The goal of the English department is to implement an instructional program that highlights interrelationships among the different domains of language arts: reading, writing, written and oral English-language conventions, and speaking and listening. The aim is to prepare students to be critical thinkers and writers and to academically prepare them for post-secondary education. Students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier grades yet in more refined and sophisticated ways as they analyze literature and other informational materials. Creativity and originality are encouraged as students strive to foster an appreciation for the subject.
AP Literature and AP Language classes also are offered as options.
The Languages Department is inspired to provide a learning environment where students are able to learn the foundation of an additional language, while also gaining cultural exploration of that language. Students are encouraged to use the language in their daily lives, while keeping awareness of where languages are used globally. Beginning students are provided with the tools to communicate basic introductions and needs, while intermediate students are taught to communicate in an array of daily situations. Opportunities exist for students to pursue advanced levels of the language to further explore their skills.
The Physical Education Department aims to develop the whole student. It is strongly believed that the lessons learned outside of the classroom are equally important as those within. Games and activities are designed to encourage cooperation, compromise and teamwork. Exercises that focus on strength, flexibility and endurance will help to develop and maintain physical well being. The goal is for each student to continually pursue their own positive health and fitness beyond graduation from Southwestern Academy.
Creative expression and innovation are the foundation of the mission for the Visual and Performing Arts Department. A nurturing atmosphere with small class sizes is conducive to all levels of creativity and exploration. Whether a student is new to the arts, or is preparing for a career in the arts, the department will assist in the achievement of those goals.
In the visual arts, students learn traditional skills in art and photography, explore three dimensional design using a 3D printer, and acquire various applications from the Adobe Creative Suite. In the performing arts, musicians practice and perform together in small ensembles showcasing musical genres including jazz, classic rock, and pop. Drama students have the opportunity to perform various theatrical works. Each spring, all VPA students participate in the annual Arts Festival to showcase their achievements.
Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the arts are regularly accepted to colleges such as Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, SVA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Otis and CCA and Berklee College of Music.
The English Language Learning (ELL) Department endeavors to provide students with a smooth transition from their native language to English mainstream classes. Particular emphasis is placed on the grammatical foundations of the English language, as well as a strong phonics base for reading. The department guides students with an array of thought-provoking and exciting literature, with a focus on writing skills that enhance clarity and style. ELL students are actively encouraged to understand and practice communication skills and self-exploration through reading, analyzing, research, writing, and listening. Multi-cultural classrooms promote sensitivity among the students and faculty.
The Mathematics Department challenges students to become proficient mathematicians who are confident in their abilities. Students are expected and encouraged to take math each year in order to continually engage their problem-solving abilities, while expanding their skill sets to allow them to take on increasingly demanding curriculum.
AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC are offered as options.
The Social Studies curriculum cultivates critical thinking, passion, and an ability to approach information and questions from a historical perspective, which are essential in becoming a thoughtful and responsible citizen of the world. Through both required and elective classes, students and faculty work together to interrogate the political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual developments of the different societies that have led to our present, globalized marketplace.
Whether reading the great ancient authors, examining the precepts of Hinduism, assessing the Reconstruction Era in the USA, understanding modern Chinese trade negotiations, or debating the issues in an upcoming election, students will sequentially gain the skills and strategies they will need in successfully meeting the demands of their post-secondary life.
AP Human Geography and AP European History are also offered as options.
The Southwestern Academy Science Department provides a solid foundation in the core sciences of Physics, Biology, and Chemistry. Hands-on laboratory work is integral at all levels to help develop reasoning skills and apply scientific principles using proper techniques. Students learn to relate key connections across all areas of science, therefore each course helps prepare students for successive courses and higher-level courses in both high school and college. A flexible fourth-year science is offered to allow for more focused advanced studies.
San Marino Campus
Southwestern Academy (“we” or the “Company”) respects your privacy and we are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this Policy. This Policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the website southwesternacademy.edu (our “Website”), and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing that information. We may refer to our Website and any Application cumulatively as our “Platform.”
This Policy applies to any information that we collect on the Platform, including any information in any emails, posts, texts and other electronic messages between you and the Platform and any information about you transferred to the Platform from other websites. This Policy also applies to any related information that we collect about you offline but that will be processed by automated means using the Platform. This Policy does not apply to any other information that we collect by any means.
INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU AND HOW WE COLLECT IT
We may collect several types of information from and about users of our Platform, including information by which you may be personally identified, such as your name, postal address, email address, telephone number and photograph. In addition, if we sell any goods or services on our Platform, we may collect information required for the payment for goods or services, including credit card numbers, security codes and other financial information. All of this information is cumulatively referred to in this Policy as “Personal Information.”
The information we collect on or through our Platform may include information that you provide by registering to use our Platform, using our services, posting material, requesting further services or reporting a problem with our Platform. We will also retain records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.
As you navigate through and interact with our Platform, we may automatically collect certain traffic data and usage information to help us manage our content and improve your use of the Platform. This may include information about your equipment, your IP address and your browsing actions and patterns when you visit our Platform, including the referring and exit pages. The technologies that we use for this automatic data collection may include cookies that are stored on your computer, small embedded electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) and other types of embedded code on the Platform that permit us to count users and obtain other related Platform statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain Platform content and verifying system and server integrity).
