Independent Preschool-8th Grade

Swain at a Glance


"We nurture the collective joy of learning and individual spirit within each child" - D. Esther Swain, Founder (1929)


  • Preschool (three year olds) through eighth grade
  • A coeducational, non-denominational college-preparatory school
  • 300 students
  • A student/teacher ratio of 7:1
  • Located on 20 picturesque acres in suburban Allentown, Pennsylvania


  • Average class size is 14


Swain’s program of academics is a challenging, interdisciplinary approach to learning. These subjects are taught at all grade levels:


Language Arts Spanish Character Education
Social Studies Visual Arts Technology
Math Music Library
Science Theatre Arts


Subjects such as writing, Engineering and Design, public speaking, and Wellness are added to the curriculum as the students progress through the grades.

In addition, all students participate in our character education programs – a variety of character-building programs and events such as Virtue of the Month, community service projects, Town Meetings and the Buddy Program, that teach ethical values and develop each student’s sense of self.


  • 20 acres of land dedicated to student exploration, development and learning
  • Classrooms designed using research-based developmental concepts
  • Imaginate Center, a flexible learning space that encourages students to design, experiment, build, and invent for active, hands-on engagement across different curricular disciplines
  • McCann Center, a regulation-size gym and performing arts venue
  • Barbara Schuster Memorial Learning Garden, a student-designed environmental classroom and rain garden
  • Ella Kovats-Bernat Amphitheater, an outdoor space for classes, entire grades, or our larger community to gather and watch performances, hear speakers, or simply reflect
  • Werner Field, one of multiple athletic fields utilized for Swain sports and developmental programs within the community


  • Preschool options:
    • Monday - Friday (5-day) 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Monday - Friday (5-day) 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
    • Tuesday - Thursday (3-day) 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday - Thursday (3-day) 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • Prekindergarten options:
    • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
    • Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • Kindergarten – Eighth Grade: The school day runs from 8 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
  • Extended Care Program: 7:30–8 a.m. and 3-5:30 p.m.


Archery Boys Basketball Boys Lacrosse
Cross Country Cross Training CrossFit
Field Hockey Dance Dance
Soccer Girls Basketball Girls Lacrosse
Ski Club




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