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 95 students in grades 9-12. These students represent 76 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, and Hills.
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 11 classroom teachers on staff. You can see who they are by clicking the Staff link in the previous window.
Cost of Education* $10,180.00
Institutional Grant** $3,280.00
Cost per Student*** $6,900.00
* 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
For the year 2016-2017 we are operating on an unbalanced budget. We are attempting to raise the deficit by way of fundraisers.
Our students raise money for their individual classes by having a magazine sale every September. Students also raise money for the school with an annual Soup and Pie Sale. Our school has an annual donation sale. We collect used ink jet and laser printer cartridges as well as spent toner cartridges from office copiers, and old cell phones and turn them in for recycling as a fundraiser. All the mothers and some constituents are members of SWMCH Circles. Each circle has at least one fundraiser every year and all the circles participate in two soup suppers every year. We also conduct a drive each year in order to raise funds for building improvement. SWMCH is associated with the Southwest Christian High School Foundation. Donations to the Foundation are invested and the interest from those investments is donated to the school for general operating expenses.
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 everyday. The cost of each student meal is $2.90. 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 has a computer lab that provides 20 desktop computers. We are in the third phase of deploying a laptop computer to every student. In 2014 the incoming freshmen class all received a laptop, and each freshmen class thereafter will receive the same so that we will be a completely 1 to 1 school in 4 years. Each teacher also has a laptop computer. Our Media Center consists of a 6,000 volume library as well as 5 desktop computers. All student computers can print to 1 laser printer in the computer lab, we also have a copy machine available for printing for teachers. The office maintains a printer/fax machine as well. The entire school is on a wireless network and all stations and laptops have access to the internet. Students have access to most of the computers in school provided they sign a network usage contract stating they will abide by the rules and use the computers and the network responsibly. We have ceiling mounted projectors in all classrooms, 2 portable projectors, 2 VCRs, 4 DVD players, and 2 large screen TVs. Every classroom is also wired to cable TV. Students also have access to 3 digital cameras and 4 digital camcorders for special projects.