You also may provide information to be posted, published or displayed on public areas of the Platform, or transmitted to other users of the Platform or third parties, including information, feedback and comments (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on the Platform and transmitted to others at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Platform with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
We may obtain Personal Information and other data from integrated third-party applications, programs and/or devices that you may elect to use in connection with the Platform (“Programs”). You should review the third-party privacy policies applicable to information transferred to us from Programs, since they may allow different or broader uses of that information than would be permitted by our Policy.
LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING
HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any Personal Information, to present our Platform and its contents to you, to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us, and to fulfill any other purpose for which you provide the information. If you purchase products or services, we may transmit your Personal Information to payment processors. We may also use your Personal Information to notify you about changes to our Platform or any products or services we offer or provide through it and to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection. We may also use the information that you provide in any other way that we describe when you provide the information and for any other purpose with your consent.
We may use your Personal Information for any permitted marketing purposes. This may include (1) processing and analyzing collected information to create other descriptive or predictive data; (2) transferring collected information, processed information, or descriptive or predictive data to another user, website or other third party; (3) allowing participation in interactive features of the Platform; (4) using User Contributions to rate features, products or services; or (5) creating affinity-based groups of users.
We retain your Personal Information while you are using the Platform to improve your use of the Platform. Once you are no longer using our Platform, we will store your Personal Information for so long as we may need it to answer questions about the products or services that we provided, or to comply with the recordkeeping requirements of applicable law.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may disclose your Personal Information for any permitted marketing purposes. This may include (1) disclosing collected information, processed information, or descriptive or predictive data to another user, website or other third party; (2) disclosing User Contributions to rate features, products or services; or (3) creating affinity-based groups of users. We may also disclose your Personal Information for any other purpose disclosed when the information is provided, and for any other purpose with your consent.
We may pseudonymize some of your Personal Information so that it can no longer be attributed to you without the use of other separately maintained information, or convert or combine some of your Personal Information into de-identified or aggregated data that does not disclose any of the Personal Information of any individual user. We may disclose any such pseudonymized, de-identified or aggregated data without restriction.
Some of the information that we collect from cookies, web beacons or other embedded code relates to your personal use of the Platform and allows us to store information about your preferences, speed up your searches and recognize you when you return to our Platform. Other information that we collect from cookies, web beacons or other embedded code is not tied to your Personal Information and enables us to estimate our audience size and usage patterns. This traffic data may be shared with third parties without restriction.
We may disclose Personal Information to our subsidiaries and affiliates and to any contractors, service providers and other third parties who need to know such information to support our permitted uses of Personal Information. We may disclose such Personal Information to a buyer or other successor to our business in the event of a sale of equity or assets, reorganization, merger or a similar corporate transaction, and any due diligence review with respect to any such proposed transaction.
SOCIAL MEDIA SITES AND WIDGETS
If you log onto the Platform through Facebook or a similar social media site, certain information about you will be transferred to the Platform, and the fact that you have logged onto the Platform and some of that transferred information may be available to other users of the social media site. That information may be subject to the privacy policies of any such social media site, and you should review those policies before using a social media site to log onto the Platform. Any such transferred information will otherwise be subject to the terms of this Policy.
You may be able to use social media widgets such as the Facebook Like button on the Platform. These widgets will collect your IP address and identify which page you are visiting on the Platform and make your preference information available to third parties. The information collected by such widgets is controlled by third-party privacy policies.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR MARKETING PURPOSES
We may use your Personal Information to provide you with promotional information about our own products and services. We may use your Personal Information for our tracking purposes, but only to the extent described below
We do NOT provide any of your Personal Information to third parties to use for advertising, marketing or tracking purposes.
We do not currently collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across third-party sites for tracking purposes. We do not currently allow third parties to collect Personal Information on the Platform that could be used by them to analyze and store information about your online activities over time and across third-party sites for tracking purposes.
This website follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION
If you do not wish to have your Personal Information used by us to promote our own or third parties’ products or services, or if you do not want us to share your Personal Information with third parties (including for promotional or direct marketing purposes, such as delivering advertisements according to our advertisers’ target-audience preferences), you can opt out by logging into the Platform and adjusting your user preferences in your account profile by checking or unchecking the relevant boxes or by sending us an email stating your request to [email protected] For this opt-out to function, you must have your browser set to accept browser cookies. If we have sent you a promotional email, you may send us a return email asking to be omitted from future email distributions. Your opt-out would not apply to disclosure to a third party that is acting on our behalf and under our instructions in support of our permitted uses of your Personal Information.
USERS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES
Our Platform is hosted in the United States and our services are provided from the United States. It is possible that certain information will be stored on servers in multiple other countries on the “cloud” or other similar distributed hosting platforms. If you are a resident of any country other than the United States, please note that by providing your Personal Information to us, you are consenting to the transfer of your Personal Information to the United States and other jurisdictions as indicated above, and to our use and disclosure of your Personal Information in accordance with this Policy.
