Southwest Early College Campus


Southwest Early College Campus, often shortened to Southwest, was a university preparatory middle school and high school campus located at 6512 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri, 64113, United States. It was part of the Kansas City, Missouri School District. The school closed on May 17, 2016.[2]

Southwest Early College Campus
6512 Wornall Road
Kansas City
United States
Coordinates39°00′35″N 94°35′39″W / 39.00969°N 94.59415°W / 39.00969; -94.59415Coordinates: 39°00′35″N 94°35′39″W / 39.00969°N 94.59415°W / 39.00969; -94.59415
Established1927, August 2008
ClosedMay 17, 2016
School districtKCMSD
Enrollment376 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)   Orange and black

School backgroundEdit

Southwest Early College Campus was founded as Southwest High School of the district. It was in the Brookside neighborhood at 65th and Wornall, only two blocks from what is now Border Star Montessori.

Students had the opportunity to take college-level courses with the potential to earn from 20 to 60 college credits and prepare for the rigors of college through a mix of training and relationships with professors and master teachers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. By the time a student graduated from Southwest, they would have earned those hours of college credit from the university.

The Southwest campus allowed students to utilize an on-site planetarium and science laboratories. The school offered a project-based curriculum with extended-day and extended-year opportunities.

The school opened in August 2008 for students in the 6th and 9th grade. The school later added grades 6, 7, 9, and 10.

The Early College Campus started with 240 students, and added approximately another 240 every year.

After the closure of Westport High School in 2010, Southwest Early College Campus took over the attendance zone of Westport.[3][4]


In late 2011, the school's partner institutions announced they would discontinue working with the school as they saw it as being unable to meet its obligations.[5]


  1. ^ "SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Andrea Tudhope (12 May 2016). "As Kansas City's Southwest High School Closes, Graduates Look Back On A Storied Past". KCUR. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  3. ^ "NEW school boundaries for 2010-2011 School Year." Kansas City, Missouri School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Southwest Early College Campus – (Assumes Westport High boundaries)"
  4. ^ "Kansas City Missouri School District 2010/2011 Southwest High School Boundary. Kansas City, Missouri School District. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Joe Robertson (28 October 2011). "Partners pull out of Southwest's early college program". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  • "New Southwest Early College Campus Promises Exciting Opportunity for Students"

External linksEdit

  • School website