About Swan School
You will find this is a very special place for children and their parents. Our community offers a diverse program focusing on the talents and needs of your child. The holistic focus is both our heritage and our strength, which has been evolving since Swan School began in 1983.
We pride ourselves in putting children first and our core question has always been “What is best for children? What supports the educational needs of Swan School students?” Beginning in 2012 Swan School enhanced its strong program by balancing the school calendar. Even though our local economy has changed drastically since the days when most families earned their livelihood from the land, today’s traditional school schedule still mirrors the earlier need for family farm labor in the growing months. In addition to the agricultural context, the traditional academic calendar also best supports a school structure that has children organized into grade levels with same-aged peers, a structure originally put in place during the industrial revolution. In the single-grade structure the assumption is that all children learn at the same pace and have roughly the same needs based on their age. Curriculum in this structure is very systematic and tied directly to the school calendar – each grade level can be viewed as a step on a staircase. The effect on each child’s education is to lock them into blocks where learning is experienced one step at a time.
A multiage school structure, on the other hand, views learning as a continuous process – more closely resembling a path than a staircase. Children follow their path with numerous ups and downs that often follow their own growth spurts. Although there are common goals and benchmarks, multiage continuous learning structures are much more individualized – and more natural. A balanced school calendar best supports this structure and the manner in which children learn – continuously. A schedule that distributes time at school and time away from school more equitably throughout the year makes more sense given children’s natural learning rhythm.
Our multiage classrooms and balanced calendar are both a large part of our philosophy here at Swan of doing what is best for children, and we are always growing and learning to best suit the needs of our community of parents, students, staff, and faculty.
Swan School is a regional model for developing engaged students, passionate teachers, and strong community connections.
Swan School builds strong learners in an environment of academic excellence aligned with creativity and personal expression. We develop wise and compassionate leaders as an investment in everyone’s future.
Our core values guiding our learning:
Children and adults work and play together in a safe and supportive community.
We create a learning environment that inspires reaching excellence in academics and in life.
We foster curiosity about the world through a rich environment that encourages innovative thought and personal expression.
We cultivate empathy for ourselves, our fellow beings and the environment – we respect our interconnectedness.
Our educational framework and daily practices are structured to develop leadership skills.
Our learning is dynamic and infused with laughter, joy and playfulness.
Why Choose Swan School?
- Intimate, safe, and nurturing learning environment
- Experienced, innovative, enthusiastic, and accessible teachers
- Multiage classrooms
- Project-based interdisciplinary curriculum
- Low student-teacher ratios
- Personalized instruction
- Well-rounded music program
- Spanish beginning in Kindergarten
- Eco-friendly classrooms
- A close-knit group of wonderful kids and involved families!
Characteristics of a successful student
Swan School enrolls students who are eager to learn, work well with others, and are respectful to staff and fellow students of all ages. Our students welcome academic challenge and are able to focus and work hard. Their creativity and love of learning enhances our vibrant educational environment.
Families & Swan
Parental involvement in the activities of the school is appreciated, encouraged, and is a crucial element in the development of a successful learning experience for the children. From helping kids read in the classroom to performing maintenance and cleaning chores, families regularly give many hours each month to keep Swan School standards high. We maintain a Parent Library in the office of titles parents are welcome to borrow at any time.
Swan School recognizes the increasing diversity of the towns and cities across our nation. We strive to prepare our students for this complex world by honoring not only racial, ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity, but also by welcoming the unique personalities, belief systems, traditions, and experiences each family brings to our school community.
Diversity at Swan School means that we respect and affirm the individuality of each student, family, staff, and trustee. We consider our diverse learning styles, physical abilities, interests, perspectives, economic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexual orientations integral and important parts of who we are as a school community.
When children experience a safe and respectful environment, they thrive as unique individuals and as a community of peers. By promoting tolerance and understanding, Swan School supports each child’s capacity for wisdom and compassion, developing leaders of an inclusive future.
Swan School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarship and financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
Although Swan School strives to provide a learning program to fit the students’ needs, we are not equipped with the necessary resources to adequately serve students who may fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Students who display severe behavioral problems.
- Those requiring special education programs.