Welcome to the Southwest Career and Technical Academy website. We are very proud of the eleven programs we are offering to the high school students in our community. The school is divided into two smaller learning communities – the Design Academy and the Professional Service Academy. Within the smaller learning communities, students share English, math, science, social studies, electives, and program classes with fellow students who share a common career interest. In the classroom, project-based learning activities will simulate real-world experiences, preparing the students for entry into the world of work, post-secondary training, or college and university life.

Midterm Exam Schedule

Below is the first semester exam schedule. There will be only one lunch on Tuesday, January 13. The buses will leave at 10:47 and make-up exams will be held between 12:00 – 1:45 on January 14th – 16th.

Tuesday, January 13:

7:00 – 8:45: Period 1 Exam
8:45 – 8:55: Passing Period
8:55 – 10:40: Period 3 Exam
10:40 – 11:25: Lunch
11:30 – 12:25: 5th Period
12:30 – 1:25: 7th Period

Wednesday, January 14th:

7:00 – 8:45: Period 2 Exam
8:45 – 8:55: Passing Period
8:55 – 10:40: Period 4 Exam

Thursday, January 15th:

7:00 – 8:45: Period 5 Exam
8:45 – 8:55: Passing Period
8:55 – 10:40: Period 7 Exam

Friday, January 16th:

7:00 – 8:45: Period 6 Exam
8:45 – 8:55: Passing Period
8:55 – 10:40: Period 8 Exam

2015 SWCTA Yearbook

The 2015 edition of The Howl yearbook is now SOLD OUT. Additional copies will only be ordered based on demand. If your child is interested in purchasing a yearbook, please order online here. New payment plan orders are no longer being taken.

The price schedule is as follows for this year:

$90 (August 1 – September 30) (SOLD OUT)
$100 (October 1 – October 31) (SOLD OUT)
$110 (November 1 – December 19)
$125 (December 19 – January 30)
$130 (February 1 – June 5)

Tutoring Schedule

Tutoring will be held Monday through Thursday on the following schedule:

Day of the Week Subject Teacher/Room
Monday Social Studies Mr. Thomas, Room H213
Tuesday Math Ms. Ervin, Room C106
Wednesday English Mr. Orapello, Room E109
Thursday Science Ms. Williams, Room F114

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting

The first Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting will be held on September 23rd at 9:00 AM in the Principal’s Conference Room.


Future meeting dates and times are posted below. All PAC meetings will be held in the Principal’s Conference Room.

  • October 15th, 6:00 PM
  • November 19th, 9:00 AM
  • December 17th, 9:00 AM
  • January 21st, 9:00 AM
  • February 18th, 9:00 AM
  • March 18th, 9:00 AM
  • April 15th, 9:00 AM
  • May 20th, 9:00 AM


Infinite Campus

This year the school district is moving to a new Student Management System called Infinite Campus. This system replaces a variety of other programs including Parentlink, which was formally used to access student grades. Student accounts are now active in the system and Parents should be receiving their information in the mail shortly. If any parent does not receive their account information by October 1st they are encouraged to contact the school to help resolve the issue.

The website for the student/parent portal is https://campusportal.ccsd.net . On initial log in students must use the following default settings:

Username = Student number

Password = xxmmddyy

xx = First initial of First name, First Initial of Last Name
mmddyy = (Month, day, year of birth)

On your initial log in, you will be prompted to change your password. The next time you log in you will be asked to set your user preferences. It is highly encouraged to add an email into the system, as that will allow you to retrieve your password in case you forget it.

There is a mobile App available for Apple and Android products. But you must set up your web browser account first before you will be able to log into the mobile app.


To The Family at Southwest Career and Technical Academy

I am so very pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the position of Principal of Southwest Career and Technical Academy. As you have learned, Ms. Gonzales has been promoted to role of Assistant Chief Student Achievement Officer. She will continue to serve our school as well as all six of the other Career and Tech Academies, Eldorado High School, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools. I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Ms. Gonzales for the last six years; most recently as the Assistant Principal of SWCTA.

I come to you with a strong background in Career and Technical Education as well as educational technology. I hold an Apple Distinguished Educator award, a Google Certified Teacher certificate, and was recently an Adobe Educational Leader. I served on the team that originally planned the Career and Technical Academies instituted throughout CCSD and I have a passion for project-based learning.

I am excited, honored, and humbled, to have been appointed to the role of Principal. I promise each of you that I share the vision of excellence that you have grown to expect under Ms. Gonzales, and I will work to maintain the same level of achievement in academics and superior customer service that you deserve.

I hope that you are able to join me at the Welcome Back Barbecue this coming Saturday, August 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m. for new students, noon for returning students.


Donna Levy