Beginning School

Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten

A place to wonder, create, explore and discover.

Beginning with our three- and four year olds, children are given opportunities to socialize and play, developing skills to build friendships and grow as valued members of a purposeful and safe learning community.

preschoolers playing 'veterinarian'

Each week, students receive instruction in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Spanish and Music. Using developmentally appropriate strategies, our youngest students build early literacy and critical thinking skills, preparing them to be engaged readers, writers and problem solvers in our Lower School (grades 1-3). Technology is woven throughout the program, as a tool to enhance learning.

The learning extends in our Beginning School as students attend special events including weekly assemblies and field trips and have Swain “buddies”
in older grades.


Swain offers a full-day Kindergarten program, while Preschool and Prekindergarten students may attend for full day or half day sessions, and for the entire week or a portion of the week. We understand that many families need a flexible schedule for a variety of reasons, so we also offer Extended Care before- and after school, with special programming during many school holidays and in the summer. A number of SASS (Swain After School Specials) programs are available for children in these grades.


The faculty in Beginning School are highly qualified professionals, many of whom hold advanced degrees. To ensure that every child receives individualized attention, there are two teachers in each classroom: a lead teacher and a collaborative. A full-time school counselor, and a full-time learning support strategist provide assistance for faculty and students, as well.

We’re enrolling now for Fall 2017

Please complete our Admissions Inquiry Form, or contact the Admissions Office at 610-433-4542, ext. 119, or

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