Students with dyslexia have challenges, it is harder and takes longer to learn how to read because of the way their brains are wired. With the right teachers and learning environment the hard work done in acquiring language pays off because students develop great persistence and grit.
Our experience at Swift has been nothing but extraordinary. My son has attended the school since first grade and he will graduate this year from eighth grade. I have no idea what some of the parents are talking about in 1 or 2 of the older posts on this site. I have been at Swift a long time and seen it all. All the teachers are highly trained and qualified! The spectrum of kids accepted has not broaden at all, in fact the student profile is more focused than ever on students with dyslexia and related language learning differences. The school has remodeled the main building adding beautiful new classrooms and added an additional new building with art, music, frameworks, middle division classes and a lunch room. The reason we love Swift is that it is a community of amazing teachers, specialists and families working together to help kids with language challenges to love school, love learning and appreciate their many gifts and talents.
This is our son's second year at Swift, and we are so happy to have found this school for him. He is a dyslexic learner, and has ADHD. When he was in our (good) public school for K and 1, he hated school- in a class of 25+ kids, with only 1 hour a day with the special Ed reading teacher, he was frustrated, overwhelmed, and miserable. Swift has been so amazing for him. The low student-teacher ratio, the positive environment, the caring teachers, and the differentiated instruction to different learning styles has been the perfect learning environment for him. He LOVES Swift- and this is huge, coming from a boy who never loved school, going all the way back to pre-k. He's told us on several occasions that he wants to go to Swift all the way to 8th grade. He's more confident, he's reading and learning so many great techniques to help him be a successful learner, and he's made lots of friends here. The teachers, and assistant teachers, have impressed us so much with their knowledge, teaching styles, and nurturing personalities. I know my son is in good hands every day, with teachers who truly care for him. We absolutely love Swift, and the positive impact this school has made on our son.
Our son had been to four schools, including Preschool and homeschooling/K12, before we found The Swift School. Since our son was 5 yrs old he had been diagnosed with language deficits, through neuropsychology Evans and IEPs. The moment we walked into The Swift School we "felt" a different "climate" and environment! Every SINGLE person we came in contact with (teaching staff, administrators, coaches, parents) was smiling and GREETED us! They had no idea who we were or why we were there, yet we're kind and courteous. We felt we were HOME!! Our son started in December 2014. He has had the best grades he has had since preschool, is happy once again with school, and is progressing exponentially in math, language arts, and reading. We feel both accomplished, and blessed! Dr. Salapka, as well as the head of school Mr. Wendell, and Angela as well as the front staff Anna have been phenomenal! We are so grateful. If the school is a good match for your child, you will NOT be disappointed!
My child came to Swift School midyear in 4th grade after it became obvious that he was not being challenged or progressing in the public schools. While he is not dyslexic, he has some learning challenges that sort of made him fall in the gap in the public school between the mainstream students and the students with more severe learning disabilities. We looked at several schools and chose The Swift School despite some of the negative reviews we saw after meeting with the Admissions Director and several of the teachers. We chose Swift because we felt that our son would fit in well meaning that his learning challenges were not as severe as some of the children we saw at other schools. He is not dyslexic but has benefited from the teaching strategies in place at Swift. He likes going to school and has been progressing in his reading and math to our satisfaction. Bullying was one of the concerns we had after reading other reviews and has not been an issue at Swift School. The teachers and administration have been great to deal with and are dedicated to doing everything they can to make the students succeed. We plan on sending our son to Swift School for another year.
This is my fifth grader's second year at Swift. They have helped him grow in confidence, ability, and independence. He was beginning to feel like he was not smart in his former public school. Swift has made him love school again!
Please carefully read these reviews as Swift school is not a healthy environment for any child. In four years our son had a 6:1 student teacher ratio for only 5 months. Currently the norm is 15 children packed into a small classroom with 3 teachers - majority not OG certified, most have just graduated. In addition, the spectrum of learning differences that Swift accepts has broadened significantly, such that they no longer focus on auditory, expressive, and receptive learning differences as advertised, but extensive behavioral issues which teachers are not trained to manage. If you are considering Swift, be sure to ask how many children were removed for disciplinary issues the prior year. The statistics, if truthfully shared, are alarming. The statistics do not address the turmoil in the classroom, I did not know what a beat circle was, or what it meant for a child to tea bag another child's desk until this past year at Swift. Do not subject your child to what our son went through, look elsewhere.
My son has attended the Swift School for 6 years. It has been nothing but a miracle for him and our family. Swift gets my child. Swift not only helps him with his challenges, they also appreciate him for his strengths. My son loves school, he knows he is dyslexic but he also knows his future is bright. The school has not stayed the same over the years. It has gotten better and better every year. The current administration has transformed the school into a place that truly embraces the whole child by offering additional programming like arts, athletics, music, drama, science, concerts, assemblies, field trips and so much more. It is a real school not a remediation pit-stop to nowhere. The school has grown slowly over the years as more people have found out about our amazing school.
My child attended for 3 + years with disconcertingly poor results... Swift's mission states: "The mission of Swift School is to prepare children with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences to be successful in life. ..." Their staff is not trained to address 'language-based learning differences let alone recognize the dynamic difference - window dressing. Swift is not suitable for auditory, expressive, and receptive learning differences. Swift does not have their finger on the pulse of the student or parents... Their focus has ventured off path and lost sight of why the school is in existence; to help children that have limited resources to aid in their education process, not build reserves! Staff resources are stretched at best and not proportionate with the cost of tuition. Student to teacher ratios are not as advertised and as enrollment continues to increase and physical space remains unchanged; students are on top of each other. Contact SLP's, child psychologists, language-based specialists to ensure the precise fit for your child. Invest in research before selecting any school, especially when the cost (financial and emotional) is so high!