• Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School

    “Inspiring scholars to change the world through community”


    School Information

    Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School is located on 55 acres in Southwest Little Rock, and is the new flagship high school for the state’s capitol city. Our scholars will have access to a wide variety of challenging classes and pathways.  We prepare scholars for the global stage through project-based learning and interdisciplinary teaching models.

    Scholars begin in the Freshman Academy, during their ninth grade year, which provides a small supportive environment as students learn what it takes to be successful in high school. From there, students choose a pathway in one of the three Career Academies.

    Little Rock Southwest is home to a student-run First National Bank branch, open to students, faculty and staff for daily banking. All students also have the opportunity to open a savings account.

    In addition to a rigorous and expansive curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses and blended learning opportunities throughout the school, LRSW also offers scholars the opportunity to participate in multiple clubs, sports teams, music programs and more.

    We help all of our scholars make the most of their high school education, and we work closely with business and community partners to provide hands-on experiences and training. Each academy’s advisory board welcomes parent’s input and involvement in their children’s education. We believe in cultivating meaningful relationships to help our scholars succeed.

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    School Academies

    Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School will offer a path for scholars interested in studying a specific career magnet area while in high school. LRSW will have Freshman Academy and three career magnet academies: The Academy of Aerospace & Medical Sciences, The Academy of Business & Computer Science and the Academy of Leadership & Public Service. The Academies empower scholars through career exposure which allows them an opportunity to take courses that introduce them to the essential knowledge and skills related to a particular career.  General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at various levels. Each pathway will lead to industry certification and/or college concurrent credit with Advance Placement (AP) scores and provide rich real-world 21st Century learning experiences, which support industry needs.


    Academy of Aerospace & Medical Sciences

    The Academy of Aerospace & Medical Science will feature pathways in Aerospace & Drone Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Health and Nutrition and Sports Medicine. This academy is designed for scholar’s who have an interest in exploring opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving, which are relevant for numerous careers.    


    Academy of Aerospace & Medical Science Pathways

    Aerospace & Drone Engineering - This course is designed to help scholars understand the field of engineering and drone technology. Scholars will develop engineering problem solving skills, explore foundational overview of the basics of drones, and explore various engineering systems and drone-related career and entrepreneurial opportunities. Scholars will receive a basic overview of drones, how they function and fly, while also learning to fly effectively without GPS, and discuss how drones are currently being deployed for commercial and public safety use.

    Biomedical Sciences –  Scholars are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Through activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Scholars work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication. This course is designed to allow scholars take on real-world medical and science challenges while working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems.

    Health & Nutrition –  Scholars will explore nutritive processes, nutritional needs for various stages of the life cycle, therapeutic diets, dietary modifications, and timely nutrition-related issues. Students use critical thinking skills to investigate scientific, consumer oriented, and global aspects of nutrition, as well as programs, policies, and institutions that influence nutrition services.   

    Sports Medicine – This course is appropriate for scholars who wish to pursue a career in healthcare with a focus on the musculoskeletal system, injury assessment, injury prevention, or rehabilitation including careers in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitative Services. This course will enable scholars to receive initial exposure to therapeutic services skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry.


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    Academy of Business & Computer Science

    The Academy of Business & Computer Science will feature pathways in Banking, Business Marketing & Design, Mobile Application Development and Drafting & Robotics. This academy is designed for scholars who have an interest in expanding their understanding and skills related to the business industry.


    Academy of Business & Computer Science Pathways

    Banking- This course is designed to educate scholars with real-world banking and financial situations through a partnership with a local financial institution. Completion of this course provides scholars with a foundation for continued education in finance and business administration, provides an introduction to the role of money, financial market, financial literacy and monetary policy in the economy.

    Business Marketing & Design –Scholars will explore various forms of ownership, internal organization, management functions, digital marketing, graphic design, aspects of marketing and managing a small business enterprise, risk management, the use of technology, legal, ethical, and social obligation of businesses, saving and investing, taxes and financing as it relates to business. Scholars can also participate in youth apprenticeship which is a paid work experience designed to assist students in grades 11-12 in their specific career pathways.

    Mobile Application Development – Scholars will design and build applications and will use the latest tools and technologies available for mobile app development. Scholars will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

    Drafting & Robotics - The Architecture and Construction Cluster encompasses designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining physical structures and the larger built environment, including roadways and bridges and industrial, commercial, and residential facilities and buildings. Robotics enables scholars to identify and investigate different types of robotics systems. Scholars engage in designing and analyzing robotics systems to identify and investigate problems in real-world scenarios, and devise solutions using various robotics systems.


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    Academy of Leadership & Public Service

    The Academy of Leadership & Public Service will feature pathways in Human & Social Services, Law and Leadership, and Pre-Education. This academy is designed for scholars interested in various law and legal services, human relationships and the educational field of study.     


    Academy of Leadership & Public Service Pathways

    Human & Social Services The course includes the importance of mental wellness, positive coping techniques, and awareness of treatment options of mental illnesses. This course a provides a foundation for all career areas that involve interacting with families, mental health and wellness, treatment team members, clients, patients, customers, and the public. Concentration areas include family and social services, youth development, and adult and elder care. Ethical, legal, and safety issues, as well as helping processes and collaborative ways of working with others, will be addressed.


