Intermediate School

GRADES 4 – 6

The Swain School’s intermediate students – grades 4-6 – experience a journey of individual self-discovery.

We meet the needs of this unique age group by providing a challenging, rich curriculum with engaged teachers in a safe, nurturing environment. We strive to inspire creativity and imagination, challenge students to take risks, and ultimately foster a love of learning within each child.


Swain’s academic program is one honed by years of research, based on best teaching practices, and adapted each year to best serve each community of learners. Students are challenged to write, speak, and express themselves clearly and articulately. They work collaboratively, think creatively, problem solve, and strive to achieve academic excellence.

In the intermediate grades, students are based out of homerooms or advisories. In fourth and fifth grades, students spend most of their academic days with a carefully chosen homeroom teacher.

Students engage in daily classes of the following core subjects: Math, English/Humanities, Science and History.

Intermediate school students are exposed to many high-quality specialist courses, which may include:

Engineering & Design Library Spanish
Art Music Theatre Arts
Physical Education (grade 4 only)


Each year, Swain students in grades 4 - 8 participate in the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) standardized testing program called the CTP. Click here to learn more about this process.


In addition to high-quality academic opportunities, students are invited to participate in a number of stimulating extra-curricular activities. Classes or activities are created and run by Swain teachers and could include sports activities, chess club, robotics, and Girls on the Run. Beginning in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to participate on sports teams and in drama productions.