Stronger Together
Moravian Academy and The Swain School Become One 
In August 2020, Moravian Academy and The Swain School merged to become one Preschool through 12th-grade co-educational college preparatory school. Founded in 1742, Moravian Academy is the ninth oldest independent school in the United States and is comprised of over 900 students and 200 employees. The extensive facilities are located on three campuses which together are the premier choice for independent education in the Lehigh Valley region.

Each campus possesses a distinct culture and setting:
● The Downtown Campus for Grades PS-8 inside the national historic landmark district that is at the heart of the City of Bethlehem;
● The Merle Smith Upper School Campus for Grades 9-12, situated on 120 acres of green expanse in Bethlehem Township, approximately 7 miles from downtown Bethlehem;
● The Swain School for grades PS-8 with a 22-acre contemporary campus in the beautiful west end of Allentown, approximately 25 minutes from the Bethlehem campuses.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 items.

  • Why is this partnership happening?

    Such a partnership could bring tremendous opportunity for our schools, our communities, and for the state of education across the Lehigh Valley.  Our two schools share values, a commitment to excellence in education, and a shared belief in the benefit of educational options for families. The educational landscape is changing, and it is those schools that act boldly and embrace change that will thrive. While the details of the partnership are still taking shape, we are confident that we have the potential to be even stronger together.
  • Is this considered a merger or an acquisition?

    While our schools will be merging, we see this as a true partnership of like-minded schools. We approach this agreement not from a position of necessity, but from a position of strength. The Moravian Academy of today is itself the product of a similar partnership, so we know without question that joining makes us stronger, especially among such aligned institutions.
  • Will tuition increase?

    This partnership is about student experience, not finances. Should the agreement be finalized, we do not anticipate our families will experience any substantive changes in tuition, aside from our normal annual tuition increases. This partnership will not change tuition for the 2020-2021 year.
  • What, exactly, is changing?

    Our students and families will experience very few changes. Moravian will continue to operate its two campuses in Bethlehem, and Swain will continue to operate on its existing campus in Allentown.  Each school will retain its name and its cultural, experiential touchstones, such as Moravian’s Church-inspired traditions. Class sizes will remain intimate, as our families value. School calendars for next year are set and will remain in place.
  • Will the schools’ Boards of Trustees merge?

    If the process moves forward, the governing body will comprise current Trustees from both Moravian Academy and The Swain School.

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Downtown Campus

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Merle-Smith Campus