The Swain School

  • The Swain School is an independent, coed day school located on 20 acres in Salisbury Township in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. We offer a progressive curriculum with academic rigor to 300 students in Preschool through 8th grade; they come from 22 area school districts.
  • Features include a thorough program of arts (visual, music, and drama), state-of-the art science and technology, languages, a thoughtfully-designed character education program, numerous off-campus experiences, and a full selection of athletics and after-school activities.
  • The Imaginate Center - a fully-equipped Makerspace - was opened in the fall of 2015 and is home to scheduled classes, after-school programs, and summer camps.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1929

Student Body

Total Students294 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Swain School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers44 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesRates vary by grade level; available at
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorKaren Fabiano


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, SoccerArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryCross Fit,
DanceField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Choral ensembles, Dramatic plays, Instrumental ensembles and band, Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
After-school recreational athletic programs
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Allentown
    Grades: PK-8 | 211 students
    1.2 miles
    1151 S Cedar Crest Blvd
    Allentown, PA 18103
    (610) 776-7301
    1.2 PK-8
  • Allentown
    The Lutheran Academy
    The Lutheran Academy Photo - Students have chapel and Religion classes to learn more about the Bible and Jesus, the Savior of the world.
    Special Program Emphasis (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Grades: NS-8 | 77 students
    1.9 miles
    802 N 19th Street
    Allentown, PA 18104
    (610) 841-4144
    1.9 NS-8
  • Allentown
    Grades: PK-8 | 391 students
    1.4 miles
    210 North 18th Street
    Allentown, PA 18104
    (610) 435-8981
    1.4 PK-8
  • Macungie
    Grades: 1-8 | 66 students
    4 miles
    2697 Brookside Road
    Macungie, PA 18062
    (610) 967-3701
    4 1-8
  • Gum Spring
    Grades: PK-12 | 72 students
    232.4 miles
    35 Church Lane
    Gum Spring, VA 23065
    (804) 556-6070
    232.4 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We have one child at Swain in Pre-K. He started there last year in preschool and we were hooked. Honestly, we knew it was home during the tour, when every student, faculty and staff member greeted us smiles that only come from loving where you are. We have so much trust in Swain and it's mission. Every member of the community cares about the place and the people. Our son wakes up every morning excited for school. From private music lessons (at age 4) to challenging & fun curriculum, it's unparalleled. Just a visit. The Swain experience envelopes you. Proud to be a Swain parent, every single day.
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Absolutely amazing school. We have 2 kids there with plans to start our youngest next year. Amazing community. Love the educational approach. This Day and Age, anyone can look up facts. But swain teaches how to be curious. My kids love going to school every day.
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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $7,927 for elementary schools and $16,403 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).