Independent Preschool-8th Grade

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 2017 Secondary School Placement Guide)

The conversation surrounding schools begins in sixth grade. Each spring we host a Secondary School Fair, when representatives from more than 30 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.

In the spring of seventh grade, students are invited to participate in an optional tour of various types of secondary schools, and all seventh graders take a practice SSAT test.

During the fall of eighth grade, the process becomes 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.


Summer Play Date[s]

Join us for a morning of fun that will include art activities, science experiments, and outdoor play!

July 23 & August 12 • 10 a.m. - noon