SouthWest Metro High School

SWMHS 401 Building
401 East 4th St. Chaska, MN

The SouthWest Metro High School (SWMHS) was designed with students first. SWMHS is designed for students in grades 9-12. SWMHS is a full-day diploma program, which was created to provide students the chance to excel in classes through reduced class size and one-on-one teacher attention. Students also have the opportunity for career and technical education on site during their school day. SWMHS is more than a building; the students and staff work together to build a learning community to prepare students for the real world. SWMHS also offers services to special education students. 

For more information contact:
Cindy Walters   

Information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program as well as evaluation information is available on request.
Contact Joyce Eissinger:

The Catalyst program is designed for students who who attend SouthWest Metro High School and who have chemical dependency or mental health needs that impact their academic success. The program includes two mental health therapists who work with students in general education and special education, in conjunction with other SWMHS staff.
Students work individually and in group sessions with the therapists on identifying self-awareness of their mental health needs and developing positive coping and self-advocacy skills. The SWMHS team consists of general education teachers, special education teachers and mental health therapists. Students must be enrolled at SouthWest Metro High School and have a current diagnostic assessment (within 12 months).


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Options
SWMHS students may have the opportunity to earn college credits through Career and Technical Education classes. The following CTE classes are offered at SWMetro:
Agricultural CareersAutomotive TechnologyComputer NetworkingComputer RepairConstruction TechnologyCosmetology, Criminal JusticeGraphic Design and Print, Medical CareersPhotographyProject Lead the Way (Engineering)

Post Secondary Enrollment (PSEO) Options
SWMHS students may have the opportunity to enroll in PSEO classes through a variety of Minnesota Colleges. Talk to your counselor for more information.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses. 
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.