Lower School

Grades 1-3

Lower School is a time of joyful learning for our first through third grade students.

From the very first day, they grow in leaps and bounds – boy building sled out of cardboardintellectually, emotionally, and behaviorally. Children become readers and writers, mathematicians, scientists, and historians through rich, challenging, active learning opportunities. Through personalized, differentiated instruction, teachers engage students by asking questions and pushing them to explore the possibilities.

Children in Lower School develop a strong sense of character by fully participating in morning meetings, constructing class agreements, learning about virtues, and taking on responsibilities to keep our shared spaces safe and cared for. These experiences help students develop skills to help them collaborate, resolve conflict and care for the world they will one day lead.

Core Subjects

All students in Lower School receive weekly instruction in the following core subjects. Aligned with best practice, technology is woven throughout all subjects and students frequent the Makerspace for innovative, project-based learning and the Library for research and book selection. Additionally, in third grade, students join the fourth- and fifth grades in our Swain Chorus.

MathematicsPhysical EducationTheatre Arts
Language ArtsSpanishMusic
Social StudiesArtScience


Extending the Learning

Field trips, guest speakers, and experiential learning opportunities enrich instruction at every grade level. Our students travel to a variety of local and regional destinations, including the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Moravian College, DaVinci Science Center, Allentown Symphony Hall, and local farms and parks. Visitors also enhance the learning experience. Students have heard from travelers to Haiti and Honduras, enjoyed presentations about world cultures and religions, and tried their hand at sand painting and Chinese writing.

Extracurricular

Additional programs offered through SASS (Swain After School Specials), provide opportunities to discover a new passion, or deepen exploration in a familiar area of interest. Dancing, ice skating, cooking, science, archery, basketball, cheerleading, and robotics are just a few of the many choices offered throughout the year.

Faculty

The Lower School Faculty and accredited specialists are highly qualified professionals, many of whom hold advanced degrees. A full-time school counselor and full-time learning support strategist provide assistance for faculty and students, as well. Class sizes range from 10 to 16 students, intentionally limited to maximize the learning potential for students and allow for differentiated instruction.

we're enrolling now for fall 2017

Please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@swain.org or 610-433-4542, ext. 119 or or complete our Admissions Inquiry Form.

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