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School Highlight of the Week – The Swift School
The Swift School is located in Roswell, Georgia for students in grades 1st through 8th. The mission of The Swift School is to prepare children with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences to be successful in life. The learning environment includes a nurturing approach, a compassionate teaching style and small class sizes. “As a result of investing in their child’s future, parents can expect their child to improve their reading abilities and comprehension, written and oral language processing, written and oral expression, self-esteem and confidence as well as other academic, social and physical skills.” (www.theswiftschool.org)
The 20,500 square foot building and athletic sport court of The Swift School sit on on 4.7 acres. Teachers have significant teaching experience with children who have disabilities and are passionate about working with them. Continuing education and training for teachers is a priority and they spend a lot of time with each student as the student to teacher ratio at Swift is 6:1. The school plans to grow in the upcoming years to include Pre-First programs, Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. The current enrollment for the 1st through 8th grades is 252 students.
The Swift School uses a specific teaching approach called the Orton-Gillingham Approach. This approach “emphasizes teaching all subjects through multi-sensory techniques that involve the auditory, visual, tactile, and kinesthetic pathways to the brain.” (www.theswiftschool.org). A speech and language pathologist provides faculty support for students who require additional help with expressive and receptive language with small group and classroom instruction.
Outside of the classroom, students have many choices of clubs to join that meet after school. Some of the club subject areas are Sports, Art, Science, Karate, Ballet, Crafts, Chess and Chorus. Each day, there is also a homework hour after school where students can complete homework with faculty help. Musical, theater and art programs are also offered. There is a Rolling Admissions process at Swift and students are accepted throughout the school year. During tours, an opportunity is given to meet with a representative of the school’s committee, tour on campus, observe classrooms and ask questions.
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Tuition costs for The Swift School includes lunch fees, supplies and tuition. Grades 1-5: $22,350 Grades 6-8: $23,750