About Us

The South Washington Alternative High School (SWAHS) is an educational program designed for students who have exhausted their options in regular school and may benefit from an alternative setting and placement. You can find our application here.

School Profile

  • The SWAHS is an attendance and instructional based program.
  • Our staff is dedicated in assisting every student navigate his or her pathway towards graduation.
  • Each successful candidate, upon completion, receives a high school diploma.
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Students can participate in the Work Experience Program and 916
  • Each student has an advisor that acts as a mentor, and tracks his/her progress
  • Academic instruction is divided into daily units to allow students to track their progress

What do students say about SWAHS...

  • "Teachers push students to succeed: they are awesome."
  • "SWAHS is a safe and positive environment."
  • "The smaller classes are great. Teachers are able to help and get to know you. They want you to succeed."
  • "SWAHS is gold!"

About District 833: 

South Washington County Schools is a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district includes all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, as well as, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships. District 833 is committed to the mission of "igniting a passion for lifelong learning" through collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships.

We have 16 elementary schools for students in grades K-5, four middle schools serving grades 6-8, three comprehensive high schools and one alternative high school. There are also a variety of early learning and adult education and enrichment programs offered through Community Education.

Serves grades 10-12


  • 3 trimesters per year

  • 6 classes per day

(Due to Covid -19 the 2020-2021 School Year will have 3 Trimesters with 2 Terms per Trimester.)