    Law & Leadership- Leadership and Service Learning emphasize the importance of leadership skills, volunteerism and professionalism in the development of personal qualities. This course focuses on various types of attorney’s and legal services, the benefits of community service, leadership roles and civic responsibilities. Scholars are encouraged to explore areas of critical and creative thinking, responsibility, and cultural awareness as they relate to character development.

    Pre-Educator – This course is designed to provide scholars with information and experiences in the field of education. Scholars will plan and direct individualized instruction and group activities, prepare instructional materials, assist with record keeping, make physical arrangements, and experience other responsibilities of classroom teachers. Scholars are involved in observations as well as direct instruction; placement rotations are utilized to allow scholars to have experiences in various education career roles, grade levels, subject areas, and ability groups.


    Marvin Burton - Executive Principal

    Marvin Burton Greetings from Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School. Welcome to the home of the Gryphons!

    It is an honor and privilege to be the principal of such an amazing state-of-the-art high school.  Little Rock Southwest is the district’s first high school to be built in over 50 years, and will be the new flagship high school for the State’s capitol city.

    Our passion is reflected in our efforts to provide a rigorous, engaging, challenging and rewarding educational experience for our scholars.   We are committed to a culture that supports our scholars emotional, intellectual, social and physical needs.

    LRSW encompasses a school culture that is committed to our college and career focus, which can only be accomplished through active and meaningful partnerships with our scholars, families, business industry and community members.

    It is my extreme pleasure to work with a committed team of faculty, families and community friends. Together, we will prepare a new generation of scholars who will graduate from LRSW ready for both college and careers and prepared to compete successfully in the 21st century economy.


    Academy Principals

    Clausey Myton- Principal

    I am excited about the academy structure and the opportunities the scholars will get to explore.

    Chase Utley –Principal

    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” - Confucius.  At Southwest High School we offer an abundance of career pathways to our freshman scholars. Our freshman academy gives scholars the opportunities to explore these different careers pathways and follow the path that peaks their interests. With state of the art facilities and cutting edge technologies our scholars can acquire key skills for building their futures.

    Paul Calley -Principal

    Southwest High School is a state of the art educational facility that is unmatched in the state of Arkansas. It's exciting to be a part of such an elite school and work with a staff that is dedicated to the success of our scholars. Southwest scholars will be presented with many unique educational opportunities through the Career Pathways programs that are offered. They will have a tremendous advantage in planning for the future and deciding on a career path.

    Hiram Sumlin- Principal

    A favorite quote of mine is “many hands make the load light.” The Academies at Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School are rigorous and engaging with dedicated educators that are ready to assist our scholars.

    Karisa Allmon – Principal 

    It is our vision to be an exemplar school that models effective teaching and learning through our challenging and exciting career academies. LRSW scholars will graduate with a wealth of knowledge, and be fully prepared for both college and the career of their choice. 

    Antony Hobbs –Principal

    We have a magnificent campus and are very proud of our Gryphons and all they will accomplish.

    Charles Blacknall- Principal

    I am looking forward to the multiple academies, collaboration between the school and community/career partners, and problem-based case learning.  The academies will better prepare the scholars of Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School for college, careers, lifelong learning, and leadership.


    Academies of Central Arkansas

    Little Rock Southwest Magnet High School


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    Office Hours

    8:30 am-4:30 pm



    9715 Mabelvale Pike

    Mabelvale, AR 72103


    Unique Offerings

    Sports Medicine

    Project Lead the Way (PLTW)-Biomedical Science

    Drone Technology

    Legal Services


    In-House Mental Health Services


    Feeder Schools

    Cloverdale Middle School

    Henderson Middle School

    Mabelvale Middle School



    Marvin Burton

    Executive Principal






    Year Founded



    Current Students



    Class Offerings

    • Accounting/Banking
    • A/V Tech, Advertising, & Graphic Design
    • Computer Science & Mobile App Development
    • Medical Office Administration
    • Business Marketing
    • Drafting & Design
    • Drone Technology
    • PLTW Engineering/Robotics
    • PLTW Biomedical Science
    • Sports Medicine
    • Teaching & Childcare Guidance and Management
    • Nutrition & Food Sciences
    • Human & Social Services
    • Legal Services
    • Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG)
    • Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST)
    • Art
    • Band
    • Choir
    • Debate
    • Foreign Language
    • Journalism
    • Theatre


    Academics & Support

    Afterschool Program

    Little Rock Southwest has over 20 clubs that are headed by our amazing staff that range from Poetry, to the Gentlemen’s Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics, Chess, and so much more. We also have an afterschool program through 21st Century grant for our student’s to stay engaged and connected to learning opportunities outside our regular school times.

    Talented & Gifted

    Little Rock Southwest’s Gifted and Talented (GT) Program provides an educational environment for identified GT scholars that allows them to develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally.   

    We accept all types of gifted scholars from all cultures and economic backgrounds, regardless of race, sex, or creed, who have demonstrated a need for specialized services, and will be offered a qualitatively differentiated curriculum.

    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Little Rock Southwest’s ESOL program is a research-based alternative language learning model that supports the affective, linguistic and cognitive needs of students with limited English proficiency. Our goal is to afford equal access to the scholar’s educational pursuits. We offer ESOL classes as a means of preparing and transitioning scholars in an educational setting for high school and careers.

    Emotional Intelligence

    Little Rock Southwest is equipped with Mental Health Agencies such as The PAT Center, Life Strategies, and The Point and we have two Full-Time Social workers who work with our scholars and families. We also have a School-Based Intervention Team (SBIT) and are developing a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) to provide intervention support services.