Southwest Open School

Southwest Open School Students Explore Religion

Apr 13, 2018
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After looking at stories of some of the major struggles of our world today, hunger, violence, oppression, environmental destruction, students at Southwest Open High School in Cortez wanted to explore the roots of these often tragic episodes and try to understand how we have gotten where we are today. 

photo courtesy of Matt Keefauver

Southwest Open School (SWOS) in Cortez has named local educator Matt Keefauver as its assistant director. He and SWOS Director Charlotte Wolf joined KSJD's Austin Cope to look ahead at the school year, including possible challenges and the new programs intended to help students.

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Southwest Open School, also known as SWOS, is an alternative high school in Cortez that serves mainly at-risk students. KSJD’s Austin Cope sat down with SWOS Director Charlotte Wolf and SWOS Board President Uriah Hubbard to talk more about what’s been going on at the school lately.


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Cortez’s Southwest Open School has received a $25,000 grant for being one of Colorado’s best-performing nonprofits.

"Spokes and Shovels" at Southwest Open School

Sep 1, 2016
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Students at Southwest Open School just completed a class called "Spokes and Shovels" that incorporates outdoor education through mountain biking and trail maintenance, as well as civic engagement through public outreach. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ed Writner, the SWOS teacher who is leading the class, and Adam Yazzie, one of his students, about the ideas behind this unconventional class, and how students who are taking it are learning about the importance of civics.