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Early Childhood Education on the Swain Campus

D. Esther Swain, the founder of the Swain Campus, believed in extending learning beyond the classroom. She insisted on hands-on experiential opportunities that allow students to test ideas and apply knowledge. Swain’s expansive campus grounds, playground spaces, and outdoor learning venues provide ample opportunities for students to engage with nature, exercise, and explore their relationship to the world around them.
“This school embraces individuality and helps children grow into themselves, instead of molding them all into one kind of person. Here, kids become the best version of themselves.” – SWAIN PARENT
Program Options and Flexible Care
  • Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten families can choose between full-day or half-day attendance.
  • The Swain Campus offers a full-day Kindergarten program.
  • To accommodate various family schedules, we provide Extended Care before and after school.

Individualized Learning

Our Early Childhood classrooms are led by two instructors— a lead teacher and a collaborator— ensuring individualized attention. With a 7:1 student-teacher ratio, our faculty tailors learning plans to each student's unique style, collaborating closely with parents and learning support. Grounded in research-based practices, our child-centered approach fosters curiosity, recognizing and embracing diverse learning styles.

Weekly, students partake in comprehensive instruction covering language arts, math, social studies, science, Spanish, movement, and music. Employing developmentally suitable approaches, our youngest learners cultivate early literacy and critical thinking skills, laying the foundation for active engagement in the Lower School.
Fostering a secure and inclusive community is integral to our social and emotional curriculum. Responsive Classroom techniques, embraced across the Beginning School, feature teachers modeling positive language, establishing productive routines, and addressing misbehavior proactively and consistently, maintaining a unified approach across all grade levels.

Technology seamlessly integrates into the curriculum, enhancing the learning experience. 

A School Counselor, Reading Specialist, and Learning Specialist offer year-round support to both faculty and students.

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