Accountability rating

Met standard

Southwest School: Not rated (Harvey provision)

Total students

356

Avg. teacher experience

10.4 years

Southwest School: 8.3 years

Statewide: 10.9 years

Four-year graduation rate

95.4 %

Southwest School: 84.6%

Statewide: 89.7%

Empowerment High School is a charter high school in Houston, TX, in the Southwest School school district. As of the 2017-2018 school year, it had 356 students. The school received an accountability rating of Met standard. 72.5% of students were considered at risk of dropping out of school. 36.5% of students were enrolled in bilingual and English language learning programs.

An average teacher's salary was $52,531, which is $803 less than the state average. The average SAT score at Empowerment High School was 839. The average ACT score was 12.6. In the Class of 2017, 95.4% of students received their high school diplomas on time or earlier. The dropout rate was 1.6%.

Contact information

Website

www.swschools.org

Address

6400 Westpark Dr Ste 200
Houston, TX 77057

Office phone number

(713) 954-9528

Principal

Higher Ed Outcomes

Students in Empowerment High School are part of the Texas Education Agency’s Region 04. Students who started eighth grade in 2007 in this region had a college graduation rate of 23.2 percent. View a more comprehensive breakdown of the higher education outcomes in Region 04.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Total students

356

African American

9 (2.5%)

Southwest School: 8.3%

Statewide: 12.6%

American Indian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0.2%

Statewide: 0.4%

Asian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0.4%

Statewide: 4.4%

Hispanic

342 (96.1%)

Southwest School: 84.7%

Statewide: 52.4%

Pacific Islander

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.1%

White

5 (1.4%)

Southwest School: 5.9%

Statewide: 27.8%

Two or more races

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0.4%

Statewide: 2.3%

African American

2.5%

American Indian

N/A

Asian

N/A

Hispanic

96.1%

Pacific Islander

N/A

White

1.4%

Two or more races

N/A

Risk factors

A student is identified as being at risk of dropping out of school based on state-defined criteria. A student is defined as "economically disadvantaged" if he or she is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch or other public assistance.

At-risk students

72.5 %

Southwest School: 75%

Statewide: 50.8%

Economically disadvantaged

81.7 %

Southwest School: 90.3%

Statewide: 58.8%

Limited English proficiency

38.8 %

Southwest School: 58%

Statewide: 18.8%

At-risk students

72.5%

Econ. disadvantaged

81.7%

Limited Eng. proficiency

38.8%

Enrollment by program

A look at the percentage of students enrolled in certain programs offered at schools for the 2017-2018 school year. A student can be enrolled in more than one program.

Bilingual/ESL

36.5 %

Southwest School: 54.6%

Statewide: 18.9%

Career and Technical

36 %

Southwest School: 13.8%

Statewide: 25.8%

Gifted and Talented

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 7.9%

Special Education

7 %

Southwest School: 8%

Statewide: 9.1%

Bilingual/ESL

36.5%

Career and technical

36.0%

Gifted and talented

N/A

Special education

7.0%

Academics

Accountability ratings

Texas assigns ratings to districts and campuses that designate their performance in relation to the state's accountability system. In 2017-18, Texas gave school districts with more than one campus a letter grade from A to F. The state did not give grades to campuses and instead gave them ratings based on the previous system, such as "met standard" or "improvement required." Some districts did not receive ratings for a variety of reasons, including being impacted by Hurricane Harvey, being annexed by another district, or having compromised data.

Overall

Met standard

Southwest School: Not rated (Harvey provision)

Student achievement

N/A

Southwest School: D

School progress

N/A

Southwest School: D

Closing the gaps

N/A

Southwest School: D

The overall grades are based on three categories: student achievement (how well students perform academically), school progress (how well students perform over time and compared to students in similar schools) and closing the gaps (how well schools are boosting performance for subgroups such as students with special needs).

For a detailed explanation of this year’s accountability system, see the 2018 Accountability Manual.

Four-year graduation rates

The percentage of students who started ninth grade in 2013-2014 who received a high school diploma on time — by Aug. 31, 2017. (Learn more about how four-year graduation rates are defined.)

All students

95.4 %

Southwest School: 84.6%

Statewide: 89.7%

African American

Masked

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 86.1%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 86.3%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 96%

Hispanic

95.2 %

Southwest School: 91.5%

Statewide: 87.7%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 88.6%

White

N/A

Southwest School: 69%

Statewide: 93.6%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 91.7%

African American

Masked

American Indian

N/A

Asian

N/A

Hispanic

95.2%

Pacific Islander

N/A

White

N/A

Two or more races

N/A

Dropout rates

The dropout rate for students in grades 9-12 for the 2016-2017 school year. It is calculated by dividing the number of dropouts by the number of students who were in attendance at any time during the school year.

