado state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 45% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Colorado state average of 48% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative school / Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 133 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 45%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 30-39% (Btm 50% in CO)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤20% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 21-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Southwest Open Charter School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Colorado for:

School Overview

Southwest Open Charter School's student population of 133 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 10 teachers has grown by 11% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
133 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
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School Rankings

Southwest Open Charter School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,734 schools in Colorado (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Southwest Open Charter School is 0.61, which is equal to the diversity score at state average of 0.61. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CO)
Overall Testing Rank
#1186 out of 1734 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
≤20%
33%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
21-39%
47%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
15:1
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American Indian
18%
1%
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Asian
n/a
3%
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Hispanic
25%
35%
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Black
n/a
4%
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White
55%
52%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
2%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.61
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Graduation Rate
30-39%
81%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
65%
30%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
6%
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Source: 2021-2022 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Southwest Open Charter School's ranking?
Southwest Open Charter School is ranked #1186 out of 1,734 schools, which ranks it among the bottom 50% of public schools in Colorado.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
≤20% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 33% CO state average), while 21-39% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 47% CO state average).
What is the graduation rate of Southwest Open Charter School?
The graduation rate of Southwest Open Charter School is 30-39%, which is lower than the Colorado state average of 81%.
How many students attend Southwest Open Charter School?
133 students attend Southwest Open Charter School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
55% of Southwest Open Charter School students are White, 25% of students are Hispanic, 18% of students are American Indian, and 2% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Southwest Open Charter School?
Southwest Open Charter School has a student ration of 13:1, which is lower than the Colorado state average of 15:1.
What grades does Southwest Open Charter School offer ?
Southwest Open Charter School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Southwest Open Charter School part of?
Southwest Open Charter School is part of Montezuma-Cortez School District No. Re-1.

School Reviews

5   7/27/2012
I always believe innovation that best fit student ability to learn should be the standard, and SW Open High School is such a school. It does not fit all students, but those that need alternative method of learning.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - ray.b

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Alternative school / Charter School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 133 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 45%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 30-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : ≤20% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 21-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CO Dept. of Education

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