Accountability rating (2018-2019)

A

Southwest School: C

Total students

390

Avg. teacher experience

10.6 years

Southwest School: 9.2 years

Statewide: 11.1 years

Four-year graduation rate

81.8 %

Southwest School: 77.3%

Statewide: 90%

Empowerment High School is a charter high school in Houston, TX, in the Southwest School school district. As of the 2019-2020 school year, it had 390 students. 84.4% of students were considered at risk of dropping out of school. 55.6% of students were enrolled in bilingual and English language learning programs.

The school received an accountability rating of A for the previous school year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state waived accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year.

In the Class of 2019, 81.8% of students received their high school diplomas on time or earlier. The dropout rate for students in grades 9-12 was 4.7% during the 2018-2019 school year.

The average SAT score at Empowerment High School was 874 for 2018-2019 graduates.

As of the 2019-2020 school year, an average teacher's salary was $61,930, which is $4,839 more than the state average. On average, teachers had 10.6 years of experience.

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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 2008 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

Race and ethnicity

Total students

390

African American

15 (3.8%)

Southwest School: 6.7%

Statewide: 12.6%

American Indian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0.1%

Statewide: 0.4%

Asian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0.6%

Statewide: 4.6%

Hispanic

368 (94.4%)

Southwest School: 85.7%

Statewide: 52.8%

Pacific Islander

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.2%

White

5 (1.3%)

Southwest School: 6.3%

Statewide: 27%

Two or more races

2 (0.5%)

Southwest School: 0.6%

Statewide: 2.5%

African American

3.8%

American Indian

N/A

Asian

N/A

Hispanic

94.4%

Pacific Islander

N/A

White

1.3%

Two or more races

0.5%

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

84.4 %

Southwest School: 81.9%

Statewide: 50.6%

Economically disadvantaged

81.5 %

Southwest School: 88.7%

Statewide: 60.3%

Limited English proficiency

55.9 %

Southwest School: 65%

Statewide: 20.3%

At-risk students

84.4%

Econ. disadvantaged

81.5%

Limited Eng. proficiency

55.9%

Enrollment by program

A look at the percentage of students enrolled in certain programs offered at schools for the 2019-2020 school year. A student can be enrolled in more than one program.

Bilingual/ESL

55.6 %

Southwest School: 62.6%

Statewide: 20.6%

Career and Technical

69.7 %

Southwest School: 22.3%

Statewide: 27.6%

Gifted and Talented

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 8.1%

Special Education

11 %

Southwest School: 8.7%

Statewide: 10.5%

Bilingual/ESL

55.6%

Career and technical

69.7%

Gifted and talented

N/A

Special education

11.0%

Academics

Accountability ratings

Texas assigns ratings to districts and campuses that designate their performance in relation to the state's accountability system.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state waived accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year. All Texas public school districts and campuses received the label “Not Rated: Declared State of Disaster.” Our schools explorer shows the accountability ratings from the 2018-2019 school year.

Overall

A

Southwest School: C

Student achievement

B

Southwest School: D

School progress

C

Southwest School: C

Closing the gaps

C

Southwest School: C

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 2020 Accountability Manual.

Four-year graduation rates

The percentage of students who started ninth grade in 2015-2016 and received a high school diploma on time — by Aug. 31, 2020. Learn more about how four-year graduation rates are defined.

All students

81.8 %

Southwest School: 77.3%

Statewide: 90%

African American

Masked

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 86.2%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 87.3%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 96.4%

Hispanic

82.4 %

Southwest School: 79.5%

Statewide: 88.2%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 88%

White

Masked

Southwest School: 69.2%

Statewide: 93.7%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 91.4%

African American

Masked

American Indian

N/A

Asian

N/A

Hispanic

82.4%

Pacific Islander

N/A

White

Masked

Two or more races

N/A

Dropout rates

The dropout rate for students in grades 9-12 during the 2018-2019 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

4.7 %

Southwest School: 6.2%

Statewide: 1.9%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 2.5%

African American

5.9 %

Southwest School: 13%

Statewide: 3%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 0.6%

Hispanic

4.5 %

Southwest School: 4.7%

Statewide: 2.3%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 2.1%

White

12.5 %

Southwest School: 13.6%

Statewide: 1%

Two or more races

Masked

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 1.7%

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 2018-2019 school year.

All students

0 %

Southwest School: 0.5%

Statewide: 25.2%

African American

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 16.2%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 19.4%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 60.5%

Hispanic

0 %

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 23%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 21.2%

White

Masked

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 27%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 28.4%

AP/IB performance

The percentage of test-taking students in grades 11 and 12 who passed at least one AP or IB exam in the 2018-2019 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

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 51%

African American

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 29.2%

American Indian

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 53.5%

Asian

N/A

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 75.1%

Hispanic

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 39.2%

Pacific Islander

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 48.6%

White

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 64.5%

Two or more races

N/A

Southwest School: N/A

Statewide: 64.3%

SAT

The average SAT score for students graduating in 2018-2019, 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

874

Southwest School: 926

Statewide: 1027

ACT

The average ACT composite score for students graduating in 2018-2019. The maximum score is 36.

Avg. ACT score

Masked

Southwest School: Masked

Statewide: 20.6

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 students graduating in 2018-2019.

Reading

42.4 %

Southwest School: 49.5%

Statewide: 60.7%

Math

22.7 %

Southwest School: 30.8%

Statewide: 48.6%

Reading + Math

21.2 %

Southwest School: 29.7%

Statewide: 44.2%

Reading

42.4%

Math

22.7%

Reading + Math

21.2%

Staff

Teacher ethnicities

These figures are expressed as a percentage of the total teacher full-time equivalent (FTE) as of the 2019-2020 school year.

Total teacher FTEs

16.6

African American

7.1 (42.7%)

Southwest School: 37.7%

Statewide: 10.8%

American Indian

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.3%

Asian

2 (12%)

Southwest School: 10%

Statewide: 1.8%

Hispanic

3.8 (23%)

Southwest School: 30.8%

Statewide: 28.1%

Pacific Islander

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

Statewide: 0.2%

White

3.7 (22.2%)

Southwest School: 21.5%

Statewide: 57.7%

Two or more races

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 0%

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: 1.3%

Bachelor's

6.6 (39.8%)

Southwest School: 63%

Statewide: 73.4%

Master's

10 (60.2%)

Southwest School: 33%

Statewide: 24.5%

Doctorate

0 (0%)

Southwest School: 4%

Statewide: 0.7%

Students per teacher

The total number of students divided by the total full-time equivalent count of teachers for 2019-2020.

Students per teacher

23.5

Southwest School: 21.3

Statewide: 15.1

Teacher experience

This figure for the 2019-2020 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

10.6 years

Southwest School: 9.2 years

Statewide: 11.1 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

$61,930

Southwest School: $60,406

Statewide: $57,091

Beginner

$42,336

Southwest School: $53,128

Statewide: $49,868

1 to 5 years

$57,200

Southwest School: $57,010

Statewide: $52,823

6 to 10 years

$58,516

Southwest School: $55,959

Statewide: $55,756

11 to 20 years

$68,953

Southwest School: $66,061

Statewide: $59,308

20+ years

$84,023

Southwest School: $75,598

Statewide: $65,449

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