Secondary School Placement

As part of the middle school experience at Swain, our students and their families are guided through the process of selecting a secondary school for 9th-12th grades.

With the support of Julia Getty, Director of Secondary School Placement, and Sue O’Neill, Secondary School Placement Coordinator, families receive specific, individualized information and advice – no matter what secondary school options they choose to explore. (see the Secondary School Placement Guide 2016)

Class of 2016 raises their class flag.

The conversation surrounding schools begins in sixth grade, as the process unfolds during family coffees and meetings. Each spring we host a Secondary School Fair, when more than 20 of the finest schools from Massachusetts to Virginia visit our campus, making themselves personally available to the attendees. Last year’s event drew more than 75 students and their families.

During the fall of eighth grade, the process becomes even more individualized, as students and families meet with Swain administrators to review schools, discuss options, conduct mock interviews, and complete applications. Recognizing that the process is unique to each individual, Swain administrators routinely visit top secondary schools in order to learn about school culture and programs.

Swain graduates have gone on to attend numerous independent day and boarding secondary schools; many of these are listed below.

Blair Academy

Moravian Academy

Choate Rosemary Hall

The Pennington School

Deerfield Academy

The Perkiomen School

The George School

Phillips Exeter Academy

The Hill School

St. Andrew’s School (Delaware)

The Lawrenceville School

Solebury School

The Masters School

Westtown School

Mercersburg Academy

Wyoming Seminary

In addition, our graduates have attended a number of fine area public and private high schools including Emmaus, Parkland, Southern Lehigh, Allentown Central Catholic, Notre Dame, and Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, as well as international schools.

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