If you are a resident of the European Union, please note that the EU has determined that the laws of the United States do not provide adequate protection for your Personal Information. Accordingly, we are transferring your Personal Information from the EU to the United States based on your consent, or our need to use your Personal Information to provide goods or services that you order, and subject to the following additional protections:
If we intend to disclose your Personal Information to any third party that will carry out processing on our behalf, we will enter into a contract with that third party that provides that your Personal Information may be processed only for limited and specified purposes consistent with the consent that you have provided to us, and that the third party must provide the same level of protection for your Personal Information that we are obligated to provide under this Policy while it is processing your Personal Information.
If your Personal Information is being processed by automated means, you have the right to obtain a copy of your provided Personal Information, together with certain additional Personal Information that we have generated as a result of your use of our services, in a structured and commonly used and machine-readable format, and to transfer such Personal Information to another service provider. Upon your request, we will transfer that Personal Information directly to another service provider if it is feasible for us to do so.
If we are processing your Personal Information based on your consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time.
You may restrict our use of your Personal Information, by sending us an email stating your request to [email protected] If you have contested the accuracy of that information, or if the processing is unlawful or you need the information to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim, we will then store your Personal Information and process it only with your consent, or to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim or to protect the rights of others. The restriction with respect to information claimed to be inaccurate would end if we verify the accuracy of that contested information.
We may create profiles to analyze or predict your performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behavior, location or movements. However, we do not make any decision about you that would have legal consequences or similarly significant affects for you based solely on automated decision-making, including the use of profiles.
Upon our receipt of your request by email and our verification of your identity, we will advise you whether or not we are processing Personal Information concerning you and, if so, we will provide you with a copy of your Personal Information being processed and certain information about the nature and purposes of the processing. If your Personal Information is used for automated decision-making, we will provide you with information on the logic being used and the types of decisions being made. You may correct any such Personal Information that is inaccurate or incomplete.
Upon your request, we will erase any of your Personal Information that is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was collected, or that is being used for direct marketing purposes, or if our use is based on your consent and you withdraw that consent.
Our Platform may be used by children in the European Union between the ages of 13 and 16 only with parental consent. If we learn we have collected or received Personal Information from a child in the European Union under the age of 16 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. In addition, if we have collected Personal Information from any child in the European Union to provide goods or services to that child for a fee, we will erase the Personal Information of that child upon request.
If we are using your Personal Information on the basis of your consent, and we change our Policy to permit any use or disclosure of your Personal Information that is materially different than the uses for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by you, we will obtain your consent before we make such further uses of your Personal Information.
If you have a complaint about our compliance with this Policy, you may contact us a [email protected] If you are not satisfied with our response, you will have the right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory authority in your country of residence in the EU.
GDPR Data Protection Rights
We would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
The right to access – You have the right to request copies of your personal data. We may charge you a small fee for this service.
The right to rectification – You have the right to request that we correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request that we complete the information you believe is incomplete.
The right to erasure – You have the right to request that we erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to restrict processing – You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to object to processing – You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.
The right to data portability – You have the right to request that we transfer the data that we have collected to another organization, or directly to you, under certain conditions.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us.
CCPA Privacy Rights – Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Under the CCPA, among other rights, California consumers have the right to:
YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS
If you are a U.S. resident, you may obtain certain information regarding our disclosure of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email to [email protected]
ACCESSING AND CORRECTING YOUR INFORMATION
You can review and change certain portions of your Personal Information by logging into the Platform and visiting your account profile page. We may not be able to delete your Personal Information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect. If you delete your User Contributions from the Platform, copies of your User Contributions might have been copied or stored by other Platform users. You will have additional rights if you are a resident of the European Union.
Our Platform is not intended for children under 13 years of age, and no one under age 13 may provide any information to this Platform. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under age 13, do not use or provide any information on this Platform, make any purchases through this Platform, use any of the interactive or public comment features of this Platform, or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or username you may use. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under age 13, please contact us at [email protected]
We have implemented measures designed to secure your Personal Information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. All information that you provide to us is stored on our servers behind firewalls, and certain Personal Information will be encrypted using secure socket layer (SSL) technology.
The safety and security of your information also depends on you. When we have given you (or when you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Platform, you are responsible for keeping that password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Platform such as message boards. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Platform.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information over the Internet is not completely secure. Although we have implemented security measures that we think are adequate, we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information transmitted to our Platform. Any transmission of Personal Information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for the circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Platform.
We post any changes we make to our Policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ Personal Information, we will notify you by email to the primary email address specified in your account or through a notice on the Platform home page.
The date this Policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date, active and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our Platform and this Policy to check for any changes.
To ask questions or comment about this Policy and our privacy practices, contact us at:
Southwestern Academy – 2800 Monterey Road, San Marino CA 91108
If you have a complaint that has not been satisfied by contacting us at one of the addresses above, you have the right to complain to the independent public authority created by your country of residence with the responsibility for monitoring the laws governing the processing of Personal Information.