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Swan School

Private | PK-6 | 60 students

Our school is best known for the individual attention we give each student.
 
 

 

Living in Port Townsend

Situated in a small town neighborhood. The median home value is $240,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted April 7, 2014

Swan school has been so great for my daughter. There are three recess periods each day, many great field trips, lots of community interaction, fantastic teachers, art and music, and a top notch curriculum. My daughter has really blossomed at Swan!
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Posted November 7, 2013

I have a great amount of respect and gratitude toward Swan School's wonderful teaching, both in the high quality traditional educational sense, and in the more subtle teaching of values in relation to community, generosity, kindness, and care. My son was recently given $20 spending money from his Grandma. He told me this morning that he wants to bring it to school to put in the jar for "the kids who can't afford to pay for Swan, so they can still be here". He doesn't know he's one of those kids, but he is learning from this wonderful community that everyone, no matter what they have by way of money, is given the chance to be a part, and he is moved to help make this happen. We love you! Thank you for all your good work. -J.
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Posted September 7, 2013

Swan School is a community in and of itself. It is financially accessible to many with its financial aid and scholarship options. For two years the school has made it very affordable for my two students to attend. The school activities are integrated and diverse. For example, the older students mentor the younger students, the choir class walks over to the nearby nursing home and sings to the residents, the school is involved in community volunteer projects. My children love Swan School because of the small class size.
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Posted April 7, 2011

Swan School's highlights include experienced, insightful teachers, and a great community of students who really care for one another. We love Swan School!
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Posted June 14, 2010

We love Swan School! My daughter has been there for four years. Russ Yates is a great teacher and director. All her teachers have been excellent. She is doing well academically and emotionally. She looks forward to school, and enjoys learning. Don't be discouraged if it seems expensive. There are scholarships and financial programs. And the cost is consistent with similar schools. Great program, excellent long-term vision, it will just get better and better.
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Posted October 30, 2006

My Daughter is in her 5th year at Swan School and We love it. It has been a wonderful experience for us in every way. We have been very involved in the school and that has made our years there all the more rewarding. The art, music program and choir are fantastic, and compliment the educational programs. The school has a unique program for behavior and involvement amongst the kids, that really keeps them engaged. Even the homework for the 3-6th graders is a unique experience that is well thought out and wonderful in how the kids learn public speaking, while the observers learn to see the best in others work, and learn to compliment and encourage each other. We would highly recommend this school.
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Posted March 29, 2005

Swan School has a very low teacher/student ratio, which means lots of individualized attention for each student. At a time when the public schools are cutting programs, Swan's curriculum emphasizes art, music, foreign language and the performing arts. Swan focuses on project-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on learning, which means the kids are really learning to learn, instead of just memorizing things. There's a high expectation of parent involvement at the school, which means that the families at the school really get to know each other. The multiage classrooms and all-school activities help foster meaningful relationships between young students and older students, helping develop confidence in the younger students and a sense of responsibility in the older kids. Our daughter has been at Swan for three years, and we're thrilled the school has recently expanded to 8th grade-- means we can stay longer!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Hispanic 2% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Russell Yates
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
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Balanced Calendar
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Music
  • Visual arts
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Robotics club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • 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
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
27
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
48

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Jefferson Community School (independent)
Blue Heron Middle School (public)
West Sound Academy (independent)
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2345 Kuhn St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Phone: (360) 385-7340

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