Swain at a Glance

Our Mission

The Swain School is a vibrant community which inspires students to achieve academic excellence, develop a strong sense of character, and act responsibly in a changing world. We empower children to build confidence, explore knowledge, and work collaboratively in a diverse and safe environment.

The School

  • Preschool (three year olds) through eighth grade
  • A coeducational, non-denominational college-preparatory school
  • 313 students
  • A student/teacher ratio of 7:1
  • Located on 20 picturesque acres in suburban Allentown, Pennsylvania


  • Faculty: 39 full-time and 3 part-time
  • Administrative and Staff: 18 full-time and 3 part-time

Class Size

  • Average class size is 14

Academic CUrriculum

Swain’s program of academics is a challenging, interdisciplinary approach to learning. These subjects are taught at all grade levels:

Language ArtsSpanishCharacter Education
Social StudiesVisual ArtsTechnology
ScienceTheatre Arts

Subjects such as writing, Engineering and Design, public speaking, and Wellness are added to the curriculum as the students progress through the grades.

In addition, all students participate in our character education programs – a variety of character-building programs and events such as Virtue of the Month, community service projects, Town Meetings and the Buddy Program, that teach ethical values and develop each student’s sense of self.


  • Bright cheerful classrooms, many with SMART Boards (interactive white boards)
  • The Imaginate Center, a fully-equipped Makerspace
  • State-of-the-art technology lab
  • Auxiliary tech lab
  • Full-resource library with computers/SMART Board and special reading room
  • Full-size gym/performing arts center
  • Science lab
  • Dedicated classrooms for visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, drama, and science
  • A commons and a community room, with a gallery for visiting visual artists
  • Award-winning organic garden


  • Preschool and Prekindergarten: Classes begin at 8 a.m. There are two dismissal options: 12:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m
  • Kindergarten – Eighth Grade: The school day runs from 8 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
  • Extended Care Program: 7:30–8 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.

Team Sports at Swain

ArcheryBoys BasketballBoys Lacrosse
Cross CountryCross TrainingCrossFit
Field HockeyDanceDance
SoccerGirls BasketballGirls Lacrosse

Swain also offers an Indoor Field Hockey club experience and an Indoor Soccer program during the winter months, for an additional fee.

The Swain School holds accreditation from

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools
  • Middle States Association

We are members of

  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Middle Schools Association
  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
  • Secondary School Admissions Test Board

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