All students

1.6 %

Southwest School: 3.8%

Statewide: 1.9%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 2.6%

African American

12.5 %

Southwest School: 12.5%

Statewide: 2.8%

Asian

Masked

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 0.5%

Hispanic

1.3 %

Southwest School: 2.1%

Statewide: 2.3%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 2.2%

White

Masked

Southwest School: 8.6%

Statewide: 1.1%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 1.3%

College readiness

AP/IB participation

The percentage of students in grades 11 and 12 taking at least one Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in any subject during the 2015-2016 school year.

All students

29.6 %

Southwest School: 20.5%

Statewide: 26.2%

African American

Masked

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 17.4%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 20.7%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 61.2%

Hispanic

30.1 %

Southwest School: 27.2%

Statewide: 24%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 24.4%

White

N/A

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 28.2%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 29.5%

AP/IB performance

The percentage of test-taking students who passed at least one AP or IB exam in the 2016-2017 school year. A passing score on the AP exam is a 3, 4 or 5. On an IB exam, it is a 4, 5, 6 or 7.

All students

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 49.1%

African American

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 27.9%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 48.2%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 73%

Hispanic

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 36.7%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 46.8%

White

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 63.5%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 61%

SAT

The average SAT score for the Class of 2017, with critical reading, writing and mathematics results combined. The maximum score is 2400. For the small percentage of students who took the redesigned SAT with a maximum score of 1600, their scores were converted to the equivalent scores on the previous SAT using College Board concordance tables.

Avg. SAT score

839

Southwest School: 885

Statewide: 1019

ACT

The average ACT composite score for the Class of 2017. The maximum score is 36.

Avg. ACT score

12.6

Southwest School: 12.6

Statewide: 20.3

College-ready graduates

A graduate is considered college ready in Reading or Math if he or she has met or exceeded the college-ready criteria on the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) test, the SAT or the ACT test. These figures are for the Class of 2017.

Reading

24.2 %

Southwest School: 29.5%

Statewide: 53.2%

Math

21 %

Southwest School: 22.1%

Statewide: 42%

Reading + Math

11.3 %

Southwest School: 13.7%

Statewide: 37.8%

Reading

24.2%

Math

21.0%

Reading + Math

11.3%

Staff

Teacher ethnicities

These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total teacher full-time equivalent (FTE).

Total teacher FTEs

22.3

African American

7.4 (33%)

Southwest School: 35.7%

Statewide: 10.4%

American Indian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.3%

Asian

3 (13.3%)

Southwest School: 6.8%

Statewide: 1.6%

Hispanic

5.5 (24.4%)

Southwest School: 30.1%

Statewide: 27.2%

Pacific Islander

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.4%

White

6.3 (28.3%)

Southwest School: 26.4%

Statewide: 58.9%

Two or more races

0.2 (0.9%)

Southwest School: 1%

Statewide: 1.1%

Highest degree held by teachers

These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total teacher full-time equivalent.

No degree

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 1.4%

Bachelor's

16.3 (73.1%)

Southwest School: 71.8%

Statewide: 74.1%

Master's

6 (26.9%)

Southwest School: 28.2%

Statewide: 23.8%

Doctorate

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.7%

Students per teacher

The total number of students divided by the total full-time equivalent count of teachers for 2017-2018.

Students per teacher

15.9

Southwest School: 20

Statewide: 15.1

Teacher experience

This figure for the 2017-2018 school year refers to tenure — the number of years a teacher has been employed in any district, whether or not there was an interruption in service.

Avg. teacher experience

10.4 years

Southwest School: 8.3 years

Statewide: 10.9 years

Teacher salaries

The average salaries listed here are for regular duties only and do not include supplemental pay. For teachers who also have nonteaching roles, only the portion of time and pay dedicated to classroom responsibilities is factored into the calculation.

Base average

$52,531

Southwest School: $49,704

Statewide: $53,334

Beginner

$50,884

Southwest School: $43,102

Statewide: $47,667

1 to 5 years

$47,291

Southwest School: $46,695

Statewide: $49,663

6 to 10 years

$49,651

Southwest School: $49,837

Statewide: $52,056

11 to 20 years

$51,589

Southwest School: $53,190

Statewide: $55,246

20+ years

$65,397

Southwest School: $65,650

Statewide: $61,428

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