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The Swain School

Private | PK-8 | 320 students

We are best known for small classes and offering many opportunities to learn.

 
 

Living in Allentown

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $137,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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4 stars

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2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted December 7, 2006

In our over ten year experiences with The Swain School at every grade level, I know that anytime I needed to discuss an academic or developmental issue about one of my children, Swain's administrators and faculty were always available to work through my concerns to our family's entire satisfaction. The Swain School has been a wonderful, nurturing, and safe environment for my children. Small class sizes provide teachers the ability to focus on every child in the classroom. Well-qualified teachers use varied learning approaches and well-integrated technology throughout the pre-K-8 curriculum to create a superb and challenging academic environment. The successes of my children in learning independent study skills and self-confidence are priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

We had our son in Swain for 2 months and pulled him out. What a nightmare. We left behind about $8,000 in tuition but I would do it again in a millisecond. We were under the impression that this school would be excellent for gifted and talented students but found that Swain accepts anyone who will pay the $14,000 tuition. Teachers seemed burned out and not any better than public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

Excellent school. Inclusive, friendly environment. Warm, dedicated teachers. Language program and field trip are great, too. This school turns kids on to learning. Small classes sizes a plus. Swain is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Both of my children have attended Swain from K-3 up to 3rd grade. The academic programs are wonderful & there is a lot of opportunity for all levels of learning. The children have music, art, theater arts, computer lab & every kind of language imaginable. Sports are available starting in 5th grade. School field trips are plentiful throughout the year. Parents can be as involved as they wish. The two downsides to this school are the price & the politics that occur with parents & administration. Some safety issues have come to light within the past 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Has an excellent and Challenging academic curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 82% 7%
White 8% 74%
Black 6% 16%
Two or more races 3% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Gifted specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
American sign language
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Todd Stansbery
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (610) 433-3844

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
  • reading specialist
Transportation options
  • Provided by public schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Archery, Dance
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
Girls sports
  • Archery, Dance
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Diversity club
  • Girls on the run
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Moravian Academy
The Hill School
The Blair School
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1100 S 24th St
Allentown, PA 18103
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Phone: (610) 433-4542

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