Stronger Together Moravian Academy and The Swain School Become One
Moravian Academy announced in a letter to the community on Tuesday, July 14th that Moravian Academy and Swain School were exploring a partnership. On Friday, August 8th, the schools announced that the Boards of Trustees for each institution had voted to approve the partnership. Please see below for the letter. This is an ongoing process and we will update this page as the process continues.
To Our School Communities,
We are pleased to announce that, last evening, the Moravian Academy and Swain School Boards of Trustees each unanimously voted to move forward with our partnership, solidifying a strong foundation for the future of independent schools in the Lehigh Valley. Having completed a comprehensive due diligence process, the two schools will execute a binding memorandum of understanding to formally join our institutions.
Today’s announcement is the beginning of a new chapter that will allow our schools to expand on our current programming and fuel our collective vision. In partnership, our schools will become stronger and the experiences for our students will become more meaningful.
Importantly, Moravian and Swain will continue to operate independently and provide the small-school experiences our families cherish. Our schools share similar missions and values, and we affirm the rich histories, traditions and vibrant communities that make each school unique.
This is a joyous occasion and a monumental moment in our schools’ histories, and when the time is right we will come together to celebrate this incredible milestone. Right now, however, our teams are focused on fall reopening plans to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff as we prepare for the upcoming school year. Click here to learn more about Moravian Academy’s reopening planning, and click here regarding The Swain School’s plans.
During times like these, we are reminded of how important and special it is to be a part of such a close-knit school community. We deeply value the trust you’ve placed in us to create a rewarding experience for your child and prepare them for a lifetime of success. We look forward to all we will accomplish together.
Jeff Zemsky Head of School Moravian Academy
Dr. Armistead Webster Head of School The Swain School
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.
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.
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.
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.