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About Swain

Every child should have the opportunity to become the very best that he or she can be. At The Swain School, we provide the environment in which that can happen.

We embrace their individuality and diversity. We focus on excellence in academics, integrated with the arts, athletics and technology. In a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, our students develop their own leadership skills and self-confidence … an appreciation of character values, such as honesty, integrity and compassion … and become aware of the global community with an emphasis on stewardship.

Our graduates tell us that the transition from a smaller, nurturing environment to a larger secondary school setting is an easy one for them. They feel prepared, both personally and academically, to make their place in the world.

The Swain School holds accreditation from: 

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools
  • Middle States Association

We are members of:

  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Middle Schools Association
  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools
  • Secondary School Admissions Test Board




Why PS-8th Grade?


The childhood and preteen years are critical to your child’s academic, emotional and social development. That’s why we believe that the preschool through 8th grade education program provides the best atmosphere to prepare children for the future.

They become leaders when they need to learn those skills the most and are open to understanding the demands and responsibilities of leadership. They learn how to become leaders … captain the sports teams … take center-stage in drama productions. At the same time, they are still part of a community that includes preschoolers, which keeps them from growing up too fast, while allowing them to serve as role models to the younger children.

Our challenging academic curriculum lets them explore a variety of new subjects in a comfortable and familiar environment. By eighth grade, their strengths, learning styles and interests have coalesced, and our graduates tell us they feel prepared for secondary school, confident in themselves and their abilities to make their way in the world.

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