Frequently Asked Questions
Admissions criteria include family support of our school philosophy, financial support of the school, an established church relationship, and a Christian commitment based on the infallible word of God. Application can be made through the school office telephone 507-442-4471. Southwest MN Christian High School admits students of any race, color, or national ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, progams and activities generally made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate in the administration of its education policies, admission programs, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
We have 115 students in grades 9-12. These students represent 84 families. These families represent 18 churches from 8 denominations. These students mostly come from rural towns within a 40-mile radius of Edgerton. Most of our students come from feeder schools in Edgerton, Chandler, Hills and Worthington.
All faculty members are carefully selected on the basis of academic excellence, Christian philosophy, dedication to the teaching profession, and commitment to God's Word as the authoritative guide for Christian living. Teachers all have a Bachelor's degree in their field, and many of Master's degrees. Teachers are certified through the state of Minnesota. We have 13 classroom teachers on staff. You can see who they are by clicking the Staff link in the previous window.
Cost of Education* $9,112.00
Institutional Grant** $1,862.00
Cost per Student*** $7,250.00
* Does not include building cost
** Donation Sale, Foundation, Circles, Fundraising, MISF, etc.
*** When 2 children are in attendance, the second child is $150 less
*** When 3 children are in attendance, the third child is $300 less
Here is the information pertaining to the general operating budget for school year 2019-2020:
Besides the fundraising efforts of the school board for the general fund needs, including the annual donation sale (Carry the Light), the following areas are a great support of our students and school in general:
Circles/Parent Groups: All of our parents and other supporters are part of a circle/parent group. These groups hold individual fundraising events and also participate in our annual Fall and Spring Soup Suppers. The funds they raised support the school, students, and staff with the purchase of items outside of the general fund budget. Last year, they contributed over $45,000 in funds to purchase items for athletics, technology, school maintenance, and classroom needs.
STUDENTS: Hold an annual food and magazine fundraiser for their Senior class trip to Washington D.C. With the ability to raise funds over a four year period, many, if not all our students have been able to cover the cost of their trip in full through these fundraising efforts.
BUILDING FUND DRIVE: Each spring, solicitors contact supports in order to raise funds for the building fund needs. In 2017, funds were raised for new bleachers and gym floor refinishing. In 2018, funds were raised to remodel the kitchen with flooring and a few new small appliances. For 2019, the $40,000 plus funds raised were used to put a new roof over the music room end of the building along with two new furnaces for the gym area.
FOUNDATION: Forefathers have established a Southwest MN Christian High School Foundation which contributes a yearly gift from interest earned on the principal balance to the general operating fund.
Our students are involved in the following: Band, Baseball (boys), Basketball, Chapel, Cheerleading (girls), Choir, Cross Country, Drama, Golf, Leaders for Life, Prayer Share Group, Recreational P.E., Players (improv), Sequel (yearbook), Softball (girls), Statisticians/Managers, Student Government, Soccer (boys), Speech, Track, Trap Shooting, and Volleyball (girls).
Southwest MN Christian High is governed by a School Board. The board consists of constituents elected to 3 year terms of service. These constituents are nominated from various groups cooperating with the school. The entire society elects board members at the Annual Society Meeting. The School Board meets on the first Monday of every month. To see who is presently serving on the School Board click the School Board link in the previous window.
Southwest MN Christian High is accredited by MN Non-Public Non-Profit School Association (MNNSA). Our sports and speech programs are governed by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), we receive financial and legislative support from the Minnesota Independent School Foundation (MISF) to whom we pay membership fees, and we are members of Christian Schools International (CSI).
SWMCH participates in the MN School Lunch Program. We have 2 cooks on staff who prepare a hot, balanced meal every day. The cost of each student meal is $3.00. Any family may apply for reduced price or free lunches. The meal is the same as all the other students but at a reduced price or free.
Southwest MN Christian High is a complete one-to-one program with computers. Students purchase, through yearly payments, a school provided computer. Projectors, Apple TVs, and internet access are accessible for all faculty, staff, and students.